CLEVELAND - It was no secret the Cleveland Indians were interested in adding bullpen help by baseball's 4.p.m trade deadline. And in order to do so, the Tribe opted to bring back a familiar name.
The Indians announced on Monday that they have traded for relief pitcher Joe Smith, who spent five seasons with the club from 2009-13. In reacquiring Smith, Cleveland sends 23-year-old left-hander Thomas Pannone and 19-year-old second baseman Samad Taylor to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Neither prospect was ranked within the top 30 of the Indians' organization.
Smith, who left Cleveland to sign a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Angels in 2013, was traded to the Chicago Cubs a year ago, but didn't appear in any games during the team's World Series-winning postseason run. This season, the Cincinnati native and Wright State product has made 38 appearances and accumulated a 3.28 ERA with the Blue Jays, who he signed a one-year, $3 million deal with last offseason.
The 33-year-old Smith lays claim to a 44-28 record and 2.95 ERA over the course of his 11-year pro career. He is married to Vermillion, Ohio, native and CBS Sports sideline reporter Allie LaForce, who celebrated her husband's return to Northeast Ohio with a series of tweets on Monday afternoon.
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