What a zany week for player activity for the Indians. They acquired a giant, added a 26th man to their roster, used a little-used doubleheader rule, had leave for the birth of a baby, and several other moves throughout the system. Arthur Kinney returns for his weekly transaction rundown for the first week of May.
This week's edition of Transaction Rundown comes on Cinco de Mayo, as Arthur celebrates the first Cleveland Indians' transaction figured in his weekly piece. Welcome to the club, Johnny Damon! At the same time Lonnie Chisenhall has some bad news this week at Columbus, as does Giovanny Urshela. It's not a good week to be a third baseman, unless you are Super Jack Hannahan.
Today the Indians have announced that they have traded Triple-A Columbus outfielder Ryan Spilborghs to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. He has been assigned to their Triple-A Round Rock affiliate. Spilborghs, 32, was hitting .250 with 1 HR, 13 RBI and a .675 OPS in 21 games with Columbus this season. In seven Major League seasons he is a career .272 hitter with 42 HR, 218 RBI, and .768 OPS in 619 games.
It was a crazy week with player movement within the Indians system as many players were sent all over the place to cover for injuries and promotions in the upper levels. The big move of the week was Nick Hagadone coming back to Cleveland last night with Rafael Perez's trip to the 15-day DL. Arthur recaps them all!
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have placed left-handed reliever Rafael Perez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26th. To fill his spot in the bullpen and on the 25-man roster the Indians have recalled left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus. Perez has been diagnosed with a strained left latissimus and suffered the injury during his scoreless inning of work on Wednesday night against Kansas City.
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have activated shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the bereavement list. To allow room on the 25-man roster they have optioned left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus. The move comes as somewhat of a surprise as Hagadone is one of the Indians best young pitching prospects and is pretty much Major League ready.
It is Saturday morning, and that means it is time to recap another week of transactions up and down the Indians' system. Highlights of the week included LHP Nick Hagadone being recalled to Cleveland (where he probably should stay) and LHP David Huff starting his rehab assignment in Akron.
The week started off pretty quiet on the player movement front, but once the transaction wire got going, it went into overdrive. Highlights include a two-level promotion for infielder Justin Toole, highly touted relieved Cody Allen getting promoted to Akron, and some new pitchers arriving at Lake County from extended spring training.
The Indians offensive woes of last season have been come back up to start the 2012 season. With the Indians desperate for help in the outfield the Indians reportedly have signed Johnny Damon. Andy Nichols takes a look at what Damon can bring to the Indians lineup, a lineup badly in need of stability and leadership.
The Transaction Rundown is a new feature that will post every Saturday late morning and be a quick recap of all the transactions that occurred during the previous week so that you can catch up on all the activity. To follow all the transactions all season, be sure to click on the 2012 Transactions link under the "Transactions" header along the top of the page.
Today the Indians announced that they have designated outfielder Thomas Neal for assignment and have placed outfielder Grady Sizemore on the 60-day disabled list. The moves were necessary as they had to clear two spots on the 40-man roster for right-handed reliever Dan Wheeler and infielder Jose Lopez by today's 5:00 PM EST roster deadline. Wheeler and Lopez were signed to minor league contracts this...
The official rosters for all four full season rosters should be officially released sometime on Monday afternoon, but Tony provides the 411 on what the four rosters should be when they are released. A lot of players are being pushed back a level because of all the Major League depth at Triple-A and some pitchers are dinged up. All the details are inside!
Below is a listing of all the 2012 transactions involving the Cleveland Indians farm system. This listing is updated daily. Transactions are listed first in an "Overall" heading that includes all transaction activity within the organization and then in the appropriate team-specific heading(s). Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Arizona League Indians headings will not be added until each team's Opening...
The Indians made a small trade on Thursday as they acquired right-handed pitcher Jairo Asencio from the Atlanta Braves for cash. With the Indians still looking to fill two spots in the bullpen and many of the candidates currently in camp not impressing this spring, the Indians went outside the organization to potentially fill that need.
On Wednesday afternoon the Indians added yet another non-roster invite to their big league camp this spring when they officially inked free agent infielder Cristian Guzman to a minor league deal. He is a long shot, but he has the defense and experience to maybe be a big league utility option if he is healthy this spring.
The Indians traded left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz to the Texas Rangers today. So ends another career of a minor league pitcher in the Indians' system that had loads of potential but never realized it as an Indian.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!