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Indians claim Canzler, designate Gomez for assignment

Indians claim Canzler, designate Gomez for assignment
January 2, 2013
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The Indians made a small transaction on Wednesday bringing back first baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler. The Blue Jays claimed Canzler off waivers from the Indians on December 21st when they designated him for assignment to roster Mark Reynolds. The Indians returned the favor as the Blue Jays recently put him on waivers and the Indians claimed him back. To make room on the 40-man roster for Canzler the Indians designated right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.

Canzler, played in 130 games for Triple-A Columbus in 2012 and hit .265 with 36 doubles, 22 home runs, 79 RBI and .815 OPS. In 26 games with the Indians in September he hit .269 with 3 homers, 11 RBI and .697 OPS. His return to the roster should put him in the mix along with Mike McDade and Chris McGuiness as options to fill the final bench spot on the Indians roster and see a lot of time at designated hitter.

Gomez, 24, went 5-8 with a 5.96 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) for the Indians last season. He was out of options and with the recent signing of right-hander Brett Myers he had little shot to make the opening day pitching staff. The Indians have ten days to trade, release or outright him to the minors. As a first time outright, if he clears waivers he will still be property of the Indians for the 2013 season, though he is not expected to clear waivers.

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User Comments

January 2, 2013 - 11:10 PM EST
@ Andy,
I don't think that's such a crazy proposition. Could be a team lower than the Jays called on him. Toronto claimed him, which killed any deal. Of course all speculation...It's just odd they add Canzler back, when they need roster space. Makes me wonder if another trade could go down.
Rich S.
January 2, 2013 - 11:03 PM EST
Looks like the Indians are trying to corner the market of 4A 1st basemen - Canzler, McDade, McGuiness and Laporta.
January 2, 2013 - 10:34 PM EST
The only way this makes sense to me is if there is a team near the bottom of the waiver claim pecking order that needs a cheap RH bench bat and is talking trade with the Indians. Maybe for a LH relief pitcher that the Indians seem to need? A long shot I know, but there are a lot of teams below Toronto on the waiver claim list.
byron leftwich
January 2, 2013 - 10:16 PM EST
russ suckszler
January 2, 2013 - 10:11 PM EST
Yeah, I don't get it either. May be more to this than meets the eye and probably should have a clearer understanding after the Indians make the other roster moves tomorrow. I still think there is a chance Canzler is DFAed again between now and end of spring training.
January 2, 2013 - 9:15 PM EST
Have to confess that I do not understand the logic of this move. I really doubt that Canzler has learned to defend or hit RHP in his 2 week vacation. I do understand the Gomez move which is a product of rules and erratic performance. Kind of a shame IMO but that is the breaks. Doubt if he will make it by the Pads who have admired him for some time.

I would guess this move makes it unlikely we will keep another RH bat that cannot defend anywhere but a mediocre LF. I would guess that means DFA for Neal. It seems to me the most likely pitchers to be traded or DFA would be Hermann or Huff in order to add Myers. I just do not see them getting rid of Diaz until SS is decided in management's mind. It would not surprise me to see some trades of RHRPs in the immediate future. I suspect it also means they are not able to find a RH hitting LF they think they can afford. Should be good news for Carrera as 4th OF and Fedroff as depth from what I see.
January 2, 2013 - 8:23 PM EST
This move makes no sense, unless there's more to it than meets the eye. I like Canzler, but he's just like all the others. We shall see...who gets dfa'ed will tell the tale I suppose.
January 2, 2013 - 8:02 PM EST
Maybe, they no longer need to keep Gomez because they have the necessary SP depth due to the Myers signing. I bet we'll see them DFA Canzler soon to cover the Swisher signing and see if they can get him through waivers.
David B
January 2, 2013 - 6:48 PM EST
Confused by this move, especially since we have to cut two more soon to give Nick Swisher and Brett Myers spots on the 40 man. I think McGuinness and McDade are more attractive than Canzler, a protypical AAAA guy.

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