DeShields projected to make the roster as a bench outfielder when spring training was suspended, MLB.com's Mandy Bell reports. Tyler Naquin (knee) could be healthy by the time play resumes, so DeShields may be the fifth outfielder instead of the fourth outfielder he projected to be if the season had started on time. Either way, he should be on the 26-man roster bubble all season. DeShields hit .227/.280/.273 with four strikeouts in 25 spring plate appearances.
DeShields agreed to a one-year, $1.875 million deal with the Indians, avoiding arbitration, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. This is his second of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. He gets a modest raise over the $1.4 million figure he received last offseason.
The Indians acquired DeShields from the Rangers on Sunday as part of the deal that sent Corey Kluber (oblique) to Texas, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Rosenthal confirmed that reliever Emmanuel Clase was also sent to Cleveland, with additional pieces potentially also coming the Tribe's way. With 20-plus steals in all but one of his five seasons in the big leagues, DeShields has been able to keep himself on the fantasy radar at times, but his poor production at the dish prevented him from consistently holding down a full-time role during his time in Texas. The change of scenery might help DeShields, but he could be relegated to a depth role by the time Opening Day arrives if Cleveland has fortified its outfield with other options via free agency or trade. Oscar Mercado is likely the only Indians outfielder on the roster currently locked into an everyday job heading into the spring.
DeShields is not in Saturday's lineup against the Yankees. He is hitting .257 with zero home runs and three steals in his last 10 games. Danny Santana will start in center field while hitting cleanup.
DeShields is not in Thursday's lineup against the Red Sox. He is hitting .246 with one home run and three steals in 65 at-bats this month. Danny Santana is starting in center field and hitting cleanup.