Shuck to Indians for cash; Kohn expected to clear waivers

Shuck to Indians for cash; Kohn expected to clear waivers

MINNEAPOLIS -- J.B. Shuck and Michael Kohn: Bright spots in 2013, absent from the Major League roster in 2014 and gone by 2015 -- Shuck definitely, Kohn likely.

Both were designated for assignment on Tuesday, and on Friday, Shuck, the scrappy outfielder who led American League rookies in plate appearances last season, was dealt to the Indians for cash considerations. Kohn, the hard-throwing reliever who recovered nicely from Tommy John surgery in 2013, is expected to clear waivers and could opt for free agency in the offseason.

Shuck, 27, is a native of Galion, Ohio, approximately 100 miles southwest of Cleveland, and a product of Ohio State University. He was signed by the Angels to a Minor League contract two offseasons ago and wound up batting .293 with 20 doubles, 39 RBIs and eight steals.

But he lost his job as the backup outfielder to Collin Cowgill in Spring Training and wound up batting .167 while appearing in only 22 Major League games.

General manager Jerry Dipoto said that the Angels were "kind of at the end of the line" with Shuck, who batted .320 in Triple-A and "just didn't feel like he fit on our roster moving forward."

"The idea in September," Dipoto added, "was that we can bring up J.B. Shuck, but we have Tony Campana, who can run; we have Brennan Boesch, who has power; and we have Efren Navarro, who's a more complete hitter -- all of whom are a little more versatile. J.B.'s a good guy, had a really good 2013 for us. He made contributions here. It was a good thing for us, I think, and a good thing for J.B. Shuck that we were able to deliver him to Cleveland."

Kohn, 28, posted a 3.74 ERA and averaged 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings while making 63 appearances out of the bullpen last season, but his walk rate got out of control in 2014. He walked 7.6 batters per nine innings in 25 Major League appearances, posting a 3.04 ERA, and had a walk rate of 7.1 and a 4.76 ERA in 33 Triple-A appearances.

Kohn can opt for Minor League free agency because he isn't on the 40-man roster and has compiled more than six years in professional baseball.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.