Tribe Trades Metkovich and Webber to Oakland in PCL

May 7, 1948

In a minor trade last night, the Cleveland Indians traded George Metkovich and Les Webber to Oakland for Will Hafey.

Metkovich did not make the Indians out of spring training this year and has been in the Tribe’s minor league system since the end of camp. A year ago, Metkovich hit .254 with five home runs and 40 RBI while playing in 126 games. Cleveland brought eight outfielders to spring training to compete for roster spots, but when Metkovich did not make the team, he became expendable.

Webber did make the Indians out of spring training, filling a role in the bullpen, but has made only one appearance. On April 26, Webber came in to relieve Don Black in the third inning. He finished the inning, but proceeded to allow three runs before being removed with only one out in the fourth inning. His three runs in two-thirds of an inning and 40.50 ERA made it difficult for manager Lou Boudreau have faith in him.

Hafey, a cousin of Chick Hafey and the brother of former big leaguers Bud Hafey and Tom Hafey, is a right-handed starting pitcher with Oakland of the Pacific Coast League. Cleveland now owns his rights and could call upon him to help their ailing starting rotation. Cleveland has not found a trustworthy third starter to fill the role behind Bob Feller and Bob Lemon. To date, Don Black, Al Gettel and Bob Muncrief have all had chances and failed. Tomorrow afternoon, rookie left-hander Gene Bearden will get the start against the Washington Nationals.

Photo: minorleagueball.com

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