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Storylines: No Lindor debut in 2014

Francisco Lindor will not be called-up this season for the Indians.

Storylines: No Lindor debut in 2014
According to Terry Francona, Indians' top prospect Francisco Lindor will not be called-up to the majors this season. (Photo credit: Brittany Chay)
September 7, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Sunday, September 7th.

Tribe News

  • Terry Francona told reporters that the Indians will not call-up star shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor now that his Triple-A season has come to a close. Francona said, "I don't know that you need to bring a kid up, especially when he's not going to play. I'm not sure that's terribly helpful."

Others News and Notes

  • After manager Ron Washington surprisingly resigned, the Rangers are looking to lock-up general manager Jon Daniels on a long-term extension, a source told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
  • Texas purchased the contract of infielder Guilder Rodriguez from Double-A Frisco and placed pitcher Yu Darvish on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote that placing Darvish on the 60-day DL is likely a cost saving strategy by the Rangers. The move will save Texas nearly $136 thousand on Darvish's $800 thousand roster bonus.

More notes from Cafardo:

  • The Red Sox could be after free agents Jason Grilli and Justin Masterson this offseason.
  • Some in the Brewers organization aren't sure that Milwaukee should exercise Yovani Gallardo's $13 million option for 2015, as they believe the money might be better spent elsewhere.
  • The Rangers my attempt to engage the Blue Jays in trade talks for Jose Bautista, but they may not have the pitching prospects to pry him away from Toronto.
  • Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang will be posted this winter and should receive a large contract due to the lack of available impact power hitters. Kang, 27, hit 38 home runs and drove in 107 runs in 107 games for Nexen of the KBO.
  • The Mets plan to purchase Bobby Abreu's contract from Triple-A Las Vegas and add him to the 40-man roster on Monday, according to Adam Rubin of

User Comments

September 8, 2014 - 2:16 PM EDT
Gomes batting 7 today?????? How dumb. Again?? Why not just put Brantley 9??
September 8, 2014 - 2:00 PM EDT
If the Jays are shopping Joey Bats, I wonder if the Tribe is interested at all. They should be--he's a right handed bat with 31 home runs and a .900+ OPS who would completely change the Indians lineup. I think the Tribe could even swallow his contract ($14M in 2015, $14M team option in 2016) if they made some ancillary moves like trading Bourn, Murphy, etc.
September 8, 2014 - 12:54 PM EDT
Big AL,

I don't see the Indians going after Gallardo, unless they don't trust their pitching staff and they free up some serious money. However, they have reportedly shown interest in Gallardo in the past.
September 8, 2014 - 12:51 PM EDT
I have no problem plugging Tomlin in AAA with the cost of $1M - $1.25. That's similar to signing some vet with an opt out. At least they could controll Tomlin and they know what they have with him.
September 8, 2014 - 11:25 AM EDT
I don't see Tomlin being a non-tender candidate. He is a solid 6th-7th starting pitching option, provides depth, and has options remaining. Plus he might get a bump up to $1.0-1.2M at most I would think in terms of cost for 2015. That's a worthwhile expenditure for the depth he could provide. The key is keeping him out of the bullpen. He's not a reliever.
September 8, 2014 - 11:01 AM EDT
Tony, do you see Tomlin as a non-tender candidate at this point? Either way, it would surprise me to see him in any leverage situation over the remaining few regular season weeks.
September 8, 2014 - 9:09 AM EDT
Although a better way to look at it might be:

They have $37.5M in dead-weight salary commitments to Swisher, Bourn, Murphy and Raburn, who have combined for -2.6 WAR this season.

They have $17M in salary commitments to Santana, Brantley, Kipnis, Gomes, and Atchison.

September 8, 2014 - 8:56 AM EDT

I assume the budget will be right around where it was this year - approx. $85M.

The team currently has salary commitments to 9 guys of roughly $55M.

There's also Aviles' team option ($3.5M).

They also have arbitration eligible players Chisenhall, Tomlin, Carrasco, Shaw and Scrabble (roughly $10M total). Dickerson would also be eligible for arbitration, but I'm assuming he's non-tendered.

Plus about 15 league-minimum salary guys ($7.5M).

With Aviles' option picked up, they'll have about $10M to spend. If they decline his option, $12M- maybe $15M
September 8, 2014 - 7:18 AM EDT
Anyone wonder about what the team budget will be next year? I sincerely doubt there will be any net salary addition. Getting rid of Masterson and ACab's cost may provide some flexibility - but then - have we not been much better without them?
Big AL
September 8, 2014 - 1:54 AM EDT
Gallardo would round out our rotation nicely if he's not retained.
September 8, 2014 - 1:18 AM EDT
The next Yankee or Dodger shortstop in Jung -ho Kang?

September 8, 2014 - 1:06 AM EDT
This is the right move. Lindor should get another couple months in AAA to open next season, and really round out his development. As an added bonus, it gives Ramirez another couple months of everyday play at SS, so the organization gets a better idea for what they have there.

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