MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Indians will activate third baseman Josh Donaldson from the 10-day disabled list ahead of that night’s game against the Rays.
The Indians acquired Donaldson from the Blue Jays on August 31 for a player to be named later. Donaldson has been sidelined with a calf injury since late May. He recently began a minor league rehab assignment and has racked up three hits, including two home runs, in nine plate appearances.
In 36 games with the Jays earlier this season, Donaldson hit .234/.333/.423 with five homers and 16 RBI in 159 trips to the plate.
The Indians have 19 games remaining in the regular season. They need some combination of five wins and five Twins losses to clinch the AL Central. In other words, the Indians essentially have the division locked up, so the goal over the final three weeks will simply be getting Donaldson postseason-ready.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have signed free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year contract, pending a physical. The deal is worth $10 million, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.
Moustakas, 30, was traded to the Brewers from the Royals ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline last season. Between both clubs, he hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.
Last March, Moustakas signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Royals that included a $15 million mutual option for the 2019 season. The Brewers declined that option at the end of October and ended up waiting him out to save $5 million.
Travis Shaw had been in line to be the Brewers’ starting third baseman, but with Moustakas back in the mix, Shaw likely moves over to second base.