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CLEVELAND ? (AP) ? The Cleveland Indians traded first baseman Eduardo Perez to the Seattle Mariners on Friday for a minor league infielder.


Dealing Perez could be the first of many upcoming moves by the Indians, who coming off a 93-win season were expected to contend in the AL Central. However, the club has underachieved and entered Friday's game in Cincinnati 18 games behind the Detroit Tigers.


In exchange for Perez, who was platooning at first with Ben Broussard, the Indians got infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. He has been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.


The Indians also recalled Ryan Garko, a power-hitting first baseman, from the Bisons. A former catcher, Garko batted .255 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs in 78 games. His arrival, and Victor Martinez's recent switch from full-time catcher to part-time first baseman, could lead to the Indians trading Broussard.


Used primarily against left-handers, the 36-year-old Perez batted .303 with eight homers and 22 RBIs in 37 games in his first season with the Indians, who signed him as a free agent in January.


The Mariners, who entered the weekend two games back of Oakland in the AL West, have struggled against lefties all season. Perez batted .330 against left-handers, but only .091 from the right side. Perez can pinch hit, back up Richie Sexson at first and play outfield if needed.


Cabrera, 20, batted .236 with 22 RBIs in 60 games at Triple-A Tacoma. He didn't make an error in his first 36 games and leads Pacific Coast League shortstops in fielding percentage.

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