Tigers Deal Leonys Martín to Cleveland in Teams’ First Intra-Division Trade in Eight Years

The Cleveland Indians solved—for relative values of “solved”—their center field issue today when they and the Tigers worked out a swap for Leonys Martín.

Martín will likely platoon in CF with Rajai Davis for Cleveland. The Tigers also included pitching prospect Kyle Dowdy, a 25-year-old right-hander who has spent time with both Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo. Dowdy carries a 4.74 ERA across both levels of minor league ball, to go with a 8-8 record.

More after the cut!

Leonys Martín is on the move. (Photo by Alexandra Simon)

Now, who did the Tigers receive for Martín and Dowdy? Another infield prospect, switch-hitting shortstop Willi Castro. Castro, the 8th ranked player in Cleveland’s top 30 prospects, comes over from Akron, where he sports a .245/.303/.350/.653 line. Castro was on Cleveland’s 40-man roster, so he’ll take Martín’s spot. Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen expounds a little bit on Castro:

There’s now less than 2 hours to go until the 4pm deadline hits. Let’s go!

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