Indians keep Guyer, trade Refsnyder to Rays

The Cleveland Indians added three players to their 40-man roster and traded away another player before heading north from spring training Tuesday.

Cleveland dealt infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations. Refsnyder lost out to veteran outfielder Brandon Guyer for the last spot on the Indians' big league roster.

Refsnyder, 27, is out of options and likely will stay with the Rays' major league squad. He has played 126 games with the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .233 with two home runs and 17 RBIs.

Guyer, 32, will enter his third season with the Indians. The Virginia alum hit .236 with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 70 games last season. He is a lifetime .258 hitter in 414 games with the Rays and Indians.

Meanwhile, the Indians signed veteran utility player Adam Rosales to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus. Rosales, 34, hit .225 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 105 games with the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks last season.

Cleveland also claimed left-hander Jack Leathersich from the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned him to Triple-A Columbus. Leathersich, 27, has appeared in 40 big-league games with the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh.

The Indians' final move was reacquiring right-hander Jordan Milbrath, whom the Pirates picked in the Rule 5 draft in December. The 26-year-old also was assigned to Columbus after the Pirates offered him back to the Indians for $50,000.

--Field Level Media