Guardians designate Franmil Reyes for assignment just days after optioning Opening Day cleanup hitter

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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