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Weekend Update: 1/10

January 10, 2009
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Here is another rundown of the week that was in the Indians minor league system....pitchers and catchers report five weeks from today (wow)!

*** No official roster yet, but here are some of the unofficial names who will be in the Winter Development Program which starts up this week at Progressive Field: Matt LaPorta, Beau Mills, David Huff, Michael Brantley, Adam Miller, Wes Hodges, Frank Herrmann, Josh Rodriguez, Hector Rondon, Carlos Santana, Erik Stiller, Neil Wagner, Luis Valbuena, and Steven Wright

Those names are pretty much locks. It is also likely that Chris Gimenez, Wyatt Toregas, and a few others round out the roster which typically is just 15-20 players.

*** Special thanks to Jeff Stevens, John Gaub and Chris Archer for coming on my show
Smoke Signals on Thursday. As many know, all three were traded to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Mark DeRosa. Each player called in and talked for 10-15 minutes about the trade and offered up their initial thoughts to the trade, how they reacted, how they were told, where they go from here, and more. It was certainly nice to get some perspective of some of the things players go through and think about when they are traded. It sure is bittersweet to say good bye, but best of luck to all three with their new teams.

For this week's show outfielder Nick Weglarz was scheduled to come on, but can't because of another committment, so he will be on sometime later in February. We actually may have a very special guest on this week, one that many Cleveland fans would enjoy. More on that later this week if their appearance is confirmed. If not, one of several minor leaguers will be on instead, but I will also provide more details on that later as well. The following show on Thursday January 22nd right-hander Frank Herrmann will be on as a guest.

*** beat writer Anthony Castrovince actually brought this up earlier in the week, but left-hander Zach Jackson will be given a 4th option year this season. I had previously wrote an entry in November talking about how Michael Aubrey was set to get a 4th option year and explained how Tony Sipp would likely get one down the road as well, but never thought to look into Jackson.

In a nutshell, you have to have less than five professional seasons and be out of options to be credited with a 4th option year. A season does not count unless you are on the active roster for 90 or more days, so short-season leagues don

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