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Indians acquire outfielder J.B. Shuck

Every fan dreams of acquiring that outfielder from the Angels...

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Indians have acquired outfielder J.B. Shuck from the Angels in exchange for cash considerations.

In 2013 Shuck showed some signs of life, batting .293 in 478 plate appearances. He had a poor walk rate of just 5.6% though, among the worst in baseball, and he hit only 2 home runs, and so despite the nice batting average, his wRC+ was 97. That's close to league average, and if a player adds value in other ways, a wRC+ of 97 plays well, but Shuck (who's had success stealing bases in the minors) was just 8 for 12 in stolen-base attempts, and rated as below average defensively as a corner outfielder.

He's spent most of this year down on the farm, and has struggled in what playing time he's gotten with the Angels, batting just .167/.195/.250 in 88 plate appearances, giving him a wRC+ of just 22, fourth worst among 438 MLB players with 80+ PA this season.

He'll report directly to the big-league roster, but I'm not really sure what the need for another crummy left-handed hitter is, and I have a hard time seeing him make a real impact this month, or playing a significant role in 2015, given that there are at least half a dozen outfielders on the 40-man roster who interest me more.