Pirates Send Moroff And Luplow To Cleveland As Part Of 5 Player Deal

Pirates Get Infielder Erik González and two minor league pitchers

Andrew Limberg
November 14, 2018 - 5:02 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington announced Wednesday that outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff are headed to Cleveland in exchange for infielder Erik Gonzalez and  minor league right-handed pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza.

Gonzalez hit .265 for the Indians in 81 games in 2018. The 27-year-old played 30 games at second base, 20 at third and 16 at shortstop.

In a statement Huntington said “Erik Gonzalez is an athletic middle infielder who plays solid defense and has the potential to be a productive hitter at the major league level,” said Huntington. “He gives us another quality option to play shortstop or in the middle of our infield this year and into the future.”

Thomas had a 4.58 ERA, 27 strikeouts and a .188 batting average against. Mendoza went 2-2 with a 4.58 ERA and 37 strikes outs in 10 appearances

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Both spend their entire season with the Arizona League Indians team.

In 26 games with the Bucs in 2018 Moroff batted .186 and had three homeruns. Luplow hit .185 in 37 games with three homeruns.

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