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Indians acquire utility man Andrew Velazquez from Rays

The Indians will give up some international bonus pool money in return

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Indians have acquired third baseman/outfielder/shortstop/second baseman Andrew Velazquez from the Tampa Bay Rays, according Tampa Bay Times reporter Marc Topkin.

Velazquez turns 25 on July 14, but has not shown much at the major-league level to this point. He has slashed gone 4-for-22 in 23 games with the Rays; his last MLB game was on May 29 prior to being optioned back to Triple-A Durham.

On June 6, Velazquez was placed on the minor league injured list with a thumb sprain. He returned on June 22, played in four games, then hasn’t played since June 26 with an undisclosed injury.

Velazquez’s versatility makes him an intriguing option for the Indians, even it’s just someone to fill in holes as needed in Triple-A for the low, low cost of some bonus pool money. Given how well the Rays have historically done in trades, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re on the verge of signing the next José Ramírez with that bundle of cash as we speak.