Brandon GuyerThe Rays have traded Brandon Guyer to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder Nathan Lukes and right-handed pitcher Jhonleider Salinas, the team has announced.

Lukes is a seventh-round pick from the 2015 MLB Draft and was hitting .299 with a .369 OBP in 94 games this season split between single-A and high-A.

Salinas was signed as an international free agent from Venezuela. He has 77 strikeouts in 70.2 innings over two seasons as a pro but is yet to appear in any rookie-level or single-A level minor league team.

Guyer was making $1.2 million this season in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He has two more seasons before he will be eligible for free agency for the first time.

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  1. doug says:

    ????????

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  2. Mr smith 1980 says:

    I know nothing of either prospect, but feel it's a shame to lose Guyer while still cheap, under control, and coming into his own as a hitter.

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    • Ken H says:

      As Matt Silverman so eloquently said during the Kalas interview "we had to make room for Desmond coming off the DL today". What an asswipe.

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  3. Dave L says:

    The other two trades were obvious to be needed to get done.

    Guyer?

    Well if Lukes pans out one day its genius and its great.

    Im assuming Salinas is a teenager?

    But never understood why Guyer was always platooned when his lefty versus righty numbers were both good. For my money he was always a slight plus defender , which is good and the Rays were aways trying to force other lesser defenders and hitters down our throats.

    His value would have been better if they played him more the past 2 years.

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    • Ken H says:

      If he was black he'd still be with the club.

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    • OriginalTom says:

      Guyer is hitting under the Mendoza line against righties.

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      • Gus says:

        Guyer had the second best OBP on the team. He's better than any of the other corner OF we have. A complete joke of a trade, just a plain salary dump and then they have Topkin actually writing that a guy with an OPB of under .200 this season is a "better option" than Guyer. Good lord, sometimes being a fan of this team is exhausting. I hate Stu Sternberg's penny pinching ways. This team is awful to watch, with no approach at the plate. Just 7 stupid guys going up swinging hard and hoping they hit it (Longoria and KK excepted because of their total game approach).

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