The Cleveland Indians make a couple of roster moves to make room for Kenny Lofton

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Friday 27 July 2007 at 4:12 pm

The Indians have sent Ben Francisco to the minors and they have designated infielder Hector Luna for assignment to make room for Lofton on the active roster.  Ben Francisco played pretty well for the Indians and he will either be back for them or traded for some relief help.  He played in 19 games for the Indians this season and he was 12 for 44 (.273 avg, .858 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs.  Hector Luna has been a huge disappointment for the Indians as he failed to make their roster out of Spring Training.  He has played in 83 AAA games this season and he is 81 for 323 (.251 avg, .659 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 6 homers and 35 RBIs.  The Indians have 10 days to trade or release Luna but they will likely find a team willing to take a chance on him.

The Cleveland Indians demote starting pitcher Cliff Lee to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Friday 27 July 2007 at 4:01 pm

The Cleveland Indians have sent Cliff Lee to the minors.  He has been horrible this season and he has been especially awful in his last three starts in which he has given up at least 7 earned runs in each one.  He has started 16 games this season and he is 5-8 with a 6.38 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.  In 91.2 innings Lee has allowed 105 hits, 16 homers, walked 35 batters and whiffed 60.  The Indians have recalled reliever Edwin Mujica to help out in the bullpen until Lee’s spot comes up again next week.  Mujica has pitched in 30 games in AAA ball this season and he is 2-1 with 13 saves, a 5.79 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Mujica also has had a rough time with the Indians as he has pitched in 5 games with them and he is 0-0 with a 10.97 ERA.  The Indians will likely bypass promoting Jeremy Sowers and call up 21 year old lefty Aaron Laffey when Lee’s spot comes up unless they trade for a veteran starting pitcher by then.  Laffey has pitched in 19 games (18 starts) in AA+AAA ball this season and he is 11-4 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  In 113.1 innings this season he has allowed 104 hits, walked 24 batters and whiffed 85.

The Cleveland Indians acquire Kenny Lofton from the Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Friday 27 July 2007 at 12:37 pm

The Cleveland Indians have brought back outfielder Kenny Lofton.  He will likely platoon in left field with Jason Michaels.  Lofton is still a stellar defensive player and he’s been very good with the bat this season for the Rangers.  Lofton has played in 84 games this season for the Rangers and he is 96 for 317 (.303 avg, .818 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 7 homers, 23 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  The Indians traded A-ball catcher Max Ramirez to the Rangers to get Lofton.  Martinez played in 77 A-ball games for the Tribe this season and he was 84 for 277 (.303 avg, .923 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 12 homers and 62 RBIs.

Lofton has had a very good career in the major leagues.  He has played in 2,051 games and he is 2,379 for 7,947 (.299 avg, .796 OPS) with 1,504 runs scored, 130 homers, 766 RBIs and 620 stolen bases.  Look for Lofton to pad those career totals with the Indians as he helps them make a run for the playoffs in 2007.

The Cleveland Indians have recalled reliever Jensen Lewis from the minors

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 13 July 2007 at 4:46 pm

23 year old righty reliever Jensen Lewis has been recalled from the minors as Aaron Fultz wasn’t quite ready to come off of the DL.  Lewis has been outstanding in the minors splitting his time between AA Akron and AAA Buffalo.  Lewis has pitched in 34 minor league games this season and he is 3-0 with 2 saves, a 1.73 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  He has thrown 52 innings and he has only allowed 32 hits, walked 17 batters and whiffed 61 so far this season.  Lewis will get to stay a while if he pitches good as the Indians need bullpen help.

The Cleveland Indians give Travis Hafner a nice contract extension

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Friday 13 July 2007 at 4:09 pm

The Cleveland Indians have extended Travis Hafner’s contract through the 2012 season for $57 million bucks.  The team will hold a club option for the 2013 season.  Hafner has played in 84 games this season and he is 79 for 301 (.262 avg, .849 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 14 homers and 57 RBIs.  Hafner is worth the money the Indians have given him as he is one of the best hitters in baseball.  He has now played in 604 games in his career and he is 606 for 2,076 (.292 avg, .965 OPS) with 380 runs scored, 132 homers and 437 RBIs.  Hopefully the Indians have enough money in their vault to re-sign C.C. Sabathia.

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