The Indians and Angels announced a small trade on Friday, with outfielder J.B. Shuck heading to Cleveland in exchange for cash considerations. Shuck will immediately join the Indians' 40-man roster, and join the major league club after being designated for assignment by the Angels earlier in the week.
Shuck, 27, will provide outfield depth for the Indians in the season's final month, joining Tyler Holt, Chris Dickerson and Ryan Raburn as backups behind Michael Brantley, Michael Bourn, and David Murphy. He has played all three outfield positions throughout his career and is under team control through the 2018 season, making him a potential bench player for the foreseeable future in Cleveland.
Shuck has hit only .167/.195/.250 in 22 major league games with the Angels this season, but was a solid major league contributor in 2013, hitting .293/.331/.366 with two home runs and 39 RBI in 129 games for the Halos. He has spent the majority of this season with Triple-A Salt Lake City, hitting .320/.382/.446 with five homers and 57 RBI in 102 games.
Today's move is a homecoming for Shuck, who is a Westerville, Ohio native and went to Ohio State University. He is a lifetime .272/.316/.344 hitter in 188 games over parts of three major league seasons with the Astros (2011) and Angels (2013-2014).