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.