The Cleveland Indians have acquired 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Brandon Guyer from the Tampa Bay Rays for 22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nathan Lukes and 20-year old righty starter/reliever Jhonleider Salinas.
Guyer played in 63 games for the Rays this year and he was 51 of 212 (.241 avg, .752 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 18 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He also leads MLB in HBP, as it has happened to him a stunning 23 times so far this year. Guyer has now played in 306 games in his first five years in the show and he is 217 of 851 (.255 avg, .737 OPS) with 124 runs scored, 21 homers, 76 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. Guyer pounds left handed pitching and that is one of the major reasons that the Indians dealt for him. He is 113 of 399 (.283 avg, .848 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 15 homers, 42 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Guyer can play all three outfield spots defensively, adding to his versatility for the Tribe.
Lukes played in 94 games in A-ball for the Tribe this year and he was 109 of 365 (.299 avg, .813 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 5 homers, 33 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Salinas pitched in 9 games (4 starts) in Rookie-ball for the Indians this year and he was 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Neither of them were considered one of the Tribe’s top 30 prospects according to Baseball America.
I like this deal for a couple of reasons for the Tribe. Guyer is versatile in the field and he crushes left handed pitching. Adding Guyer also allows the Indians to move Jose Ramirez to third base full time!