Roster Moves: Mejía, H. Ramirez traded

November 22nd, 2021

Cleveland began its offseason on Oct. 4, and there are still a few players recovering from season-ending injuries. Keep track of their progress, plus team transactions, here throughout the offseason.

ROSTER MOVES

Nov. 22: RHP traded to Brewers for a player to be named later or cash considerations
Mejía was one of the seven players Cleveland designated for assignment on Friday to clear space on the 40-man roster for its younger prospects.

Nov. 22: OF traded to Cubs for cash considerations
Like J.C. Mejía, Ramirez was one of the players released on Friday evening. He played in 99 games for Cleveland in 2021.

Nov. 22: Guardians sign to a Minor League deal
Cleveland's catching depth is hurting after the team declined Roberto Pérez's $7 million option for next season. In order to give them some options, the Guardians inked León to a Minor League deal with an invite to big league Spring Training. Léon spent this past season in Miami after being with Cleveland in 2020.

INJURY UPDATES

RHP (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: 2022
In the middle of an at-bat against Matt Olson in the eighth inning on Aug. 11, Sandlin had to be removed after his arm was bothering him following a 94.9 mph heater. An MRI the next day revealed a right shoulder strain that landed him on the IL. Sandlin is currently at the team’s Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Ariz., working through his rehab. (Last updated: Sept. 18)

OF (right ankle)
Expected return: 2022
Naylor collided with second baseman Ernie Clement while trying to catch a fly ball to shallow right field on June 27 at Target Field, leaving him with a fractured and dislocated right ankle. He underwent successful surgery at Lutheran Hospital on July 2, and he’s increased his weight-bearing activities while continuing to meet each checkpoint along the way. The Indians are hesitant to put a timetable on his return and are hoping he’ll be in the clear for Spring Training, but the team doesn’t want to put any timetables out just yet. (Last updated: Aug. 29)