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Indians Acquire Tigers CF Leonys Martin for Akron SS Willi Castro

The Indians have gone within their division to find an outfielder as the MLB Trade Deadline closes in, as Tuesday the team acquired outfielder Leonys Martin as well as right-handed minor league pitcher Kyle Dowdy. from the Detroit Tigers.

In return the Indians give up minor league Akron shortstop Willi Castro.

The news was broke by Robert Murray of The Athletic.

Martin is hitting .251/.321/.409 with nine homers and seven stolen bases on the season. He will get playing time in center along with Rajai Davis and Greg Allen, who was called up on Monday for pitcher Adam Plutko who was sent to AAA Columbus.

The 21-year-old Castro was hitting .245 for Akron this season.

The new Tribe outfielder played five seasons with the Texas Rangers, where in his time there his .255 with 20 homers, 120 RBI and 84 steals.

He played in 2016 with the Mariners and started 2017 there before being traded to the Cubs for a player to be named later.

He signed with Detroit this offseason December 5th, and played 78 games with 303 at bats for Detroit.

Dowdy has been a member of the Tigers organization since is 12th-round selection out of the University of Houston in 2015. The 6-1 right-hander has posted an 8-8 record with a 4.74 ERA (50ER/95.0IP) in 24 appearances (14 starts) between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo in 2018, fanning 92 batters in 95.0 innings this season.

The 25-year-old was named a Midwest League (A) Mid-Season All-Star in 2016 and a Florida State League (High-A) Mid-Season All-Star in 2017. In 72 career appearances (52 starts) at the Minor League level, he owns a 3.77 ERA (141ER/336.2IP) with 299 strikeouts and 84 walks.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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