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The Indians traded one of their big arms — from behind the plate.

Cleveland, which has discussed moving right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco in possible trades while restructuring its payroll, dealt All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

In return, the three-time defending AL Central champions got right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, minor league outfielder Daniel Johnson and a player to be named. Team president Chris Antonetti called Johnson and Rodriguez “upper-level prospects” who should be able to help the Indians in the next few seasons.

Rodriguez, 25, appeared in 14 games for the Nats last season, going 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 52 innings. Johnson, 23, spent most of 2018 with Double-A Harrisburg.

The Gomes deal is unlikely to be the last move this offseason by the Indians, who followed up another strong regular-season stretch run with a disappointing performance against Houston in the AL Division Series. Cleveland got swept, and with its window for contention possibly closing, the team is looking to fill some holes in the outfield and bullpen.

Cleveland may have to move Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, or Bauer to find help. Antonetti would not comment on any potential deals involving the right-handers.

“We’re focused on trying to build a team that’s capable of winning another American League Central Division title in 2019 but is also positioned for success beyond that,” he said. “We’re in a fortunate position that we have a lot of players on our team that other teams value. And that leads to a lot of conversations this time of year. I wouldn’t want to get into any speculation around that.

“We do view our starting pitching to be a strength of our team and our organization, and that’s something we place a great deal of value on.”

Antonetti declined to discuss possible negotiations on a new contract with Carrasco. The Indians exercised their $9.75 million option on Carrasco in October, and the club also had a 2020 option on the 31-year-old.

Cleveland also reached agreement with right-handers Danny Salazar, Nick Goody and Neil Ramirez as well as infielder Eric Stamets on contracts for next season. The team was facing a deadline to offer contracts to unsigned players on the 40-man roster.

Salazar, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in July, will make $4.5 million. The Indians believe he can fill one of their relief openings.

Ramirez will make $1 million. After spending the first six weeks at Triple-A Columbus, Ramirez joined the Indians in June and helped stabilize the bullpen.

Goody will make $675,000. He was limited to 12 games this year before elbow surgery.

The Nationals went into the offseason in need of a new catcher — and now have two new ones. They also signed 35-year-old free agent Kurt Suzuki to a $10 million, two-year contract last week.

Washington needed an upgrade after Matt Wieters batted below .240 in each of the past two seasons as the primary catcher.

Gomes has been a steady player — on and off the field — for Cleveland since coming over from Toronto in 2012. The 31-year-old had one of his best offensive seasons in 2018, batting .266 with a career-high 26 doubles, 16 homers and 48 RBIs in 112 games. He was also excellent behind the plate and was selected as an AL All-Star for the first time.

Gomes will make $7 million next season, and his contract includes club options for 2020 at $9 million, with a $1 million buyout, and for 2021 at $11 million.

“The Nationals have expressed consistent interest in Yan throughout the offseason,” Antonetti said. “They’re one of a handful of teams that expressed interest in him. The catching position was an interesting one. There were a number of teams that were seeking to upgrade their alternatives at catcher, and there were also a number of alternatives on the market in both free agency and trades. That was the dynamic we were navigating at the start of the offseason. It got to a point on a deal that we thought made sense for us.”

Gomes’ departure leaves the Indians with Roberto Perez and rookie Eric Haase as their primary catchers, and Antonetti said it’s possible the club will look to add depth at catcher this winter.

The Nationals also agreed to a $850,000, one-year deal with left-hander Sammy Solis, who struggled in 2018. He had a 6.41 ERA in 56 games.

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The Cleveland Indians have decided to skip ace Corey Kluber’s weekend turn in the rotation as they begin setting up their pitching rotation for the playoffs.

Kluber lasted just 1⅔ innings — matching his career low — and gave up four runs and five hits in a 6-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The right-hander and Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell are tied for the most wins in the majors with 18.

Manager Terry Francona said Kluber is fine physically and that his decision is based on wanting to rest his key starters down the stretch and better set up his rotation for the playoffs. Francona is leaning toward using a four-man playoff rotation.

“Barring anything crazy, he can go into a playoff game with one extra day’s rest, which is what he wants,” Francona said.

Josh Tomlin will start Friday night against the Detroit Tigers.

Francona said his plan is for Kluber to miss one turn, pushing his next start back a couple of days.

Kluber is 18-7 with a 2.91 ERA in 30 starts this season after going 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA last year. He has a career record of 94-55 with a 3.09 ERA.

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Indians right-hander Corey Kluber allowed one run in two innings Tuesday in his spring-training debut Tuesday Oakland at Goodyears Ballpark.

Manager Terry Francona has watched Corey Kluber win two Cy Young awards in the last four years. On Tuesday, before Kluber made his first spring training start of the year, Francona was asked what he expects from Kluber during camp.

“That when he gets to opening day, he feels really good about himself,” Francona told reporters in Goodyear, Ariz.

Kluber, if you haven’t guessed by now, is scheduled to be the opening day starter for the third straight year when the Indians start the regular season on March 29 against Seattle at Safeco Field.

“I could care less what his ERA is,” said Francona. “He’ll work on things during spring training. A lot of times you see that the veteran pitchers are the ones who give up runs in spring training. They know they have a spot on the team. He may want to work on fastball command one day so he won’t throw a breaking ball.

“The biggest thing is that when we get to opening day, he feels really, really good about himself.”

Kluber allowed one run on one hit in two innings in Tuesday’s 16-8 win over Oakland at Goodyear Ballpark. He struck out three and walked one.

“I try to use the first time or two to get used to facing another team and having the defense behind you,” Kluber told reporters after his start. “I wasn’t working on anything specific. Moreso, I was just trying to get used to having another team out there, facing hitters, reacting to swings and things like that.”

No. 1: Thumbs up for Josh Tomlin

Francona liked the way Tomlin looked in his first start of the spring on Monday in a 7-6 loss to Milwaukee. He threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

“He was terrific. He said he felt strong,” said Francona. “His ball had life through the zone. He threw a couple fastballs down that usually sink or sail, but they just rode through the zone. He looked really sharp. I was really encouraged.”

Francona said they’re going to experiment defensively when Tomlin pitches this spring. He’s going to have the infielders play behind more runners than they have in the past to take away the holes in the infield.

“I think it’s such an advantage,” said Francona. “Tomlin is so quick to the plate, yet he’s a contact pitcher. So if we take the hole away, it should help.”

No. 2: Richie Shaffer is hard to ignore

Shaffer, former No.1 pick of the Rays in 2012, has played four games this spring as a minor-league invitee for the Tribe. Not only is he hitting .800 (4-for-5), but he’s hit one triple, two homers and driven in nine runs.

In his first of two at-bats on Tuesday, he hit a grand slam to turn a 6-6 tie into a 10-6 lead. Last year at Class AAA Columbus, Shaffer hit .227 (105-for-463) with 30 homers, 89 RBI and 188 strikeouts.

Shaffer told mlb.com on Tuesday, “I’m trying to make a case that there’s always room on a roster. That’s my goal, is to go out there and just force someone’s hand and to make a move, and to be like, ‘We can’t not have this guy out there.'”

Francona, for his part, has said that he’s glad Shaffer has gotten off to a good start this spring. That was not the case last spring, but Shaffer still impressed with his power. Just like he’s doing this spring.

Shaffer will concentrate on playing first and third base this spring.

No. 3: No mound work for Danny Salazar.

It’s looking more and more as if Danny Salazar will open the season on the disabled list because of a sore right shoulder. Francona was asked Tuesday if Salazar was close to throwing off the mound yet. The answer was no.

“He’s not even at long toss yet,” said Francona. “He’s on a shorter version of it.”

Salazar injured the shoulder during his offseason conditioning. The Indians have known about the injury since Tribe Fest in January.

Outfielder Brandon Guyer (left wrist) has been cleared to start his “return to play’ program. Still no word when he can swing a bat.

No. 4: Francisco Mejia, the wild card.

The Indians like the way Mejia catches. But they like the way he swings the bat better. It’s one of the reasons that he could be playing third base or the outfield sometime this season for the Indians.

“Offensively, he’s so advanced,” said Francona. “That’s why we’ve talked (position changes) with him. If something happens in April, May or June, he’s probably our best minor league hitter. If he’s able to play another position, does that speed up his ascent to the major leagues?

“I fought putting Carlos (Santana) in the outfield. After putting him out there four or five times, I didn’t worry about it. And the game didn’t change that much. Sometimes I think we worry too much.”

Mejia has two hits in four at-bats so far this spring. He hit a two-run homer against the Brewers on Monday.

No. 5: That’s not how to run the bases.

If you were wondering how the Indians hit into a game-ending double play on Monday with runners on second and third in a 7-6 loss to the Brewers, well, here’s how it happened.

Nellie Rodriguez was on third and Yu Chang on second. Chang had just hit a ground rule double to make it a 7-6 game. If the ball had stayed in play, Rodriguez would have scored the tying run, but instead he had to stop at third.

Willi Castro, the next batter, sent a grounder to former Indian Jesus Aguilar at first base. Aguilar stepped on first, but when Rodriguez stopped after breaking toward home, he threw to second after Chang broke for third. Rodriguez, all 260 pounds of him, then broke for home, but Chang was tagged out just before Rodriguez scored.

It will not go down as one the Tribe’s best base-running moments of the spring.