The Indians have shipped utility infielder Justin Sellers to the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) October 25, 2014
The move is strictly about clearing room on the 40-man roster, as the Indians would like to be active this offseason but have very few contracts coming off the books.
The Indians depth chart currently has Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis entrenched as the starters at shortstop and second, with Mike Aviles (assuming his contract option is picked up) and Zach Walters as the backups. 23-year-old Erik Gonzalez is also on the 40-man roster and Francisco Lindor will almost certainly be called up at some point during the 2015 season.
In other words, Sellers had no shot at making the Opening Day roster, so the move allows the Tribe to pick up some cash in exchange for a guy who was likely to be cut loose anyway.
The Indians bullpen will likely remain mostly intact in 2015, but Gomez would actually be an excelled addition as a right-handed middle reliever for the Tribe. Despite his struggles early in his career in Cleveland, Gomez turned into a solid bullpen arm for the Pirates the past two seasons and his designation is somewhat surprising.