Real quick....RHP Paul Byrd has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash. The player to be named must be agreed upon on or before January 15, 2009.
Also, I have seen an unconfirmed report that the Indians have signed 22nd round pick UC Irvine's RHP pitcher Bryce Stowell to $725K bonus. Still awaiting confirmation on that, but if true, that is very good news.
From what I have heard, this is a deal more to clear his rotation spot so they can evaluate guys like Aaron Laffey and Zach Jackson in the rotation the rest of the way....maybe even Scott Lewis. With Byrd here, they wouldn't be able to do it unless they banished him the bully which would be a bush move. They give him a chance to win a WS with Boston, and they get a chance to spend the next six weeks evaluting another starter for next year.
Also, I have also heard they will use the cash savings or the cash they get from the Red Sox to sign three guys from this year's draft: Stowell (rumored to have signed already today), Zach Putnam and Trey Haley.
By the way, LHP David Huff WILL NOT be called up to fill Byrd's spot in the rotation. He is being shutdown at 145-150 innings. At 130 innings already and going a max of 5 innings a start at Buffalo, he has 3-4 starts left....which should time up just right with the end of their season.