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Indians trade Erik Gonzalez to Pittsburgh in five-player deal

Morning News and Notes for Thursday, November 15

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Throw another outfielder on the pile! Yesterday, the Indians traded Erik Gonzalez and two 19-year-old pitchers who spent last season in Arizona for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff.

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Cleveland Indians send Erik Gonzalez to Pittsburgh Pirates in five-player trade | - They sent utility man Erik Gonzalez and two pitching prospects to the Pirates for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff. Gonzalez and right-handers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza are headed to Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Pirates trade Jordan Luplow, Max Moroff to Indians for Erik Gonzalez - Bucs Dugout - The view of the trade from Pittsburgh

Indians trade for Max Moroff, Jordan Luplow - "Jordan is a right-handed-hitting outfielder with almost a year of Major League experience," said Chris Antonetti, the Indians' president of baseball operations. "He's capable of playing all three outfield spots. He's spent most of the time in left and right, but we also believe he has the ability to play center field. He complements our roster really well."

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On Corey Kluber and the changing face of pitching and the Cy Young Award: Tribe Take | - Wins, innings pitched and strikeouts have seemingly lost their value when it comes to the Cy Young award. Or have they?

MLB free agency debate: Where will Michael Brantley sign this offseason? | NBCS Bay Area
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MLB free agents: Not much reason for players to hope for change |
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