Guardians designate Franmil Reyes for assignment just days after optioning Opening Day cleanup hitter
The Cleveland Guardians announced a series of roster moves on their Twitter account on Saturday, most notably designating outfielder Franmil Reyes for assignment and releasing first baseman Bobby Bradley. The Guardians also swapped out right-handed pitchers, optioning Hunter Gaddis to Triple-A Columbus and purchasing the contract of Jake Jewell.
Reyes, 27, entered the season as Cleveland's cleanup hitter based on his track record of above-average offensive production. In 400-plus games prior to this season, he'd hit .260/.325/.503 (121 OPS+) with 92 home runs.
Reyes was never able to get going this season, however. He was optioned to the minors on Tuesday after batting .213/.254/.350 (72 OPS+) with just nine home runs in 70 games. Reyes' strikeout and walk rates both took steps in the wrong direction, and he became more …
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