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Cleveland Guardians part ways with outfielder Oscar Mercado

The Cleveland Guardians announced on Tuesday that they have parted ways with Colombian outfielder Oscar Mercado.

Mercado has been designated for assignment, removing him from the 40-man lineup. The team now has seven days to trade or place him on outright waivers.

The 27-year-old Mercado has been a member of the Guardians for nearly four years. He was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals at the 2018 MLB trade deadline in exchange for lower-level outfielders Conner Capel and Jhon Torres.

In his time with the Guardians, Mercado had a batting hit average of .235 with 26 home runs and 95 runs batted in. This season alone, the Colombian outfielder posted a slash line of .202/.227/.377 through 49 appearances.

Besides Mercado, the Guardians have also sent right-handed pitcher Nick Sandlin to Triple-A Columbus. Both Mercado and Sandlin will be replaced by starting pitcher Aaron Civale and outfielder Franmil Reyes from the lineup.

John Carlo A. Villaruel is an international sports journalist. His work has been published in Fox, Cebu Daily News, VAVEL, and several other publications across North America, Europe, and Asia. John is a huge fan of MLB and basketball and has been writing sports content for the past five years.

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