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Indians sign Craig Breslow

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The Cleveland Indians have signed lefty reliever Craig Breslow to a minor league deal. Breslow, who was released by the Twins following a DFA in late July, posted a 5.23 ERA in 30 appearances this year, with a K/BB ratio of 18/11 in 31 innings.

Not great. He also turns 37 next week and hasn’t been consistent for a good four years now, but if you throw with your left hand you get a lot of chances. It also helps if the best lefty reliever on the planet, Andrew Miller, goes on the disabled list, giving a club like the Indians a need.

 

Rays trade Corey Dickerson to the Pirates

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Hey guys, guess what: another Rays post. This one is news, though:

The Pirates just announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash.

Dickerson, as we’ve mentioned 10,000 times in the past few days, was DFA’d by the Rays for . . . reasons. The outfielder/DH hit .282/.325/.490 with a career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA last year, making the All-Star game. Which is really bad, according to some people who I still don’t totally understand, but what do I know? He’ll slide into an outfield situation in Pittsburgh that currently features Adam Frazier at the top of the depth chart in left.

Hudson is entering the second year of a two-year, $11 million deal, which likely explains why cash is coming back to Tampa Bay in the trade. In 2017 the lefty specialist posted a 4.38 ERA in 71 games, striking out 66 batters and walking 33 in 61.2 innings.

Gray was a 13th rounder in last year’s draft out of Rice. He’s a middle infielder who will turn 22 next month. Last year he played 53 games in the New York-Penn league.