Your 2011 Cleveland Indians
Monday morning was Decision Day for the Indians. One by one, the players remaining in position battles were called into manager Manny Acta’s office. There, he and GM Chris Antonetti delivered the news. Some good. Some bad.
The five spots still open were filled. The players who got the nod came with their own unique background.
There was the rookie (Vinnie Pestano). The undrafted free agent out of Harvard (Frank Herrmann). The veteran mulling retirement (Adam Everett). The non-roster reliever two years removed from pitching in Japan (Justin Germano). And the former top catching prospect and a key chip in the Cliff Lee trade (Lou Marson).
For every congratulatory high five, however, there was a handshake of support.
Shown the door were infielders Luis Valbuena and Jayson Nix, catchers Luke Carlin and Paul Phillips and reliever Jess Todd. All will likely head to Triple-A Columbus, with the exception of Nix. He is out of options and can decline an outright assignment. Before Nix is designated for assignment, the Tribe will try to find him a big league job via trade.
Your 2011 Cleveland Indians are as follows:
1. Fausto Carmona
2. Carlos Carrasco
3. Justin Masterson
4. Josh Tomlin
5. Mitch Talbot
“In order for us to have the success that we’re anticipating, we can’t afford to have one or two of those guys to go backwards in their development.” — Acta
Closer: Chris Perez
Setup: Tony Sipp
Setup: Rafael Perez
Middle: Chad Durbin
Middle: Vinnie Pestano
Long: Frank Herrmann
Long: Justin Germano
“It should be a good mix. It gives Manny the opportunity to not only match-up right, left, but different styles of hitters, too.” — Antonetti
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Shoo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Austin Kearns, LF
8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B
“I feel a lot better this year because, going into the season last year, we had three guys in the lineup who were going to play for the first time in the big leagues on an everyday basis. We don’t have that case right now.” — Acta
Outfield: Travis Buck
Utility: Shelley Duncan
Utility: Adam Everett
Catcher: Lou Marson
“The flexibility gives Manny more options. It gives him the ability to take advantage of putting each guy in a position to be successful, whether it’s an individual matchup with a particular pitcher or to help complement our pitcher that’s on the mound. We have the ability to go a number of different ways.” — Antonetti
DISABLED LIST (unofficial)
INF Jason Donald (fractured left hand)
CF Grady Sizemore (left knee injury)
OF Trevor Crowe (right rotator cuff)
RP Joe Smith (strained abdominal)
“It’s Spring Training. Inevitably, when you have 60 guys in camp, I’m sure that there will be a few guys that have some bumps and bruises along the way. Hopefully we can minimize the extent of those and the duration of those.” — Antonetti, earlier this spring
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Also, I appreciate your patience while I got the blog up annd running again. Had some technical difficulties over the past week or so while we were transitioning to a new blogging system. And, this is my last day in Arizona. I am flying back to Cleveland tomorrow and I will be back providing coverage from the exhibition in Columbus on Wednesday.
Stay tuned for more.