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Re: Marte DFA'd, RHP Salas added...(Edit: Marte clears waivers)

Postby indianinkslinger » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:57 pm

jellis wrote:wanted to bump this up, because right now with as bad as Mujica has been, I know its early, and Millers health troubles, might salas actually be the number 1 contender for the last spot in the pen, and I feel like its not quite the last spot because no matter who makes the team Masa will be whe last guy in the pen since he can pitch so few INGS, so they are actually competing for the 2nd to last spot in the pen

You could well be right about Salas. I would think he is behind Meloan but he is on the 40. There is still a long way to go in ST but I would not be shocked if Sipp bypasses AAA and goes straight to the majors. There are just a lot of options if Miller is out of the mix. I even wonder how many of the "old guy" pickups will even find their way onto the Columbus roster. Salas looks to be the best bet of the lot if he is not in Cleveland.
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Re: Marte DFA'd, RHP Salas added...(Edit: Marte clears waivers)

Postby MadThinker88 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:34 pm

The way Salas pitched today, I really hope he doesn't have the 1st shot.
Meloan and Sipp should both be ahead of him and if Zach Jackson has a good enough ST, he would be the logical long-man and that might be more valuable than being a starter in CBus.

It will be an interesting battle to keep watching as ST continues.
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Re: Marte DFA'd, RHP Salas added...(Edit: Marte clears waivers)

Postby TonyIBI » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:39 am

I still say it will be Zach Jackson in the last spot (or maybe Rundles).
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Re: Marte DFA'd, RHP Salas added...(Edit: Marte clears waivers)

Postby Hermie13 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:47 am

MadThinker88 wrote:The way Salas pitched today, I really hope he doesn't have the 1st shot.
Meloan and Sipp should both be ahead of him and if Zach Jackson has a good enough ST, he would be the logical long-man and that might be more valuable than being a starter in CBus.

It will be an interesting battle to keep watching as ST continues.


Sipp definitely should NOT be ahead of Meloan. Sipp has yet to pitch above AA; whereas Salas has pitched in the MLs with some success (so he's not 'bypassing' AAA as someone mentioned). Sipp is also nursing a sore arm still.....

I'd say Meloan would be my top choice then Salas (then the lefties)......then there's always the wild cards that are the Non-roster invitees, such as Chulk and others.

But it'll all come down to who has the better spring likely. Heck, could also see someone not even on the roster like we did last year with Breslow.....though with the amount of arms we have this year, I wouldn't expect to see that again...
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Re: Marte DFA'd, RHP Salas added...(Edit: Marte clears waivers)

Postby TonyIBI » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:36 am

According to people I have talked to, Meloan is almost definitely going to Columbus. Looks like it will be one of the lefties or the non-roster vets to fill the last spot unless Miller makes a miraculous recovery.
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Re: Marte DFA'd, RHP Salas added...(Edit: Marte clears waivers)

Postby Hermie13 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:22 am

Consigliere wrote:According to people I have talked to, Meloan is almost definitely going to Columbus. Looks like it will be one of the lefties or the non-roster vets to fill the last spot unless Miller makes a miraculous recovery.


Yahoo seems to think Salas has a great shot at the last spot.....though they probably aren't the best source for Indians information....

Salas or a lefty make the most sense to me (if Miller is a no go due to injury) as each brings something that's lackign in the pen.

Salas brings a big time strikeout rate. Other than Wood in the 9th, the Tribe doesn't have a true strikeout pitcher in the pen. Yeah, Perez gets K's but not at the kind of rate Salas does.

And the lefties bring....well leftyness (i making that a word, lol). I hate how we only have 1 lefty in the pen currently. It'll lead to Perez getting overused again. I'm just not a big fan of Rundles....though he did pitch ok in the limited time up last year. And not sold on how well Jackson will be in the pen. Doesn't have much experience there at any level, let alone the ML level.

I know we don't 'need' any more arms....but I'd still like an Ohman signing for the right price. A good situational lefty is the biggest thing the pen is still missing. Perez is tough on lefties...but he's also tough on righties and is a great 8th inning guy. Ohman was great against lefties last year (0.98 WHIP and a .200 BAA....career they've hit under .200 off him).

Hopefully though one of Jackson/Rundles can step up and be like an Ohman. Or we could go with Breslow...o wait....lol



As far as the non-roster invitees.....

Kirk Saarlos had a very nice start yesterday. 3 innings and no runs (2 hits, 2 walks, and a strikout). He has the ability to start or relieve.....a decent candidate for a long relief role perhaps....
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Re: Marte DFA'd, RHP Salas added...(Edit: Marte clears waivers)

Postby npc29 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:59 pm

Consigliere wrote:I still say it will be Zach Jackson in the last spot (or maybe Rundles).


That was my thought too, even before Miller got hurt. I think he fits the best for now. He can fill two different roles.
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Re: Marte DFA'd, RHP Salas added...(Edit: Marte clears waivers)

Postby Hermie13 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:05 pm

npc29 wrote:That was my thought too, even before Miller got hurt. I think he fits the best for now. He can fill two different roles.


Really? He's got 3 ML appearances out of the pen (4.2 innings).....and has mostly been a starter in the minors as well. Not very comfortable with him in the pen.....though as a 7th guy, guess it's not 'that' big a deal....


A bit of a moot point as I bet we'll see all of these guys (meloan, Salas, Jackson, Rundles) at some point in the Cleveland pen during the 2009 season.
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Re: Marte DFA'd, RHP Salas added...(Edit: Marte clears waivers)

Postby npc29 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:27 pm

I think he can do long relief. When he started last year he was usually good for several innings and then he'd start to give in.

Bring him in as a lefty specialist sometimes as well. I could see that working.
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Re: Marte DFA'd, RHP Salas added...(Edit: Marte clears waivers)

Postby Hermie13 » Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:40 am

npc29 wrote:I think he can do long relief. When he started last year he was usually good for several innings and then he'd start to give in.

Bring him in as a lefty specialist sometimes as well. I could see that working.


Could work......but he could also become a Billy Traber more than a Brian Tallet.....
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