Indians final spring roster moves; Kazmir named fifth starter
The Cleveland Indians have issued several roster moves that will set up their roster for the start of the 2013 season:
- They released right-handed relief pitcher Matt Capps from his minor league contract.
- They optioned Catcher Yan Gomes to Triple A Columbus.
- They optioned Infiedler Cord Phelps to Triple-A Columbus.
- They purchased Jason Giambi's contract from Triple-A Columbus, then placed him on the 15-day Major Leage DL with a lower back strain. He'll be eligible to be activated on April 9th.
- They placed right handed relief pitcher Frank Herrmann on the 60-day DL.
- The told lefty Nick Hagadone, righty Bryan Shaw and utility player Ryan Raburn that they will open the year on the 25-man roster, barring injury.
- LHP Scott Kazmir will be added to the Indians 25-man roster prior to his first scheduled start on April 6th in Tampa. He is the fifth starter. He will overlap with Carlos Carrasco though, so it will be interesting to see how the Indians handle that situation during the first week of the season. Perhaps that's why only 23 names have been listed so far.
- Carlos Carrasco will start the year off on the 25-man roster, and will spend the first six games of the season serving his six-game suspension.
- UPDATE: Rich Hill and Matt Albers have made the team, round out the 25-man rotation. They will officially have eight pitchers in the pen, but will only have 12 pitchers overall while Carrasco serves his suspension.
Two names that weren't listed but I assumed would make the 25-man roster were Rich Hill and Matt Albers. Hill seems like a lock, since the Indians added him to the 40-man roster just over a week ago. Matt Albers seems like a lock as well, which would round out the 25-man.
Three other names that weren't mentioned that were question marks with regards to the roster and their future with the club are IF/OF Chris McGuiness, outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and lefty David Huff.
When Giambi does come off the DL, it's likely that Shaw is sent back down to the minors, as he has options left. Of course, these things tend to work themselves out, and three weeks can be a lifetime in the big leagues.
Perhaps the scenario is that Shaw goes down when Kazmir comes up. He may never leave the club, and stay up for when Carrasco gets sent down. He'll then stay up until Giambi comes off the DL, and then officially gets sent down after the ninth, depending on when Giambi is ready. My hunch is he'll be ready on the ninth. Just a hunch.
Matt Capps appears to be in a similar position as Daisuke Matsuzaka. It's being reported that both will be given new contracts and will eventually make their way to Columbus for the start of the season. Both will likely have opt-out dates added to a new contract that will save the Indians from paying a $100,000 retention bonus, but will ultimately give both players some guaranteed money. It's possible that both players could sign elsewhere if a deal isn't worked out.
Stay tuned to the IBI as the week progresses, and more announcements are made.
|First Base||Nick Swisher|
|Second Base||Jason Kipnis|
|Third Base||Lonnie Chisenhall|
|Left Field||Michael Brantley|
|Right Field||Drew Stubbs|
|Center Field||Michael Bourn|
|Designated Hitter||Mark Reynolds|
|SP5||Carlos Carrasco (suspended)/Scott Kazmir|
|Main Set-UP||Vinnie Pestano|
|Backup Catcher||Lou Marson|
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Seth, actually, the extra pen arm is more useful/valuable in the early part of the season. Team's rarely use their bench the first week in order to get their starters into the routine of the season. But pitchers can be used much more, so if you are going to use that last roster spot on a bench player or pen guy, the pen guy makes more sense, especially with the Indians since they are so versatile.
Will be Allen & not Shaw.
Kazmir addition will require Shaw be optioned out. Don't need to bring him back unless an injury occurs.
Either way...it's the first two freakin' weeks of the season...and we're talking about managing the last two spots on the roster...
They need arms, so they'll likely make sure it's an arm that they keep up...or move down...
Mountain out of a mole hill...but hardly strange...
When Kazmir is added, reliever gets sent down
Giambi is added when Carrasco serves his 6 then sent down.
Thats how I read into it anyway.
I don't think it matters. I think you can catch teams off balance on occasion, but I'm sure there are teams scouring the Indians right now...knowing they added a bunch...and had to lose some players that can play a role on certain clubs...
They may sneak through, but if I'm either's agent...I'm telling them to find somewhere else to go...
I think Allen has a legit chance at getting sent down. I think Francona wants to see if he's pushing to make the club...and he'll settle when the season starts. Now, he has a two week window to see if that's true. If it's not, and he is struggling...you WILL see Allen get sent down...IMO...
last year...with a crap team...Acta never sniffed him...didn't know what to do with him...IMO...he's a Francona guy...he'll now get his shot...
and the ninth (or worst) best starter on a below-average staff...they aren't losing a thing...
Shaw breaks with the club until the sixth, then is sent down. He remains with the club for two days, then is "called up" when Carrasco is officially sent down on April eighth. Shaw then never actually sent anywhere...and only misses two games. Hell, he may not even pitch those days either. They can gas him on Friday if they relievers, then let him rest for the weekend. Then he stays with the club until the ninth..if that's when they really bring up Giambi, or keep Shaw on the roster until the 15th, on their off-day. It may not even be Shaw that they send down...
That's not even close to being odd...just roster management...
Any chance that when the merry go round starts after CC has served his 6 days that Shaw stays up and C.Allen sent to AAA?
Allen just seems to be struggling a bit this spring and Shaw anything but.
I do like Zek & Huff, but guess I like all Indians & they are what they are. Guess the rule for options is working, hope we get something for them and they have success where ever they land.
That's an awfully convenient back injury for Giambi to have.
Do agree with a lot of what you say...
I'll give Francona the benefit of the doubt. He really believes in Giambi...perhaps there's something to him that we don't know about...perhaps a balance...a bit more of a calm version of Swisher...who knows.
Albers and Giambi...to me...are taking up space...so we'll see if they pan out. The funny thing is that Albers is better than Wheeler or Ascencio...or at least the same...and we were stuck with both to start the year off. If he doesn't pan out early...there will be many BETTER than him in the system, and I doubt Francona will hesitate to use them...
He's trying to create a culture here, and Giambi and Albers perhaps can help cultivate that. I'm a firm believer in culture...especially with a team who's culture is losing...
Hmmmm Dungeness...perhaps I need you to send that to Tony via my address...I'll make sure he hears about it...;)