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Tribe trades Mike Freeman to Reds for cash, renews Shane Bieber's contract

Team also made several roster reductions
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Posted at 4:27 PM, Mar 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-12 16:27:40-05

GOODYEAR, Ariz.  — The Cleveland Indians made several roster moves Friday, including trading an infielder and optioning multiple players to the minors.

The Tribe announced that they had traded infielder Mike Freeman to the Cincinnati Reds for cash considerations. Freeman signed a minor league deal with a spring training invitation in November of 2018 and has been a part of the team’s system since.

In the 24 games Freeman played in last season, he batted .237 with two doubles and three RBI.

The club also finalized one-year contracts with 31 of their 32 pre-arbitration-eligible players while renewing the contract of ace Shane Bieber.

Here is a full list of the pre-arbitration-eligible players who finalized one-year contracts:

  • Logan Allen
  • Gabriel Arias
  • Jake Bauers
  • Bobby Bradley
  • Yu-Cheng Chang
  • Aaron Civale
  • Emmanuel Clase
  • Ernie Clement
  • Andrés Giménez​​
  • Sam Hentges
  • Cam Hill
  • Daniel Johnson
  • Nolan Jones
  • James Karinchak
  • Jordan Luplow
  • Triston McKenzie
  • Jean Carlos Mejía
  • Oscar Mercado
  • Eli Morgan
  • Scott Moss
  • Josh Naylor
  • Kyle Nelson
  • Zach Plesac
  • Adam Plutko
  • Cal Quantrill
  • Harold Ramírez
  • Franmil Reyes
  • Trevor Stephan
  • Beau Taylor
  • Carlos Vargas
  • Bradley Zimmer

Reducing the roster, the Tribe also optioned Jones, Mejía, Morgan, Moss and Vargas to the Columbus Clippers—the team’s Triple-A affiliate.

Manager Terry Francona said that the team informed outfielder Billy Hamilton that he would not be making the roster and would be looking for trade options for him—and on Friday the team announced they had reassigned him and pitcher Kyle Dowdy to their Minor League Depth Camp.

RELATED: Indians tell OF Hamilton he won't make roster, seeking trade

The Tribe’s Spring Training roster currently sits at 48 players.

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