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:
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.