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N&N: Indians trade for catcher Kevin Plawecki

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Morning news and notes for Monday, January 7th, 2018

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Indians acquire Kevin Plawecki for catching depth | indians.com

He’s not Yan Gomes, but is younger and cheaper. Plawecki was a pretty serious prospect too (40th on Fangraphs 2015 list). From Mandy Bell:

“We’re excited to add Kevin to our Major League catching mix,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. “The guy has earned a reputation as a really good teammate, a good receiver, and leads a pitching staff really well.”

Plawecki, 27, has spent his entire professional career in the Mets’ organization and he has been on the club’s Major League roster for the past four seasons. He was a first-round pick (35th overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft. In 2018, Plawecki appeared in a career-high 79 games, despite a six-week stint on the disabled list with a broken left hand. In 238 at-bats, Plawecki hit .210 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs. On the defensive end, Plawecki threw out 22.9 percent of potential basestealers.

“We also believe there’s some upside with him offensively,” Antonetti said. “And we like his ingredients to hit, and think he can be a contributing member of our Major League team.”

The real truth about this baseball winter in Cleveland | cleveland.com

Mr Terry Pluto calmly tells us that the Tribe isn’t spending much money this offseason. Seems spot on and a bummer at the same time.

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