Rays acquire Luplow, Johnson for Battenfield


Cleveland Indians’ Jordan Luplow plays during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians capped a whirlwind few hours before the trading deadline by sending outfielder Jordan Luplow and right-hander DJ Johnson to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league pitcher Peyton Battenfield.

It was Cleveland’s third trade of the day and fourth in 24 hours after they sent second baseman Cesar Hernandez to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

The Indians view Battenfield as a potential long-term starter. The 23-year-old split this season between High-A and Double-A, going 5-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 14 games. He’ll report to Double-A Akron.

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