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Cleveland designates Jake Bauers for assignment, promotes Bobby Bradley

The former Top 100 prospect struggled to fulfill his potential

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The Jake Bauers experiment is over. Cleveland has designated the first baseman for assignment and promoted Bobby Bradley from Triple-A Columbus to take his place on the roster.

Bauers has been with the organization since December 2018, when he was shipped to Cleveland as a part of a three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Seattle Mariners. In three big league seasons, one of which was spent with Tampa Bay, Bauers has struggled offensively. He made his Cleveland debut in 2019, slashing .226/.312/.371 through 117 games, before spending all of the 2020 at the alternate training site. He made the big league club out of spring training this season but seems to have bottomed out at the plate with a .190/.277/.280 slash in 113 plate appearances. Bauers is out of minor league options, so he heads to the waiver wire.

Unfortunately, Bradley has not made much of a case for himself in Columbus. He boasts a .196/.266/.485 slash line and nine homers in 109 plate appearances.

Additionally, Cleveland also sent starting pitcher Eli Morgan back down to Triple-A and called up Blake Parker to give the bullpen a temporary boost.