Indians trade for Abreu
The Indians and Rays have completed a trade of relievers. Triple-A right-hander John Meloan has been sent to the Rays in exchange for right-hander Winston Abreu, who will slot into the Tribe’s big-league bullpen in the coming days.
The 32-year-old Abreu has made 35 appearances in the Majors with the Orioles, Nationals and Rays since 2006, compiling an 0-1 record and 6.43 ERA. He pitched in the Japanese Pacific League in 2008.
Abreu, a fastball/slider pitcher, made two appearances for the Rays this year, allowing a run on three hits with two walks and tree strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He was called up from Triple-A Durham on June 14 and designated for assignment last week.
Abreu, a native of the Dominican Republic, has spent the bulk of his season at Durham, where he went 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA in 23 appearances. He’s walked 10 and struck out 49 in 32 innings.
Meloan was acquired in the trade that sent Casey Blake to the Dodgers last season and converted to relief work. He’s posted a 5.52 ERA in 25 appearances this season and has been passed by on multiple bullpen moves.
A corresponding roster move to get Abreu on the 25-man roster will be announced when he officially joins the club.
A couple other notes today:
SEEING STARS: Three members of the Columbus Clippers will represent the International League at the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will take place July 15 in Portland, Ore.
Catcher Wyatt Toregas and infielders Jordan Brown and Andy Marte were picked from the Clippers’ roster. Toregas has always been solid behind the plate, but now he’s also batting .288 with an .808 OPS.
Brown and Marte have had strong seasons after being removed from the Indians’ 40-man roster. Brown is batting .326 with an .886 OPS, and Marte is batting .319 with an .878 OPS.
BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY: Regarding the Sports Illustrated poll in which Eric Wedge received 4 percent of the vote when players around MLB were asked which manager they’d least like to play for, it has come to my attention that Wedge also received 4 percent of the vote when players were asked which manager they’d most like to play for. It should also be noted that players could not vote for their own manager in either anonymous survey.