Craig Calcaterra

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Blue Jays trade Jesse Chavez to the Dodgers

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The Dodgers have acquired righty Jesse Chavez from the Blue Jays in exchange for righty Mike Bolsinger.

Chavez has a 4.39 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 42/10 in 41.1 innings of work across 39 games for Toronto this year. Bolsinger has a 6.83 ERA in six starts for the Dodgers. He’s been more effective as a swingman for Oklahoma City. He’ll serve as depth for the Jays.

I guess Scott Feldman, acquired by the Jays today from the Astros, makes Chavez redundant in Toronto. Feldman is certainly an improvement for Toronto and Chavez will help L.A. so win-win-win, I suppose.

Indians designate Juan Uribe for assignment

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For every player acquired, one has to go. Sadly, sometimes, the one who has to go is a fan favorite. The Indians just designated Juan Uribe — a fan favorite of just about every team he’s ever played for — for assignment in order to make roster room for Andrew Miller and Brandon Guyer.

Uribe has had a tough year, hitting .206/.259/.332 with seven homers in 73 games. That’s just not going to cut it for a contender. It’s likely that Jose Ramirez will take over as the everyday third baseman. Ramirez has played a lot of third this year, especially in late innings, and has covered some outfield time that Guyer will no presumably fill.

The Indians made a nice post on Twitter to accompany the transaction:

Indians acquire Brandon Guyer from the Rays

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The Cleveland Indians today acquired outfielder Brandon Guyer from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Nathan Lukes and righty Jhonleider Salinas.

Guyer is a solid depth/platoon guy, who has hit .283/.384/.464 in 472 career plate appearances against left-handed pitching and he can play all three outfield positions. This season he’s hitting .241 with 12 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs and 18 RBI in 63 games. He gets hit by a LOT of pitches.

Lukes, 22, was a seventh round pick last year and is currently playing in high-A. Salinas is 20, pitching in rookie ball. He strikes out a lot of dudes.

A nice pickup for the Indians who will definitely help their lineup and flexibility.