Indians trading Alonso to White Sox

Cleveland is trading Yonder Alonso to Chicago

James Rapien
December 14, 2018 - 9:47 pm
Jun 11, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso (17)is greeted by his teammates after scoring against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians are trading Yonder Alonso to the Chicago White Sox according to Stadium. It was later confirmed by multiple outlets, including Ken Rosenthal. 

The Indians will receive outfielder Alex Call in return for Alonso according to Tom Withers of the Associated Press. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Zack Meisel of The Athletic are both reporting that the Indians will make an official announcement on Saturday.  

Call played for both the High A Winston Salem Dash and the Double-A Birmingham Barons last season. He hit 12 home runs, had 58 RBI and finished with a .248 batting average. Call was a third round pick out of Ball State in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. He wasn't a top-30 prospect in the White Sox organization going into the 2018 season according to MLB Pipeline. Here are a few videos of him from last season, includign a walkoff squeeze play:

Trading Alonso seemed likely after the Indians acquired first baseman Jake Bauers in the three-team trade they competed on Thursday. He posted a .250 batting average, 23 home runs and 83 RBI last season. He is set to make $8 million in 2019, with a $9 million team option in 2020. 

This was clearly a salary dump that clears the way for Bauers to be their everyday first baseman. 

The Indians should have have enough salary flexibility to sign multiple free agents. It's no secret that they need help in the outfield and the bullpen. This moves also gives them plenty of space to hold onto Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer. They may still trade one, but it doesn't have to be for financial reasons. 

You may be wondering why the Indians traded with the White Sox? That's a fair question, considering these two teams haven't traded with one another since 1994.

Yesterday, Rosenthal speculated that a team hoping to land Manny Machado might consider trading for Alonso.

UPDATE: 

The Indians made it official on Saturday morning. They sent out an official release and tweeted the announcement.