CLEVELAND -- The Indians cleared a spot on their roster on Saturday, trading utility man Justin Sellers to the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.
The move with Sellers, who spent most of this past season with Triple-A Columbus, reduces Cleveland's 40-man roster to 38 players, as the club prepares for offseason maneuvering. The presence of the versatile Zach Walters, along with the possibility that Cleveland will exercise utility man Mike Aviles' $3.5 million club option for 2015, made Sellers expendable.
If retained, Aviles can provide the Indians with a veteran reserve option at shortstop, second and third base, as well as all three outfield positions. Walters, who was acquired at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline last summer, can play multiple infield and outfield positions, as well. Up the middle, Aviles and Walters are behind shortstop Jose Ramirez and second baseman Jason Kipnis on the depth chart.
The Indians acquired the 28-year-old Sellers from the Dodgers in March to add a versatile utility player to the depth chart. In his professional career, Sellers has played mostly shortstop, but he has experience at second base, third base and the corner outfield spots. With Cleveland in 2014, Sellers appeared in seven games at second, six at short and four at third.
Sellers, who hit .188 in 17 games with Cleveland last year, has hit just .198 in parts of four Major League seasons spent with the Dodgers and Indians. In 102 games with Columbus this past season, he posted a .254/.307/.335 slash line -- with three home runs, 18 doubles, 31 runs and 40 RBIs for the Clippers.
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