Indians claim McDade
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have claimed first baseman Mike McDade off outright waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.
McDade, 23, spent the 2012 season between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas where he hit a combined .285 with 19 doubles, 1 triple, 17 home runs, 67 RBI, and .806 OPS in 118 games. He finished the final month of the season at Las Vegas and hit .338 with 2 HR, 18 RBI and .885 OPS in 18 games.
McDade is a switch-hitter and was Toronto’s 6th round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Silverado High School. He was named Class-A Dunedin’s Team MVP in 2010 and in 2011 at AA New Hampshire he finished 3rd in the Eastern League with 37 doubles and was a midseason EL All-Star.
The Indians made room on the 40-man roster by designating left-handed pitcher Chris Seddon for assignment. This is not the first time Seddon has been outrighted, so he can elect free agency.
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I'm hoping the Indians just field an entire team in Columbus of first baseman...why stop now....
At only 23, I like him more than guys like Weglarz or Lars Anderson. His growth in plate discipline while still maintaining fairly decent power is promising (at least as a free pickup).
So I take it you wouldn't want to see Prince Fielder in a Tribe uniform?
Chris Seddon was going to save this franchise and now he's gone. Brilliant (not)