Twins’ outfielder LaMonte Wade left Saturday’s AFL Military Appreciation Game after sustaining a blow to the “head and neck area,” per reports from MLB.com’s William Boor.
Wade collided with Cardinals’ prospect Oscar Mercado while diving for an Austin Riley fly ball in the top of the second inning. According to Boor, he was down on the field for several minutes before being removed from the game on a stretcher. He has been stabilized and taken to a local hospital for further treatment.
The 23-year-old outfielder is in his third year of pro ball with the Twins’ organization. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 2015 amateur draft and currently ranks 17th-best in Minnesota’s system (via MLB Pipeline). He slashed .292/.397/.408 during his first Double-A run in 2017, collecting seven home runs, nine stolen bases and an .805 OPS over 519 plate appearances.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres have traded closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber to the Cleveland Indians. In return the Padres are getting top catching prospect Francisco Mejia.
Hand, the Padres’ All-Star closer, has a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio and 24 saves over over 44.1 innings of work this season. In addition to helping an Indians bullpen which has struggled mightily this season, Hand will provide an insurance policy for the next two seasons given that both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen are due to hit free agency this winter. Hand, meanwhile, is under contract for this year and next for a total of $13.5 million, with a $10 million club option for 2021.
Cimber is another fine reliever who, along with Hand, suddenly transforms the Indians’ bullpen. He’s a 27-year-old rookie, but he’s been a very useful one this year, posting a 3.17 ERA in 42 games, with a K/BB ratio of 51/10 in 48.1 innings. He’s pitched even better than that of late and has been particularly hard on righties. He’s under team control through 2023.
In Mejia, the Padres are getting the Indians’ top hitting prospect. A catcher — though not necessarily a great defensive one — Mejia has struggled in brief stints in the big leagues thus far but is a .291/.344/.438 hitter in six minor league seasons and, at times, has shown star potential. He turns 23 in October.
A nice piece for the Padres in the long term and an immediate upgrade to the Indians’ bullpen in the short term. In short: a baseball trade.