The Cleveland Indians acquire Jason Kubel from the Diamondbacks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 30 August 2013 at 6:40 pm

The Indians have acquired 31-year old lefty swinging DH/OF Jason Kubel and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Kubel played in 89 games for the D-Backs this year and he was 53 of 241 (.220 avg, .612 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 5 homers and 32 RBIs.  Kubel has now played in 983 games in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 875 of 3,306 (.265 avg, .786 OPS) with 430 runs scored, 139 homers, 551 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  This was a good pickup for the Indians for the stretch drive.  Kubel will DH and play some outfield against righty pitching for the Tribe the rest of the 2013 season.

UPDATE:  (9/2/2013) – The Indians have sent 27-year old righty reliever Matt Langwell to the Diamondbacks to complete this deal.  He pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Indians earlier this year and he was 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He also pitched in 42 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 3-4 with 2 saves, a 2.24 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

The Cleveland Indians deal Fernando Nieve to the A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 3 August 2013 at 11:01 pm

The Indians have dealt 31-year old righty reliever/starter Fernando Nieve to the Oakland A’s for cash considerations.  Nieve pitched in 22 games (2 starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 5-3 with a 1.81 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  Nieve last pitched in the majors back in 2010 with the Mets.  He has pitched in 99 games (19 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-11 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Tribe moving forward.

The Cleveland Indians have acquired Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 30 July 2013 at 9:52 pm

The Indians have acquired 27-year old lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals for 20-year old righty swinging 2B/SS Juan Herrera.  Rzepczynski pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Cardinals this year and he was 0-0 with a 7.84 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP.  He also pitched in 32 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cardinals this year in which he was 1-2 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 177 games (23 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 9-17 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  The Indians got Rzepczynski to use as a lefty specialist as lefty hitters are only 73 of 326 (.224 avg, .607 OPS) against him so far in his major league career.  Herrera played in 39 games in A-ball for the Indians this year and he was 41 of 149 (.275 avg, .735 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 1 homer, 11 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Herrera is not considered a top prospect by any means, so I like this deal for the Tribe.

The Cleveland Indians acquire John McDonald from the Pirates

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 11 June 2013 at 1:27 pm

The Cleveland Indians have acquired 38-year old righty swinging SS/2B/3B John McDonald from the Pirates for either a player to be named later or cash.  McDonald played in 16 games for the Pirates this year and he was only 2 for 31 (.065 avg, .268 OPS) with 1 RBI.  McDonald has now played in 970 games in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 549 for 2,320 (.237 avg, .603 OPS) with 264 runs scored, 27 homers, 202 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.  McDonald returns to Cleveland, where he played the first six years of his major league career.  McDonald has played in 285 games in his first six years with the Tribe and he is 144 of 623 (.231 avg, .577 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 4 homers, 33 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  McDonald will do most of his work as a defensive replacement late in games as he is a wizard with the glove.

The Cleveland Indians have designated Jeanmar Gomez for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by admin on Thursday 3 January 2013 at 12:08 am

The Indians have designated 24-year old righty starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.  Gomez pitched in 20 games (17 starts) for the Indians last year and he was 5-8 with a 5.96 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  He has pitched in 42 games (38 starts) in his three years with the Indians and he is 14-16 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  I don’t see Gomez making it through waivers, so look for the Tribe to try to deal him in the very near future.

UPDATE:  (1/10/2012) – The Indians have dealt Jeanmar Gomez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 23-year old righty swinging outfielder Quincy Latimore.  Latimore played in 126 games in AA-ball for the Pirates last year and he was 104 of 413 (.252 avg, .754 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 15 homers, 71 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  He has now played in 610 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 569 of 2,259 (.252 avg, .730 OPS) with 305 runs scored, 66 homers, 337 RBIs and 50 stolen bases.

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