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Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:16 am

Indians can't afford Westbrook, but call anyway

Jake Westbrook The Indians have talked to free-agent right-hander Jake Westbrook about returning to Cleveland, the Plain Dealer 's Paul Hoynes writes .

However, a return to Cleveland seems unlikely, as new Indians general manager Chris Antonetti has been given the charge of cutting payroll from $61.5 million at the start of 2010 to somewhere between $40-$50 million.

The Indians are committed to $26.6 million to three players for 2011 -- Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona and have six players eligible for arbitration -- Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jensen Lewis, Chris Perez, Rafael Perez and Joe Smith.

If the Indians tender contracts to all six, well, it'll be interesting if they have enough money to fill out the rest of their roster, much less sign a free agent pitcher who is looking for a two-year deal. Westbrook has reportedly turned down a one-year offer from the Cardinals.

The Denver Post 's Troy Renck says the Rockies are interested in Westbrook, as well.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm

Bruce, O'Day among Super Twos

Brad Ziegler, the right-handed sidearmed reliever, is the lucky winner of the Super Two cutoff date this year with two years, 122 days of service time, according to the list sent to agents by the MLB Players Association. Super Two qualify for salary arbitration early.

The cutoff this season is lower than it has been in recent years, perhaps indicating that teams are getting more and more careful about how soon they bring up players in attempts to put off arbitration as long as possible.

Leading the list is Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, who has already been signed to a long-term deal, a deal that's looking better and better by the day for the Rays.

Here's the list:

Jay Bruce Player 2009 Club Total Service
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay 2.170
Jim Johnson Baltimore 2.165
Felipe Paulino Houston 2.163
Josh Fields Kansas City 2.159
Kyle Kendrick Philadelphia 2.159
Sean White Seattle 2.156
Ian Stewart Colorado 2.154
Dana Eveland* Pittsburgh 2.152
Luke Hochevar Kansas City 2.151
Armando Galarraga Detroit 2.148
Burke Badenhop Florida 2.143
Ross Ohlendorf Pittsburgh 2.139
Chris Perez Cleveland 2.136
Alberto Gonzalez Washington 2.135
Jensen Lewis Cleveland 2.133
Darren O'Day Texas 2.128
Jay Bruce Cincinnati 2.125
Chase Headley San Diego 2.123
Travis Buck Oakland 2.123
Brad Ziegler Oakland 2.122

It appears that this is the best news for Bruce, O'Day and Perez, who will likely get the biggest bumps in salary from 2010 to 2011.

Of all those players, Bruce (pictured) may have had the best season, hitting .281/.353/.493 with 25 home runs. Perez recorded 23 saves and had a 1.71 ERA as the closer for the Indians once Kerry Wood was sent to the Yankees. O'Day was a valuable member of the Rangers' bullpen, appearing in 72 regular-season games and 11 postseason games. During the Regular season, he had a 2.03 ERA.

All three of those players made $440,000 or less last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 9:51 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 12:20 am

Benches clear in Sox/Indians game

Adrian Beltre In a season devoid of major bench-clearing incidents, the Red Sox and Indians made things intriguing in the bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday.

While no punches were exchanged, benches and bullpens cleared after Indians reliever Jensen Lewis popped Adrian Beltre in the back, much to the third baseman's chagrin. Beltre had words for Lewis while the catcher and umpire blocked Beltre's path to first base. As Beltre continued yapping, the benches cleared.

Tempers were hot because Justin Germano had thrown behind David Ortiz in the seventh inning, Ortiz avoiding the plunking by doing a two-step. The Indians were out for blood after Boston had hit two Indians earlier in the game.

In the first, Josh Beckett's inside fastball sailed a little too inside to Shelley Duncan, coming off a four-hit game the night prior. Duncan took first base without incident, but Beckett came back with a heater that drilled Shin-Soo Choo right in the knee in the third inning. Choo was down for a few minutes before taking first.

Things were then quiet until the attempt to bop Ortiz.

Once benches cleared, Beckett -- who was technically still in the game, after having pitched the eighth frame, but whose night was done -- clearly sparked the fire by yelling at various Indians. Duncan then decided to give Beckett some unkind words back, at which point the big John Lackey inserted himself in front of Beckett and Duncan, scowling and looking like an imposing bouncer at the bar.

Players were beginning to separate as umpires attempted to push Boston pitching coach John Farrell back to the dugout. Terry Francona was in the midst of exchanging words with third-base coach Steve Smith. Something really must have stoked Francona's fire, as he suddenly flipped the switch and became furious, causing the umpires to have to intervene and the players to come scurrying back to mill around some more. Francona rarely gets mad at a member of the opposition, and it was a startling sight to see him get so hot under the collar.

"I just got a little aggravated," Francona said after the game. "[I'll] cut back on the Red Bull tomorrow."

The umpires tossed Jensen Lewis from the game, who ended up throwing the single pitch for his night. Smith also joined Lewis in the clubhouse while Beckett was also tossed, which was unimportant as he was already leaving the game. Beckett tossed eight frames, allowing just three hits, zero walks and eight whiffs.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 12:26 pm

Indians place Wood on DL

Kerry Wood In a market bullish on relievers, one more is unavailable until just before the trade deadline, as the Indians placed closer Kerry Wood on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger.

According to's Anthony Castrovince , the move is retroactive to June 12, making him eligible to return before the trade deadline.

However, as with more than $4 million left on his contract, the real trade deadline for Wood is the Aug. 31 date. He will likely clear waivers because of the combination of the money still owed to him and his 1-4 record and 6.30 ERA. Wood does, however, have 18 strikeouts in 20 innings. He has eight saves this season in 11 opportunities and this is his second trip to the DL this season.

In Wood's absence, Chris Perez will take over the closer's role and Jensen Lewis has been called up from Triple-A Columbus for his third stint in Cleveland this season. Perez has seven saves this season and a 1-0 record with a 3.94 ERA.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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