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The precipitous drop; a ode to Vinnie Pestano

A former member of the pen was jettisoned in a move that wasn’t a shocker, but saddened many fans. Vinnie Pestano, the team’s eighth inning stud in 2011-12 was sent to Anaheim for A ball pitcher Michael Clevinger. With the glut of young arms that have passed him while sitting in AAA Columbus and 40-man roster spots so precious, Pestano was staring at a non-tender at the end...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pestano for Clevinger: Indians go for upside

Today the Indians completed one of the first waiver deals of the baseball season. They traded right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano to the Angels for right-handed pitching prospect Michael Clevinger. Pestano has had one of the more interesting trips to and through the majors of any Indians player. He was a 20th round selection in 2006 and was never a big name prospect. The Indians...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians win arbitration case with reliever Vinnie Pestano

The Cleveland Indians have won their arbitration case with relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. The Indians’ filing of $975,000 won out over Pestano’s offer of $1.45 million for the 2014 season. The two sides met in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday morning. The setup man, who turns 29 in a couple weeks, is in his first season of arbitration eligibility...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians reliever Pestano loses arbitration case

Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano has lost his arbitration case and will make $975,000 in 2014, according to Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer. Pestano and the Indians presented their case in front of a Major League Baseball arbitration panel on Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla. after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on the former set-up man's 2014 salary. According to Hoynes...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Agent claims Pestano suffered injury in World Baseball Classic

Reliever Vinnie Pestano was considered a dominant setup man for the Cleveland Indians heading into the 2013 season. He then played in the World Baseball Classic and had a disastrous regular season, which saw him post a 4.08 ERA with a 1.68 WHIP and land on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He returned from the disabled list, but was eventually sent down to the minors...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pestano working on getting more extension in Columbus

After a shaky start to the season the Indians and Vinnie Pestano are relying on a trip to Triple-A Columbus to bring him back to his former glory as a key member in the Bullpen Mafia. Pestano entered the 2013 season with a lot of promise after two dominating years in the Indians bullpen. Unfortunately, a stint on the disabled list in May and a disappointing July made Pestano...
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August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians trade rumors: Relief pitching

The 2013 post-All Star break Cleveland Indians are looking a lot like the post-All Star break Cleveland Indians from the previous two seasons. They have lost four out of five games since returning to action this past Friday. Given that it’s only been five games and the team has been streaky up to this point this season anyway, I am going to take their recent dismal play with a...
July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

What's ailing Vinnie Pestano?

The Bullpen Mafia is no more. The once-strong bullpen for the Cleveland Indians has gone from one of the most reliable units in baseball to one of the worst. At the forefront of the bullpen issues is right-hander Vinnie Pestano. Others have had their struggles with performance or injuries, but the key member to the unit has always been Pestano. However, this season he has lost himself...
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July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Pestano: “No bad blood” with Indians front office

Baseball has a business side to it and sometimes people don’t see eye-to-eye. There’s no bad blood or hard feelings whatsoever on either side. I respect Chris [Antonetti] and the organization and in no way am I unhappy with them. I’m grateful for the contract offer. They have a performance bonus schedule in place and stick to it. For the first time in my career I’m at a point...
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March 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Vinnie Pestano to play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Vinnie Pestano will suit for the United States when they take the field for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Just got the second best phone call of my career. I’m going to be wearing the Stars and Stripes in the WBC. #trulyhonored #childhooddream — Vinnie Pestano (@VinnieP52) January 12, 2013 Pestano, 27, was one of the Tribe’s few bright spots in 2012, finishing the season...
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January 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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