The Cleveland Indians have acquired right-hander Myles Jaye from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations.
Jaye, 26, is expected to report to Triple-A Columbus in the coming days, where he will help fill the void left when the Clippers placed right-handed starting pitcher Stephen Fife on the 7-day disabled list with right elbow soreness.
Jaye has spent the season at Triple-A Rochester, the top farm affiliate of the Twins. In eight starts this season, he had posted a 3-3 record with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in 42 1/3 inning of work, with 15 walks, but only 19 strikeouts, in that span.
He has looked much better in his last four starts for the Red Wings after a rocky start to his season. He has averaged six innings per start and has made three quality outings in that span. His best outing of the season came just two starts ago in a home start against Pawtucket, when he allowed just one hit (a solo home run) in seven innings of work with a walk and two strikeouts in earning his third straight win. He lost his last start against Buffalo, allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts in a tough loss.
In those last four starts for Rochester, Jaye is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP in 24 innings of work. Opposing hitters are batting .176 against him in that span.
The seventh-year pro has taken the tour of the American League Central Division throughout his career. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 17th round of the 2010 draft out of high school, but was traded prior to the 2012 season to the Chicago White Sox. He reached the Double-A level for the Sox, but was traded following the 2015 season to the Texas Rangers, who then flipped him to the Detroit Tigers at the end of spring training in 2016.
He spent the 2016 and 2017 campaigns in the Tigers farm system, working at both Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo, and made his debut last season for the Tigers, going 1-2 with a 12.08 ERA and a 2.21 WHIP in five games (two starts). Jaye’s Major League debut came against the Indians last September 2nd, when he worked three and one-third innings of two-hit relief. He made his first big league start against the Tribe on September 11, and was rocked for seven runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in three and two-third innings to suffer his first career loss.
He signed with the Minnesota Twins after electing free agency following an outright assignment by the Tigers in November.
He gives the Indians another depth option in Columbus for the starting rotation. Adam Plutko has been shuttled back and forth a couple of times now this season and Shane Bieber is set to make his Major League debut on Thursday against the Twins. Julian Merryweather and Shawn Morimando were joined on the DL by Fife. Adam Wilk and Alexi Ogando are the only remaining healthy and regular starters in the rotation and have been joined by a slew of other options during the month of May, including Dominic DeMasi, Matt Whitehouse, Sean Brady, and new returnee to the organization, Mitch Talbot.
It marks the end of a long period of trade silence between the Indians and Twins organizations. The two clubs last completed a deal on August 25, 2011, when Cleveland purchased Jim Thome from Minnesota. It is just the third trade between the two clubs since the waivers trade deadline in 1994.
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