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06/22/12 12:23 AM ET

Indians trade Mills to Reds in Minor League deal

CLEVELAND -- Beau Mills' production in the Indians' farm system never met the kind of expectations that are placed on a first-round Draft pick. The first baseman will now hope for a fresh start with the Reds.

On Thursday, Cleveland traded Mills to Cincinnati in exchange for cash in a Minor League deal. Mills has been assigned to Double-A Pensacola in the Reds' organization after spending the beginning of the season with Triple-A Columbus.

The Tribe made Mills the 13th overall selection in the first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

In parts of six Minor League seasons with Cleveland, the 25-year-old Mills hit .267 with a .330 on-base percentage and a .444 slugging percentage. The left-handed hitter piled up 76 home runs and 375 RBIs in 569 professional games for Indians affiliates.

This season, Mills hit just .197 with a .239 on-base percentage to go along with seven homers and 21 RBIs in 39 games for Triple-A Columbus. Mills was third on the depth chart behind Matt LaPorta and Russ Canzler at first base for the Clippers. Mills also spent some time as a designated hitter and has limited experience as a third baseman.

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