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.
DeShields is not starting Wednesday against Houston.
DeShields has slashed just .185/241/.259 over his last 17 games. Scott Heineman takes over in center field Wednesday.
DeShields is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
DeShields has hit just .180/.241/.260 over his last 15 games. Scott Heineman starts in center field in his absence.
DeShields went 0-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored, a stolen base and a walk in Saturday's 8-6 loss to the Athletics.
DeShields drew his walk in the second inning, then stole second and advanced to third on an error before scoring on a Jose Trevino single. In the fourth, DeShields knocked in Danny Santana with a groundout. The speedy outfielder is up to 22 stolen bases this year while adding a .244/.327/.343 slash line, four homers, 32 RBI and 40 runs scored across 324 at-bats.
DeShields will be on the bench Wednesday against the Rays.
Even with a pair of two-hit games over the weekend, DeShields is hitting just .174/.208/.239 over his last 14 contests. Danny Santana starts in center field Wednesday.
DeShields is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles.
DeShields is 3-for-26 over his last eight games and will take a seat for the second time in the last three contests. Scott Heineman will start in center field Friday for Texas.
DeShields will be on the bench Wednesday against the Yankees.
DeShields has hit just .202/.295/.310 since the start of August, though he has at least helped out fantasy owners with eight steals over that stretch. Scott Heineman gets the call in center field in his absence.
DeShields is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.
DeShields has started six of the past seven games, going just 4-for-21 (.190) with eight strikeouts and a stolen base during that stretch. Scott Heineman is starting in center field and hitting seventh in place of DeShields in this one.
DeShields is out of the starting lineup Saturday against the White Sox, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Scott Heineman will start in center field and hit eighth against right-hander Ivan Nova. DeShields is 5-for-19 with three stolen bases in his last five starts. The speedy outfielder is slashing .244/.345/.301 in 213 plate appearances against righties.
DeShields went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Angels.
The speedster has now reached 20 steals for the third straight season and the fourth time in his career. DeShields is having trouble getting into the lineup on an everyday basis, but he nonetheless appears to be gearing up for a big finish to the season, hitting .310 (9-for-29) over his last eight games with four runs, four RBI and a 5-for-5 performance on the basepaths.
DeShields isn't in the starting lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
DeShields took the collar in Game 1 (0-for-4), so he'll get the rest of the night off. Scott Heineman draws the start in center field and will bat eighth.
DeShields went 2-for-5 with a walk and two stolen bases Monday in the Rangers' 8-7 win over the Angels in 11 innings.
DeShields is a perfect 6-for-6 on stolen-base attempts in August, with that total leading all American League hitters and trailing only Starling Marte (eight) for the MLB lead on the month. The speedster will start in center field and bat leadoff in the first game of Tuesday's twin bill and could crack the lineup again in the nightcap with Danny Santana (hamstring) uncertain to be available. He'll make for a strong streaming option for rotisserie managers looking to make up ground in steals.
Deshields is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Twins, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Danny Santana will move to center field as Logan Forsythe gets the start at first base and will hit seventh against right-hander Jose Berrios. DeShields has started eight of the last 10 contests and is just 4-for-24 with 11 strikeouts over that stretch. The 27-year-old center fielder is slashing .242/.342/.303 without a home run in 200 plate appearances against righties.
DeShields went 1-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 7-3 win over Toronto.
DeShields swiped his 16th bag of the season. The center fielder maintains a respectable .347 on-base percentage, which will aid him in his chase for a third straight season with 20-plus steals.
DeShields is not starting Monday against the Blue Jays.
DeShields will head to the bench for Monday's series opener in Toronto after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Sunday's series finale against the Brewers. Danny Santana is covering center field in his absence, while Logan Forsythe is starting at first base.
DeShields is not in Saturday's lineup against the Brewers.
DeShields stole three bases Friday night but will take a seat Saturday. Danny Santana will shift to center field and Logan Forsythe will man first base in his absence.
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