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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:
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.
Jeff Passan reports that the San Francisco Giants have acquired left-handed reliever Will Smith from the Brewers. In exchange, the Giants are sending catcher Andrew Susac and pitching prospect Phil Bickford to Milwaukee.
Smith is 1-3 with a 3.68 ERA over 27 appearances and a K/BB ratio of 22/9 in 27 innings this season. Smith is arbitration eligible and under team control through 2019.
Bickford, 21, was drafted 18th overall by the Giants last year. He’s listed as anywhere from the 50th to the 65th best prospect in baseball depending on who you listen to. He’s at High-A ball right now, where he has pitched effectively in six starts following a successful 11-start sting in low-A to start the season. Susac is a solid backup catcher, much needed in Milwaukee, especially if they still plan on trading Jonathan Lucroy.
Seems like a lot to give up for a relief pitcher, but the price of relief pitching is high. And the Giants obviously, are in win-now mode.