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Guardians trade Konnor Pilkington to Diamondbacks

MLB: Game Two-Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Guardians

Sep 17, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Konnor Pilkington (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Guardians traded left-hander Konnor Pilkington to the Arizona Diamondbacks for $100,000.

Pilkington appeared in 15 games for the AL Central champions last season, going 1-2 with a 3.88 ERA. The 25-year-old began this season with Triple-A Columbus before being recalled by the Guardians.

He made a relief appearance against Colorado on April 25, allowing one hit in two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

Pilkington became expendable due to Cleveland’s abundance of young pitching talent. Rookies Logan Allen and Tanner Bibee have been impressive since arriving and appear to be part of the rotation going forward.

Pilkington was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2018. He pitched at Mississippi State. In two seasons at Triple-A, he went 3-7 with a 6.37 ERA.