CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have acquired catcher Kevin Plawecki in a trade with the New York Mets.
The three-time defending AL champions sent right-hander Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty to New York in exchange for Plawecki, who played in 78 games – 64 starts – for the Mets last season. Plawecki batted .201 with seven homers and a career-high 30 RBIs.
The Indians were in the market for a catcher after trading All-Star Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals in December. Plawecki will likely platoon with Roberto Perez.
Plawecki spent six weeks last season on the disabled list with a broken left hand. He threw out 23 percent (16 for 70) of potential base stealers and had two four-RBI games.
The 27-year-old played at Purdue and was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2012 before the Mets drafted him with the No. 35 overall pick.
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