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Indians trade for RHP Kevin Slowey

Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:20 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 5:37 pm
Kevin SloweyBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Once again, the Indians and Rockies have pulled off a trade for a starting pitcher, as right-hander Kevin Slowey will join Ubaldo Jimenez in the Cleveland rotation, the Rockies announced.

In return, the Indians sent right-hander Zach Putnam to Colorado.

The Rockies traded for Slowey in December, sending minor leaguer Daniel Turpin to the Twins in return for the 28-year old Slowey. Slowey is due $2.75 million in 2012 and is arbitration eligible in 2013.

Slowey was 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA in eight starts and seven relief appearances for the Twins last season. In parts of five seasons in Minnesota, the former second-round draft pick was 39-29 with a 4.66 ERA. He won 13 games in 2010. Last year his walk rate improved to just 0.8 walks per nine innings (from 1.7 in 2010), but his strikeout rate also fell, striking out just 5.2 batters per nine innings. He also pitched in High-A and Triple-A last season, making 11 minor-league starts, going 1-3 with a 3.60 ERA. Slowey will compete for the fifth spot in the Indians' rotation.

Putnam made his big-league debut last season, pitching eight games out of the bullpen, going 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA. Putnam had nine saves for the Indians' Triple-A Columbus team. He was 6-3 with a 3.65 ERA for the Clippers, striking out 68 in 69 innings.

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Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:21 pm

Indians trade for RHP Kevin Slowey

I don't thik it was that bad a trade for the Indians.  They gave up a marginal relief pitcher for a questionable starter.  I think the whole question with Slowey is if he can stay healthy.  He was developing into a decent pitcher until he got hurt in 2009 (3.99 ERA in 2008 and a 4.04 ERA before he fell apart in 2009).  His minor league numbers were excellent.  If he can stay healthy, he should be a decent fifth starter.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:56 pm

Indians trade for RHP Kevin Slowey

a nobody for nobody trade.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:44 pm

Indians trade for RHP Kevin Slowey

Competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, huh? That will be worth watching.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:40 pm

Indians trade for RHP Kevin Slowey

wow...the indians GM really pulled a whopper trade...kevin (i can't stay healthy) slowey for zach putnam. it shows how anxious the rockies were

to rid themselves of kev.  kev's ERA just keeps creeping up...4.86 in '09, 4.45 in '10 and a whopping 6.67 in '11. how ANY GM sees this as

"lightning in a bottle" deserves the "i have ESP award"....too bad he doesn't. count the indians on your teams NOT to invest in this fantasy season

or you will be sorely disappointed.   &nbs

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