The Cleveland Indians traded C Eric Haase to the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations on Wednesday afternoon.
The Indians have traded catcher Eric Haase to the Tigers in exchange for cash.— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) January 8, 2020
C Eric Haase has been traded to the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations— Tribeinsider (@tribeinsider) January 8, 2020
Haase entered the Indians system after the Tribe drafted him in the 7th round of the 2011 draft. Never considered a major prospect, he earned more serious consideration as a potential-future-Major-Leaguer when slashed .260/.352/.578 between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017. Alas, those numbers came back to Earth; his strikeout rate climbed to 35%; and Haase failed to take advantage of cups of coffee in Cleveland during the previous two seasons.
He displayed a strong arm throughout his tenure in the Indians system. During his career, he’s thrown out 233 of 660 base stealers, peaking with a CS% of 46% during his two years in Triple-A.
There is one other way in which Eric Haase’s legacy will live on: he hit the third-most dingers of any player in the Indians’ minor league system last decade.
Most HR's by a #Indians MiLB player over the past decade.— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) January 1, 2020
1) Bobby Bradley 147
2) Jesus Aguilar 131
3) Eric Haase 130
4) Nellie Rodriguez 127
5) Ronny Rodriguez 78
6) Carlos Moncrief 76
7) Yu Chang 74
8) Gio Urshela 69
9) Jared Goedert 64
10) Anthony Gallas 60
10) Will Benson 60
The Indians made the trade after designating him for assignment. The only catchers on the 40-man roster at the moment are Roberto Pérez and Sandy León. On the Tigers, Haase joins a roster that currently includes Grayson Greiner, Jake Rogers, and Austin Romine. The Tigers DFA’d RHP Dario Agrazal to make room for Haase on the roster.
At press (post?) time, reports failed to indicate how much money the teams exchanged in the trade, and if any additional details emerge this post will update accordingly.