Cleveland Indians turn Jordan Luplow into pitching prospect
This is the type of deal that many expected for Eddie Rosario. While Jordan Luplow has more team control, is younger and cheaper, Rosario is the better player. Instead, the Cleveland brass managed to flip Luplow into a much better return by simply adding a relief pitcher to the mix. Was that not an option for Rosario?
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This season has been a roller coaster for Luplow. He started decently strong with seven home runs, but couldn’t get his average even close to the Mendoza line. Then, he went on the injured list and has been there since.
Being in Tampa Bay makes sense for Luplow. He provides depth with upside for an organization that has a similar approach to things as Cleveland. Moving him also creates another open roster spot and time in the outfield to explore younger options. As for D.J. Johnson, he’s a veteran reliever who tossed 1.2 innings for the Tribe this season. Sending him clears another 40-man spot.
As for what’s coming to Cleveland, Peyton Battenfield is very similar to Pilkington. He has a steady career ERA with a high strikeout per nine rate and low walks per nine. Like Pilkington, that’s a great foundation for the organization to work with. Since Cleveland is known as the pitching factory, these two additions could go a long way down the road.