The Cleveland Indians seek to settle weekly family matters before opening day.
As noted by Associated Press (h / t ESPN), Cleveland sent utilities veteran Mike Freeman to the Cincinnati Reds for cash in a deal that closed Friday. The move came about 24 hours after Cleveland informed quick outfielder Billy Hamilton that he was not on the big leagues list and will be traded if a buyer emerges.
Freeman was to be behind Amed Rosario, who joined Cleveland in the Trade who sent all-star shortstop Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets, and Yu Chang, and manager Terry Francona told reporters the Reds were better suited for the 33-year-old.
“They seem to have what they think is a better opportunity for him to maybe not only make their club but actually play a little more,” said Francona. “It’s no fun saying goodbye to someone you care about so much, but on the other hand, knowing that they have a really good opportunity made us feel good.”
Freeman joined Cleveland in 2019 and reached .270 in 99 regular season games with the club. Through Marc Sheldon From the official MLB site, Freeman is a .232 / .315 / .330 hitter in his 156 career games.