CLEVELAND, OH-The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has acquired INF/OF BRENT LILLIBRIDGE from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for RHP JOSE DE LA TORRE.
The versatile Lillibridge, 28, has spent most of his Major League career to date with the Chicago White Sox (2009-12) before being traded to Boston on June 24 in exchange for INF Kevin Youkilis. The Seattle, Washington native owns a career Major League batting average of .212 (114-538) with 19 doubles, 16 home runs and 58 RBI in 295 career games. He has also stolen 30 bases. Last season was his best offensive Major League campaign to date, hitting .258 (48-186) with 5 2B, a career-high 13 home runs and 29 RBI in 97 games with the White Sox (.340OB/.505SLG/.845OPS).
Defensively for his career, Brent has appeared in double-digit games at every position around the diamond with the exception of pitcher and catcher. This season between Boston and Chicago-AL he has appeared in 28 games in the outfield (16 LF, 8CF, 4RF), 22 games at first base and 6 games at third base. He was designated for assignment by Boston on July 16.
To allow room on the 40-man roster for Lillibridge the Indians transferred INF LONNIE CHISENHALL from the 15-day to the 60-day Disabled List.
De La Torre, 26, has made 34 appearances between AAA Columbus and AA Akron after signing a minor league free agent contract in January.