Jordan Luplow rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against Milwaukee on July 14. (Justin Berl, Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jordan Luplow is joining the Cleveland Indians after the Tribe acquired the 25-year-old outfielder along with infielder Max Moroff in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
In parts of two seasons with Pittsburgh, Luplow hit .194 with six home runs and 18 RBI while appearing in 64 games. He projects as a corner outfielder, though Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti believes Luplow can also play center if needed.
For the Indians, who sent utility infielder Erik Gonzalez and a pair of young minor-league pitchers to the Pirates, the move provides depth for an outfield that still has several questions entering 2019.
Michael Brantley is nearly certain to leave in free agency, and the team’s remaining outfield options on the 40-man roster include left-handed hitters Tyler Naquin, Leonys Martin and switch hitter Greg Allen.
Luplow will likely be relied upon to provide depth on the corners and contribute in platoon situations against left-handed pitching.
“Jordan fits our roster really well and does complement the group of guys we currently have,” Antonetti said.
Below is a look at what Luplow brings to the Indians, and what fans can expect in 2019.