Cleveland Guardians C Austin Hedges inks $5 million deal with Pittsburgh Pirates, reports say
Published: Dec. 17, 2022 at 8:53 PM EST
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Guardians C Austin Hedges will not be returning to Cleveland after reportedly signing a $5 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman.
Hedges, the 30-year-old who was traded to Cleveland from the San Diego Padres in 2020, held a .163 batting average last year for the AL Central champion Guardians.
Hedges also accumulated 48 hits, 30 RBI’s and 7 home runs with the team.
The move comes days after the Guardians signed Tampa Bay Rays free agent Mike Zunino, another catcher, to a 1-year, $6 million deal.
Hedges is an 8-year veteran, accumulating a .189 batting average.
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