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Indians add Minor League utility man in trade

Former Baltimore draft pick Boss assigned to Class A Advanced Carolina

Indians add Minor League utility man in trade

CLEVELAND -- The Indians completed a Minor League trade on Monday afternoon, acquiring utility man Torston Boss from the Orioles in exchange for right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet. Boss has been assigned to Class A Advanced Carolina within Cleveland's farm system.

The trade was the second in as many days for the Indians, who have been working through decisions on the three players -- Colt Hynes, Frank Herrmann and Guilmet -- who were designated for assignment on March 30. The Indians removed the three pitchers from the 40-man roster in order to assemble the Opening Day roster

On Sunday, the Indians acquired right-hander Duke von Schamann from the Dodgers, and subsequently sent him to Double-A Akron, in exchange for Hynes. Cleveland still has a couple days to sort out the situation with Herrmann, who will not be able to decline an outright assignment to the Minors if he clears waivers.

The 23-year-old Boss -- an eighth-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Michigan State -- spent last season with Class A Delmarva. He hit .238 with 21 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 45 RBIs in 106 games.

Guilmet appeared in four games for the Indians last year. He allowed eight runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings while walking three and striking out one.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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