Found January 20, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
CLEVELAND (AP) -- With the future of the starter they knew only as Fausto Carmona unclear, the Indians made a move to protect their rotation. Cleveland traded for right-hander Kevin Slowey, acquiring the right-hander from Colorado on Friday for minor league reliever Zach Putnam and cash considerations. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti claimed the deal was not a direct reaction to Carmona's arrest in the Dominican Republic on charges the pitcher falsified his identity to play in the U.S. However, the timing of the trade seems to indicate the Indians don't know if they'll have Carmona this season. Antonetti refused to answer any direct questions about Carmona, whom authorities in the Dominican Republic have identified as Roberto Hernandez Heredia. "I'm going to refrain from commenting on that situation," Antonetti said several times during a conference call. "We are continuing to gather information." Antonetti said Indians manager Manny Acta has spoken to CarmonaHeredia, who started Cleveland's season opener in 2011. The Indians picked up their 7 million option on Carmona in October and hold two more options on him for 2013 and 2014. Upon his release in Santo Domingo, Heredia made a tearful apology. "I ask for the forgiveness of my fans, the government of the United States and the Cleveland Indians for this situation," he said after a judge released him on bail of about 13,000. Police arrested him Thursday outside the U.S. consulate when he arrived to get his visa renewed. He was the second Dominican player arrested in recent months for using a false identity. Antonetti said Slowey, who pitched for Minnesota last season and was traded to Colorado on Dec. 6, will have a chance to win a spot in Cleveland's starting rotation. At this point, the 27-year-old is not an option for the bullpen, Antonetti said. "We look at Kevin as a major league starting pitcher," said Antonetti, adding the Indians have been interested in Slowey since he pitched in college. "If he doesn't make the rotation we will look at alternatives. For a lot of reasons, this makes sense." Slowey split last season between the Twins and Triple-A Rochester. He went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA in the majors and spent time on the disabled list. He made eight starts and six relief appearances, and the Twins went 0-14 in those games. According to STATS LLC, Slowey became the first major league pitcher to make at least eight starts and lose them all since Lou Sleater of the St. Louis Browns in 1951. On the plus side, Slowey has been one of the best control pitchers in the majors over the past five years. He has averaged just 1.42 walks per nine innings, the second-lowest rate in the majors since 2007. Roy Halladay is the only pitcher with a better mark at 1.41. Slowey went 13-6 in 2010 when the Twins won their second straight AL Central title. Putnam spent most of last season at Triple-A Columbus, where he went 6-3 with a 3.65 ERA. Antonetti expected Putnam to compete for a bullpen job in spring training, and said the Indians only made the trade because they have some depth in their relief corps. Shortly after he was acquired by the Rockies, Slowey signed a one-year deal worth 2.75 million to avoid arbitration. Slowey has a 39-29 career record and he went 6-3 in 11 starts against the Indians.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Indians trade for ex-Twins pitcher Slowey

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have acquired right-hander Kevin Slowey from Colorado, a move prompted by Fausto Carmona's arrest in the Dominican Republic. The Indians sent reliever Zach Putnam and cash to the Rockies for Slowey, who pitched for Minnesota last season and was traded to Colorado on Dec. 6. Slowey split last season between the Twins...

Indians obtain Slowey from Rockies

The Cleveland Indians acquired right-hander Kevin Slowey and cash considerations from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for pitcher Zach Putnam.

Fausto Carmona Is No More

Yesterday, Enrique Rojas broke the news that Fausto Carmona‘s real name is actually Roberto Heredia, and he’s three years older than his listed age of 28. Additionally, because he was using a false identity, Carmona’s Heredia’s chances of securing a work visa seem to be less than stellar. Previous players who have gotten caught using a false name and birthdate have ended...

Cleveland Indians acquire RHP Kevin Slowey from Rockies for reliever Zach Putnam

Kevin Slowey, after his second trade of the winter, could find himself in the Indians rotation if Fausto Carmona is stranded in the Dominican Republic because of his visa problems.

Fausto Carmona Is Not Fausto Carmona

He is Roberto Hernandez Heredia. That is all. More »

Indians' Carmona accused of using false ID

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested Indians right-hander Fausto Carmona and accused him of using a false identity to try to obtain a U.S. visa, a police spokesman said.

Voices Carry

The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona was outed when he refused to increase hush money payments to the real Fausto Carmona: ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on “Outside the Lines” yesterday that Carmona was outed several weeks ago on a popular radio show in Santo Domingo by the mother of the real Fausto Carmona. You can watch video of Gomez’s report here. The belief...

RHP Carmona arrested for false identity (AP)

A spokesman for police in the Dominican Republic says the Cleveland Indians pitcher known as Fausto Carmona has been arrested for using a false identity. It is the second such case involving a major leaguer in four months. Maximo Baez Aybar said Thursday that Carmona was arrested outside the U.S. consulate in Santo Domingo.

Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona arrested in identity case

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona has been arrested for allegedly using a false identity in...

Indians pitcher Carmona arrested in identity case

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona has been arrested for allegedly using a false identity in the Dominican Republic, where officials are contesting his real name and birthdate.A police spokesman said Carmona was arrested Thursday outside the U.S. consulate in Santo Domingo. Carmona had gone there to renew ...

Tribe's Carmona out of custody in DR, apologizes

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians pitcher known as Fausto Carmona issued a tearful apology Friday as he was released following his arrest for allegedly using a false identity to play baseball in the U.S.
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.