The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations. The roster move was part of a series of weekend transactions, which also included reinstating right-hander Charlie Morton from the 60-Day Disabled List and designating right-hander John Axford and two-game Tribe rehabber Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.
Sellers, 28, spent the majority of his 10th professional season with division rival Columbus, hitting .254 (90-for-355) with 18 doubles, one triple, three homers, 31 runs and 40 RBI in 102 Triple-A games. The utility fielder recorded a solid .950 fielding percentage while appearing in 67 contests at shortstop, 18 at second base, 17 in left field and two at third base with the Clippers.
In addition, Sellers also went 3-for-16 (.188) with a run scored over 17 big league games with the Cleveland Indians in 2014.
Originally selected by Oakland in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 2005 MLB Draft, Sellers capped his four-year stint in the organization having received praise from Baseball America as a three-time Top 20 Organizational Prospect, the “Best Defensive Infielder” in the A’s’ system (2007) and the “Best Defensive SS” in the Midwest League (2007). He was then acquired by the Chicago Cubs in a package deal with outfielder Richie Robnett in exchange for right-hander Michael Wuertz on Feb. 2, 2009, before joining the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as a cash considerations transaction just prior to the beginning of the 2009 campaign.
Sellers enters the upcoming season at 50-for-252 (.198) with 13 doubles, a triple, three homers, 33 runs scored and 17 RBI over 99 Major League games with the Dodgers (2011-13) and Cleveland Indians (2014). He has also hit .267 (866-for-3246) with 54 homers and 401 RBI in 932 career games in the minors.
An additional transaction included designating right-handed reliever Jeanmar Gomez for assignment. Gomez, 26, impressed during a pair Triple-A rehab starts (strained right forearm) with the Tribe in 2013, allowing just one run on three hits in three innings on June 13 at Durham, before no-hitting Norfolk through five scoreless frames on June 19 at Harbor Park.