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Indians acquire Choice from Rangers for cash

Outfielder, who has had stints in Majors last 3 seasons, optioned to Triple-A Columbus

NEW YORK -- The Indians added a layer of depth to their outfield on Friday, acquiring Michael Choice from the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations.

The 25-year-old Choice -- a first-round pick by the A's in the 2010 Draft -- has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus by Cleveland. The outfielder has spent the bulk of this season at Triple-A, but he has had stints in the Majors in each of the past three years.

In 110 games with Triple-A Round Rock this year, Choice hit .244 with 12 home runs, 25 doubles, 53 runs, 60 RBIs and a .708 OPS, striking out 115 times and walking 32 times. He appeared in just one game for Texas this year, but he suited up for the Rangers in 86 games last season, hitting .182 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in that tour.

Choice, who has mostly served as a corner outfielder, has hit .188 with a .573 OPS in 96 Major League games with the A's and Rangers.

Cleveland's 40-man roster now consists of 39 players.

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