DeShields was non-tendered by the Indians on Wednesday. The 28-year-old was acquired from the Rangers last offseason but continued to struggle offensively in 2020 with a .628 OPS in 37 games. DeShields still provides strong defense in center field but may need to settle for a minor-league deal.
DeShields is not in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates. DeShields startd the last three games but will receive the day off for the regular-season finale. Oscar Mercado will start in center field Sunday, batting ninth.
DeShields is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Joe Noga of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. DeShields retreats to the bench after starting in four of the Tribe's past five games. Oscar Mercado will fill in for DeShields in center field and will bat ninth.
DeShields isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Tigers. DeShields went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run Friday, and he'll take a breather Saturday. Oscar Mercado will start in center field in his place.
DeShields is not in the lineup Thursday at Detroit. DeShields started seven of the last eight games and will head to the bench after going 6-for-24 with eight strikeouts in that span. Oscar Mercado receives the start in center field Thursday for Cleveland.