Padres trade SK grad Aaron Cunningham to Cleveland

Aaron Cunningham is back in the American League after being traded by the San Diego Padres to the Cleveland Indians.

Cunningham, an outfielder, played parts of the last two years with the Padres. He also played parts of two seasons with the Oakland Athletics. He was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox.

Here’s the AP story:

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have acquired outfielder Aaron Cunningham in a trade with San Diego.

Cleveland sent minor league reliever Cory Burns to the Padres for Cunningham on Friday, adding more depth to the Indians’ outfield. The 25-year-old Cunningham can play right or left field and Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said the club believes “he has a lot of upside left.” The Indians know the importance of having depth after outfielders Grady Sizemore, Shin-Soo Choo and Michael Brantley had injury-plagued seasons.

Cunningham split last year between the Padres and their Triple-A Tucson affiliate. With the Padres, he batted just .178 in 52 games.

Burns went 2-5 with a 2.11 ERA in 54 games for Double-A Akron last season.

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