Lugo, contracts and more

A little over a week ago, it was reported that the Indians had agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with veteran infielder Julio Lugo. He was to join the long list of non-roster invitees in camp with the Tribe this spring.

The deal is now apparently off.

Cleveland did indeed come to terms with the 36-year-old Lugo, but the contract is not going to come to fruition. The specifics behind why the deal fell apart are not known.

Considering the sides reached an agreement on terms (he would’ve earned $650K plus incentives if on the Major League roster), I’d speculate that it had something to do with his physical. All that really matters is that Lugo will not be heading to Arizona for Spring Training with the Indians.

For those keeping track at home, that means the Indians have 20 non-roster invitees in the fold for this spring. Lugo would’ve competed for a bench job — given his experience around the diamond — but his chances of cracking the Opening Day roster seemed slim from the start.

Moving on…


Jeremy Accardo: The righty will earn a base salary of $825,000 if he makes the Major League roster. His deal includes incentives: $50K every five games from 50-65 appearances and $100K for 70 games. If Accardo isn’t on the MLB roster by June 1, he must be released if requested or added to the roster within 72 hours.

Fred Lewis: The outfielder would earn $725,000 if he makes the MLB roster. Incentives: $50K each for 350, 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525, 550, 575, 600 plate appearances. If he’s not on the MLB roster by June 1, he must be released if requested.

Chris Ray: The reliever will earn $900,000 if he’s on the Major League roster. His incentives include $50K every five games from 40-70 games; $50K for 35 games finished, $75K for 40 games finished and $125K each for 45/50 games finished. If Ray isn’t on the 40-man roster by April 3, he must be released if requested, or added to the roster within 72 hours.

Dan Wheeler: The reliever’s contract is nearly idententical to the one handed to Ray. Same salary ($900K) if on MLB roster and same incentives (games/games finished). His only out clause, howeveer, is that he can sign with a foreign team for $100K if he’s not on the MLB roster, or he must be added within 48 hours.

Andy LaRoche: Would earn $600,000 if he is on the Major League roster. If he’s not on the MLB roster by June 1, he must be released if requested.

Matt Pagnozzi: Would make $550,000 if he’s on the Major League roster.

Gregorio Petit: Would earn $500,000 if he’s on the Major League roster. If he’s not on the MLB roster on June 30, he must be released if requested.

Robinson Tejeda: Would earn $825,000 if on the Major League roster.  His incentives include $50K every five games from 50-65 appearances. He would make $100K if he appears in 70 games.

Michel Hernandez: Would make $425,000 if on the Major League roster.


The arbitration hearing dates are set for Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and left-hander Rafael Perez. When exactly the hearings are scheduled to be held has not been made public, though. Cleveland hasn’t gone to a hearing with a player since 1991, and that streak could still remain intact.

Cabrera’s camp asked for a $5.2 million salary for 2012, while Cleveland countered with an offer of $3.75 million. Perez asked for $2.4 million, while the Tribe offered $1.6 million. In both cases, the two sides can settle with a contract at any point prior to the start of their respective hearing.

I broke down both cases in THIS previous blog post.

Photo of the Week:

Manager Manny Acta reunited with Slider during the Tribe on Tour (AP photo)


Some links from the last week…

Today’s Inbox
Story from Friday’s Town Hall Meeting
Gaylord Perry leads Indians 2012 Hall Class
Story from Thursday’s Tribe on Tour stop
Indians place Carmona on restricted list
Lindor among baseball’s top prospects
Prince news doesn’t sway confident Tribe Inbox from Jan. 23
Around the Horn: Outfielders



Just to clarify, we’re talking about Julio Lugo and not Jose Lopez as mentioned in the first paragraph, right?

Correct. I’ve edited it, thanks. Bad typo on my part.

before you think about licensing and all that crap, think about the corntol issues.For example, the best you can do to corntol the bat is a little corntol stick. If the Wii was better at sensing movement, baseball games would be definitely improved, but for the Xbox, the chances of a good game are slim. unless they want to mount the corntoller on a stick and swing it around.

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Prof-I need your approval and voice-We all know 7 Nation Army was prtety much just an idea tossed on here, that caught on to someone who mattered and now is played as almost an anthem for the Rays!I was hoping to see Scott Kazmir warm up to Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir (I have always thought it was too close not to jump on) and was hoping for your approval!! That is if he is not traded in the offseason (you never know with World-B-Friedman at the wheel)thanks!

Julio Rodriguez hit 92 MPH tonight acnrcdiog to the gun (posted) at that stadium. His other FBs varied from 88-90. The question of his FB speed has been answered: he can hit 92 (or more?) but likes to vary his FB speed as part of his approach.He also threw one great change-up that the (Yankee’s) announcers praised. He also displayed a curve but didn’t have it under control, but you can see it is there. He seems like a guy who knows how to pitch. A couple of balls hit against him slid through the inf but despite that in 2 inns of work-including a walk or two-the hitters didn’t get many good swing and usually hit the ball on the ground.Despite two inns of men on base against him, he did bear down and nobody scored on his watch. J-Rod should eventually come on as a #3 or #4 in a rotation. ETA: 2013.Lisberto also pitched with much less success. Wild. Got hit hard by lefties.

Pleasing you should think of something like that

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That’s cleared my thoughts. Thanks for contributing.

Your life is always so ineirtsteng! Glad your proximity to the drug deal didn’t inject any unwanted experience.Chip was a messy drinker in that many times he’d tip over his water bowl. Even though it was a heavy bowl. So I tried a matt too. He wasn’t having any of it and stayed away from eating and drinking as long as the mat was under his bowls. I think he didn’t get on with the plastic feel.But then your cats are MUCH smarter than my Chip.The soup pot is a great snag for church use. Is it like a crockpot only bigger?Have a lovely week!

That’s really thinking at a high level

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I too was wondering that… who proofs these things?

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It would be over if miami would stop choking, but stuff hapnpes. it’s only getting better with each missed shot at the buzzer.If Dallas wins game 5, they win it in 6 games. If Miami wins game 5, they win it in 7 games

Heads up, Julio Rodriguez to pitch tonight vs Yankees, game on MLB Network. Looks like he’ll be the last used in a bplluen game so he probably won’t be facing Cano, Tex, ARod, and Jeter but still should be interesting to see him throw. Also, Pierre leading off. Sounds like Charlie is leaning more and more to an increased role for Pierre at or near the top of the order with Mayberry playing more 1B to start.

Strong words brother. The preblom is, how do you win the finals when you play well for only 36 minutes? Coulda, Woulda, shoulda, DIDN’T. And that is why the Mavs have a championship and the Heat sound like moping emo faggots.Besides, Heat bandwagon was on full swing last summer already celebrating like they already won the championship because of LOL 3 superstars in one team. Too bad all 3 knew how to choke when a game is on the line in the finals.

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