Storylines: Liriano headed to DL
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Here are the stories from Wednesday, June 11.
- Terry Francona noted that Nick Swisher felt very good after his first rehab start Tuesday night, and the first baseman will fly to Boston Thursday morning to meet with the manager about when he will be activated.
Others News and Notes
- Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain, joining fellow Pirate starter Gerrit Cole on the DL.
- Pirates president Frank Coonelly told Joe Starkey of 93.7 the Fan that the team has serious interest in re-signing catcher Russell Martin this winter.
- Reliever Carlos Marmol has been placed on the restricted list by the Reds after he left the team without permission. It is believed that Marmol wanted a mental break and is not retiring.
- The Cubs officially signed their first round pick, and the fourth pick overall, Kyle Schwarber to a below-slot deal of $3.125 million.
- Texas also signed their first round pick, prep pitcher Luis Ortiz, to a slightly below-slot deal worth $1.75 million.
- The Red Sox signed 36-year-old outfielder Andres Torres to a Minor League contract.
- Toronto sent 33-year-old righty Shawn Hill to the White Sox. Hill hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2012 with the Blue Jays.
- David Huff, who was recently designated for assignment by the Giants, was dealt to the Yankees for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster for Huff, New York designated pitcher Wade LeBlanc for assignment.
- Detroit acquired Minor League catcher Manny Pina from the Mariners for a player to be named later.
I doubt we would get anything of value for Bourn, in fact I'd be satisfied with just dumping his contract. The combination of Holt, Aviles and Brantley could hold the fort down, especially with Morgan coming back in a month. It probably wouldn't help us much this year, but it seems like a great way for a small market team to save about $35 million without hurting the club much.
@Brandon.. Trading Bourn, while unlikely, as you've indicated would net the Indians what kind of player? Any ideas?..
I'd say, anything is possible, but don't look for it to happen. Bourn was a big investment for the Tribe (right or wrong), and the Dolans are probably concerned about public perception. Furthermore, signing a FA and trading him relatively soon thereafter likely wouldn't sit well with some FA that they might be willing to sign.