Posted February 19, 2012 on
As the Cleveland Indians begin spring training, the club will be looking for a short-term starting rotation replacement for Fausto Carmona. Newly acquired right-hander Kevin Slowey is among the candidates.
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As of Sunday, the Indians were still working through the details of a proposed Minor League contract for Jon Garland, who was expected to be in camp as a non-roster invitee. The two sides agreed to the deal last week, but the final steps to make the signing official remain to be taken.
Indians manager Manny Acta does not view Casey Kotchman as a platoon player. On Monday, he made it clear that Cleveland added Kotchman to the fold to serve as the everyday first baseman. That fact could mean that catcher Carlos Santana will see more time as a designated hitter this year.
Wow, what a winter it has been for ground ball pitchers! You know times are tough when Livan Hernandez and Jon Garland settle for minor-league deals. Aaron Harang got a comfy two-year deal, but that alone can’t fund all the organization getaways and giveaways that come with being a card-carrying innings eater. At least Garland’s minor-league deal is sensible, as it comes on...
The Indians are not holding a spring competition for the Opening Day starter role. Manager Manny Acta said on Monday that the club already knows who is in line to receive the honor. Acta is just not ready to reveal Cleveland's choice.
The Indians have six weeks to name a starting third baseman, and manager Manny Acta believes that the decision to go with either Lonnie Chisenhall or Jack Hannahan could come down to the final days of camp.
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Gaylord Jackson Perry
Hall of Fame (1991), 1972 Cy Young, Top 10 Cy Young (1973-1974), Top 26 MVP (1972-1974)