CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League roster:
- Acquired OF ABRAHAM ALMONTE from the San Diego Padres in exchange for LHP MARC RZEPCZYNSKI…Optioned Almonte to AAA Columbus.
Almonte, 26, has split the season between San Diego and AAA El Paso, hitting .275 (67-244) with 18 doubles, 2 3B, 4 HR, 35 RBI and 11 steals in 61 games at Triple-A. He has spent two stints at the Major League level with San Diego, the most recent beginning on July 21. On the year with the Padres he has batted .204 (.11-54) with 3 2B, 4RBI and 1 steal in 31 games. The 5-9, switch-hitting centerfielder began his professional career after signing with the Yankees in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic and was traded to the Mariners in February 2013, spending one and a half seasons in the Mariners organization prior to being acquired by San Diego last July 31 for Chris Denorfia.
Rzepczynski posted a mark of 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games with Cleveland thus far in 2015 (20.1IP, 23H, 15R/10ER, 10BB, 24K).