Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:36 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 10:47 am
One thing you can say on Kevin Slowey's behalf is that he definitely is Kevin Slowey. One hundred percent, he is Slowey. (I haven't actually checked his birth records, but I am assuming.)
If you're the Indians, Slowey being Slowey is something these days.
The Indians acted quickly to obtain Slowey within 24 hours of learning Fausto Carmona isn't really Fausto Carmona. Sure, Slowey doesn't look like much, with his 0-8 record and 6.67 ERA last year for the Twins. But then again, Carmona (or actually Roberto Hernandez Heredia in real life) wasn't all that much, either; he was 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA.
And now Carmona apparently isn't even Carmona. He was detained a couple days ago for using that cool but fake name of Fausto Carmona. He is really Roberto Hernandez Heredia, say the authorities in his homeland. And by the way, he is 31, not really 28. Indians GM Chris Antonetti said by text, "I am going to refrain from commenting on all on Fausto until we have more information.''
The Indians' front office is an erudite, kind and forgiving bunch. But if Fausto is a liar who perpetrated a career-long fraud on the Indians, they should just cut him. He was always two different people as a pitcher, anyway. And that's even before he became a second person. One year, he'd go 19-8, another he'd have a 6 ERA.
He wasn't and isn't worth the $7-million option the Indians exercised early this winter, even when they believed he was Carmona. But now that he's actually Heredia, and he's 31 and perhaps even distracted, he certainly isn't worth that contract. Roy Oswalt, Edwin Jackson and Livan Hernandez (*all their real names) and others are still free agents. All of them have better tracks records than Carmona/Heredia, anyway, and Jackson is even younger (now he is, anyway).
As soon as they confirm Fausto isn't really Fausto, they should cut him. Assuming there's no mistake here, the contract he signed can not possibly be enforceable (assuming he signed as Fausto Carmona). If he's really Heredia, he has perpetrated a fraud. And that does't even count as pathetic pitching.