the Indians must have some scouts that were in Moneyball because I don’t get this trade

The Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday acquired right-handed pitcher John Meloan from the Cleveland Indians for right-hander Winston Abreu.
Meloan used to be a big time prospect. Meloan projected as a future #2 or 3 starter for the Dodgers only 2 years ago. This is an odd journey for him considering that a once top prospect was traded for a minor league journeyman who didnt even play in the majors last year.
The Indians are clearly a team that is rebuilding so why are they trading a young player for a reliever who probably wont be with the team next year? I think they would have been better off giving Meloan a chance at the relief spot.


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