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Indians Trade Yan Gomes To Nationals

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    Indians trade catcher Yan Gomes to Nationals

    CLEVELAND -- The Indians traded one of their big arms -- from behind the plate.

    Cleveland dealt All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

    In return, the three-time defending AL Central champions got right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, minor-league outfielder Daniel Johnson, and a player to be named. Team president Chris Antonetti called Johnson and Rodriguez "upper-level prospects" who should be able to help the Indians in the next few seasons.

    Rodriguez, 25, appeared in 14 games for the Nats last season, going 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 52 innings. Johnson, 23, spent most of 2018 with Double-A Harrisburg.

    Gomes has been a steady player -- on and off the field -- for Cleveland since coming over from Toronto in 2012. The 31-year-old had one of his best offensive seasons in 2018, batting .266 with a career-high 26 doubles, 16 homers and 48 RBIs in 112 games. He was also excellent behind the plate and got selected an AL All-Star for the first time.

    Gomes will make $7 million next season and his contract includes club options for 2020 at $9 million with a $1 million buyout and for 2021 at $11 million.