Indians acquire J.B. Shuck from Angels

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J.B. Shuck was designated for assignment by the Angels earlier this week and now the 27-year-old outfielder has been traded to the Indians for cash considerations.

Shuck hit .293 in 129 games for the Angels last season, but it came with just two homers and a modest .697 OPS. He’s been terrible in a limited role this year, hitting .167 in 22 games, but did hit .320 in 102 games at Triple-A.

Based on his speed and lack of power you might assume that Shuck is a quality defensive outfielder, but he’s best suited for a corner spot. He could find a role in Cleveland next season as a backup.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.