Mitchell: Goodbye, Hello
In baseball, one of the great challenges facing team brass is the construction and maintenance of the 40-man roster. Loading up for Spring Training provides GM’s with extra headaches as they have to figure out who is more valuable in the context of the upcoming season when there are more bodies than spots. Such was the case when the Cleveland Indians needed roster room for the arrival of Russ Canzler from the TB Rays. The front office made room on the previously full 40-man roster by trading lefty Kelvin De La Cruz to Texas for cash. The trade didn’t take as the Rangers traded De La Cruz back to the Tribe in another cash deal. De La Cruz was put back on the Cleveland 40-man as rules require and promptly assigned to Double-A camp. The Indians put Carlos Carrasco on the 60-day DL to make room on the the 40-man. Got it?
In other roster news, The Indians had a couple of cut down days (or days where players “transition to the other side” as Manny Acta prefers to call it) since our last report. On Thursday, the Tribe optioned LHP Scott Barnes, OF Thomas Neal and OF Nick Weglarz to Triple-A camp and sent RHP Danny Salazar to High-A. Sunday saw OF Ezequiel Carrera, RHP Corey Kluber and IF Juan Diaz get optioned to Triple-A and RHP Hector Ambriz and C Michel Hernandez reassigned to minor league camp. The current assignments don’t automatically equate to where a player will open the season, but it’s a decent idea of what to expect.
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Hope your bracket looks better than mine, lousy 15 seeds.