The Indians are reportedly open to discussing possible trades for everyone on the roster other than Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, but Bauer comes with cost uncertainty with two arbitration years left before hitting free agency. The right-hander is projected to earn $11.6 million in arbitration.
Bauer is coming off a career year, where he led the American League in FIP (2.44) among qualified pitchers and also posted a career-best 2.21 ERA.
Bauer missed more than a month near the end of last season with a small stress fracture in his right fibula after being hit with a line drive. He returned to make three starts in September, followed by three appearances in the ALDS.