Storylines: Cleveland, others looking at Benoit
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Here are the stories from Sunday, July 20th.
- According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Indians, Pirates, and Tigers are all showing interest in trading for reliever Joaquin Benoit of the Padres, but San Diego may be reluctant to deal him.
- Terry Francona confirmed that T.J. House will be recalled to start Monday's game in Minnesota, and Danny Salazar will also be recalled to make the start on Tuesday. Trevor Bauer will go Wednesday, with Corey Kluber starting Thursday, and either Zach McAllister or Justin Masterson will get the nod for Friday's game.
Others News and Notes
- Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote that the Mariners aren't scared off by the fact that David Price won't guarantee that he will sign a contract extension if he is traded, although some teams are.
- Cafardo also reported that the Phillies have been underwhelmed so far with the offers they have received for Cole Hamels.
- Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told Jim Bowden of ESPN that he is looking to acquire a middle of the order bat and not an injury risk type of player. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Cincinnati has shown interest in Philadelphia outfielder Marlon Byrd, as well as reliever Antonio Bastardo.
- Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that the Royals also have interest in trading for Byrd, although it's not clear right now if Kansas City will be buyers.
- Morosi also said that the Blue Jays are interested in San Diego outfielder Chris Denorfia.
- The Mets designated pitcher Buddy Carlyle for assignment to make room on the roster for the return of starter Jon Niese.
- According to John Hickey of IBABuzz.com, the Athletics would like to trade reliever Jim Johnson before the trade deadline, but are having trouble finding any teams interested in dealing for the former Orioles closer.
- The Marlins agreed to a Minor League deal with Dustin Moseley, who last appeared in the Majors in 2012 with the Padres.
- Former Indians first-round pick Trevor Crowe was released from the Tigers Triple-A affiliate.
I'd still listen on ACab...don't have to deal him.
I'd definitely love to see Steve Cishek with the chief on his shoulder.
Only way JRam replaces Aviles next season is if the Indians need the extra 3mil they'd save in a switch. Could even be that JRam takes ACab's roster spot with Lindor in Columbus to start off the season until he's ready. Then, depending of performance any scenario is possible: Lindor + JRam with Aviles trade or Lindor + Aviles with JRam sent down etc.
Don't get me wrong, I'd like all 3 of them to be still in the org next year, that's probably the best case scenario, but I'd rather trade Aviles too early (and think about vet SS later) than lose JRam too early (and regret it). I guess my point is, Aviles should not be the reason to feel free to trade JRam.
Moot point, as Aviles probably has more value to the Indians than anything he'd fetch in return. Another season as depth at AAA won't hurt JRam, who can take over permanently for Aviles in 2016. Hopefully he doesn't get traded until then, as I'm very high on him and think he's somewhat underrated among Tribe fans, even as a top 5-10 spec. A lot of people take him for granted, but his ascension and mastering of any level they throw him into, along with his defensive versatility, is nothing short of amazing. We're talking about a guy who is the same age as Papi and Zimmer and who improved his numbers significantly while jumping from AA to AAA and who jumped A+ completely before that, with all of 300 ABs at LC.
To me, he is pretty much the bat version of Kyle Crockett in the system and I hope he remains an Indian, as I think he's much more than just a utility infielder.
The Rays are going to keep Price because the AL East is wide open.
ACab can only be traded if they're out of it, as it would send a bad message throughout the clubhouse. Aviles should be made available though, if they can get a decent prospect in return. He is signed through next season and his versatility has more value to NL teams, so there's some value.
The SP targets the Indians should target are Niese or Gee from the Mets or Collmenter from the D'backs. Controllable, steady performers. Niese would be the best fit as a LHP, but also the most expensive in terms of return package, but he could be as effective as D.Price at a lower cost.
There's also been rumors the Giants and Mariners have checked in on ACab and Aviles. I'd be willing to listen on ACab, he's not a make or break player for this lineup. Turning that bench spot over to Sellers or JRam doesn't seen likely at this point.