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New Indians general manager Frank Lane makes his first trade for Cleveland, sending starting pitcher Early Wynn and outfielder Al Smith to the Chicago White Sox for former Tribe outfielder Minnie Minoso and infielder Fred Hatfield.
Ahead of Monday’s deadline for tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible players, the Cleveland Indians made some moves.
Early in the day, word broke that the Indians acquired backup backstop Sandy Leon from the Boston Red Sox for 21-year-old minor league pitcher Adenys Bautista, who spent last season in the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona Rookie League. Leon was expected to be non-tendered by the Red Sox. The move may have been curious earlier in the day, as Leon joined three other catchers on the team’s 40-man roster, but that issued cleared itself up as the day progressed. The Tribe announced ahead of the 8 PM arbitration deadline that reliever James Hoyt and catcher Kevin Plawecki were not going to be tendered contracts, making the pair free agents.
After the handful of transactions Monday, the Indians’ 40-man roster sits at 39.
Major League Baseball announced on Monday a new annual award to recognize its star performers for a job well done over the course of the year.
The 2019 All-MLB Team, presented by Scotts, will give fans an opportunity to pick one player at each primary position, three outfielders, five starting pitchers, and two relievers for new annual post-season honors. There will be no individual league recognition, as MLB will honor the game’s best.
Voting began on Monday, November 25, and will continue through 5 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3. Fans may vote once every 24 hours. First and second team honors will be announced during this year’s Winter Meetings, held during the second week of December in San Diego.