Mastny Officially Sold To Japanese Team
As was rumored yesterday, today the Cleveland Indians officially announced that they have sold the contract of right-hander Tom Mastny to the Yokohama Bay Stars of the Japanese Central League. Mastny, 27, split the 2008 season between AAA Buffalo and Cleveland. He went 2-2 with a 1.78 ERA in 28 games for Buffalo (35.1 IP, 26 H, 7 ER, 12 BB, 43 K, .206 AVG) and with the Indians he was 2-2 with a 10.80 ERA in 14 games (1 GS, 20.0 IP, 28 H, 24 ER, 11 BB, 19 K, .318 AVG). The Indians 40-man roster is now at 38 players.
If you are Jeff Stevens, Tony Sipp, Adam Miller and John Meloan, you have to really love this move as Mastny and Mujica were favorites to win one of the final two bullpen spots, but now it appears one of the aforementioned four may win a bullpen job now out of spring training.