The former Cleveland Baseball Club outfielder is returning to the Texas Rangers.
Any fan of the Cleveland Baseball Club that was worried about the team re-upping with Delino DeShields can now breathe a sigh of relief. DeShields has agreed to a minor-league deal with his former club, the Texas Rangers.
Delino DeShields came to Cleveland in the trade that sent Corey Kluber to Texas. DeShields came along with Emmanuel Clase who was suspended for a PED violation. Considering that Texas only had Kluber for all of 1 inning and the disappointing return in Cleveland, the trade was really a wash for both sides. The fact that Texas is bringing DeShields back maybe tips it towards them, but that may be a bit of a stretch considering his underwhelming performance.
It was only 37 games in Cleveland for Delino DeShields and disappointing is really the best way to describe it. While DeShields has never been a prolific hitter, it was an especially light season for the 28-year old outfielder. DeShields only managed 3 doubles and 2 triples with a slash line of .252/.310/.318 and an OPS of .628. The lack of production from DeShields only made the outfield production for Cleveland a much larger issue. Cleveland’s outfield has been struggling to produce for some time and having a non-factor in the lineup just brought everything down that much more.
The fact that the two sides (DeShields and Cleveland) are going their separate ways is best for all involved. Cleveland can focus on other outfield options while Delino DeShields returns to his former club where he experienced moderate success.