First-place Indians acquire OF Brandon Guyer from Tampa Bay
CLEVELAND (AP) — The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians acquired outfielder Brandon Guyer from Tampa Bay for two minor leaguers on Monday.
Cleveland sent outfielder Nathan Lukes and right-hander Jhonleider Salinas to Tampa Bay.
Guyer, a right-handed hitter, is batting .241 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 63 games. He has been hit by a pitch 23 times, a major league high, and is batting .344 (22 for 64) with four homers against left-handers.
The 30-year-old Guyer played all three outfield positions with the Rays this season. He spent most of June on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
“They’re in a playoff race. I’m looking to go there and help anyway I can and see what happens,” Guyer said before Tampa Bay hosted Kansas City.
“I loved my time here. My family loved it here. It’s part of the business. I was surprised, you know. In this game, anything can happen at any time. So, it’s bittersweet, but I’m looking forward to going to the Indians and helping them win.”
Guyer is making $1,185,000 this year and is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.
The Indians designated veteran third baseman Juan Uribe for assignment.