Indians Finally Get an Outfielder

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What the Indians got

Cleveland has been connected to a number of different outfielders during this trade season as that became their biggest need once they went out and got Adam Cimber and Brad Hand to help their bullpen.

They did that by going out and getting Leonys Martin from their division rival Tigers.

Martin had a lot of hype when he was making his way up to the majors, and he’s been pretty up and down throughout his career, but overall he’s an athletic outfielder that can steal bases and has done a good job hitting right-handed pitching, especially this season. There’s a good chance he’ll platoon in centerfield with Rajai Davis and that will give them two veteran centerfielders that can do damage on the base paths.

Contract-wise he’s arbitration eligible after this season and then he can become a free agent after next season.

What the Tigers got

Detroit gets minor league, 21-year old shortstop, Willi Castro. Castro was the number eight ranked prospect in the Cleveland organization prior to this trade, according to MLB Pipeline.

Castro is a switch-hitter who has shown that he can really hit from both sides of the plate. He’s also pretty athletic and he has the arm to play shortstop. He is a promising prospect but with Francisco Lindor manning shortstop in Cleveland he was kind of expendable.

For Detroit he will be welcome because he can continue to develop while they still have José Iglesias.

 

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