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Guardians trade INF Yu Chang to Pirates for cash

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

Apr 10, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Yu Chang (2) tosses the ball to first base in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Guardians traded infielder Yu Chang to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday for cash.

Chang had been designated for assignment last week.

Once a promising prospect for Cleveland, the 26-year-old Chang played in just four games for the Guardians this season and struck out seven times in 10 at-bats. He also missed time after being placed on the COVID-19 list.

Chang batted .228 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 89 games for Cleveland in 2021. His strong finish - seven homers and 25 RBIs - in the final three months put him in position to win a utility job this season.

However, Owen Miller’s strong spring training pushed Chang aside and now he’ll get a fresh start with the Pirates.

Chang batted .208 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 131 games over four seasons with Cleveland.