The Indians will send two prospects to the New York Mets in exchange for catcher Kevin Plawecki.

To acquire Plawecki, the Indians sent right-handed pitcher Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty to the Mets, the team announced Sunday.

“We’re excited to add Kevin to our major league catching mix,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. "The guy’s earned a reputation as a really good teammate, a good receiver and leads a pitching staff really well. We also believe there’s some upside with him offensively. We like his ingredients to hit and think he can be a contributing member of our major-league team.”

Haggerty spent the bulk of last season with the RubberDucks, hitting .243 with four home runs and 37 RBI in 280 at-bats over 87 games. Lockett never pitched for the Indians after being acquired from the San Diego Padres in a trade on Nov. 20.

The Indians were in need of some additional catching depth. Top prospect Francisco Meija was dealt last year in the trade that added All-Star Brad Hand and Adam Cimber to the bullpen, and Yan Gomes was traded to the Washington Nationals this winter. Plawecki joins Roberto Perez and Eric Haase as the Indians’ major-league catching options, with Perez still figuring to receive the majority of playing time behind the plate.

“Exactly how we split that playing time remains to be seen as we get into spring training,” Antonetti said. “But we felt this was an opportunity to acquire another major league catcher that could help absorb some of the burden in losing Yan.”

Plawecki, a former first-round pick (No. 35 overall) with the Mets, has logged 804 at-bats over the past four seasons, hitting .218 with a .638 OPS. Last year he hit .210 with a .315 on-base percentage to go with seven home runs, 13 doubles and 30 RBI in 277 plate appearances.



Salazar update

Some ambiguity remains surrounding Danny Salazar’s schedule as spring training nears and the beginning of the season looms.

Salazar has dealt with numerous arm injuries since the 2016 All-Star break, and last year struggled through a lost season, spending much of it in Arizona away from the club in his rehab.

As of now, there’s also some uncertainty in terms of what he’ll be able to do when pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear, Arizona, next month. For now, the Indians have to wait and see.

“We don’t know, I think, is probably the best way to say Danny’s current status,” Antonetti said. “He really hasn’t had a setback. He’s been throwing out in Arizona and building up his volume slowly. How quickly he’ll be able to ramp up remains to be seen.

"There’s some chance that could be on time and allow him to contribute right at the start of the season. But there’s also some chance that he’ll be behind other guys. We just won’t really know until he ramps up his intensity.”

 

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