Guardians trade OF Zimmer to Blue Jays for RHP Castro

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FILE – Cleveland Indians’ Bradley Zimmer watches an RBI sacrifice steal in the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Sept. 30, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. The Guardians traded Zimmer to the Blues Toronto Jays for reliever Anthony Castro. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

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Bradley Zimmer has missed opportunities and time with the Guardians.

Cleveland traded the oft-injured outfielder to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday for reliever Anthony Castro.

The teams announced the deal shortly after Cleveland lost their season opener — and their first game as the Guardians — 3-1 at Kansas City.

Zimmer has been a tantalizing talent since joining the Guardians in 2017. However, the lanky 6ft 5in Zimmer hasn’t been able to stay healthy since showing so much promise at the start of his tenure. career.

The 29-year-old missed most of three seasons with an assortment of injuries and surgeries before returning in 2021 and playing 99 games – his most since 17. Zimmer hit .237 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last season.

He was one of several players who competed for one of the Guardians’ open corner outfield positions, but was beaten by rookie Steven Kwan. Cleveland decided to move Zimmer for pitching depth.

Zimmer had spent his entire career with Cleveland, which selected him with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Castro, 26, has been with Toronto and Detroit. He split last season between Triple-A Buffalo and Toronto, going 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA and one save in 25 games.

The Venezuelan, who still has a minor league option, began his career in the Tigers system in 2012. He opened the season on Buffalo’s Triple-A roster and will be added to Cleveland’s active roster on Saturday in Kansas City. .

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