Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:35 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 2:50 pm
The Indians announced Thursday that they have put "Fausto Carmona" on the restricted list.
And yes, that's what they called him.
Carmona, as we found out last week, is actually Roberto Hernandez Heredia. He was arrested by Dominican Republic police and charged with using a fake identity.
Because of that, the Indians don't yet know when Carmona (or Hernandez) is going to be able to come to the United States. By putting him on the restricted list, they won't have him count against their roster limit and won't have to pay him.
It's the same move that the Marlins made with Leo Nunez/Juan Carlos Oviedo, who was charged last September with using a fake identity. Oviedo is still on the restricted list, with no certainty yet on when he'll be able to leave the Dominican Republic.
Carmona is signed for $7 million for 2012. He can be taken off the restricted list at any time, and the Indians plan to do that one he is able to get into the country.
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:42 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 4:15 pm
Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona was arrested Thursday in the Dominican Republic, charged with using a fake identity.
According to Dominican police (via spokesman Maximo Baez Aybar on Twitter), Carmona's real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia, and the pitcher is actually 31 years old, not 28.
The police said Carmona (or Hernandez) was arrested when he went to the American consulate to renew his visa. The police said they were working in cooperation with the consulate.
It's not yet clear what charges Carmona (or Hernandez) will face, or what effect this will have on his contract with the Indians. The Indians picked up the pitcher's $7 million option for 2012 in October.
The Indians signed Carmona (or Hernandez) in 2000, when his documents showed that he was 17 years old. Actually, according to the charge, he was 20 years old then, and was 25 when he debuted in the big leagues.
Pitching as Carmona, the right-hander was a 19-game winner in 2007, when the Indians went to the playofs. He's been inconsistent since then, and was 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA in 2011.
The Carmona/Hernandez arrest comes on the heels of the arrest last summer of Juan Carlos Oviedo, who was pitching for the Marlins under the name Leo Nunez. Oviedo returned to the Dominican to face charges, and while he has signed a $6 million contract for 2012, he is still working through legal issues that would allow him to return to the United States.
The Marlins put Oviedo on the restricted list, and he won't be paid unless he is able to return.
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 8:03 pm
The Tigers know better than most teams that early-season leads in the American League Central don't always hold.
Or they ought to.
They've been where the Indians are now. They've been the surprise team. They've been in first place in June.
They've been chased down, and they still haven't ever won an AL Central title (they went to the World Series as a wild card in 2006 and last won a division crown in the AL East in 1987).
The Tigers also know that it doesn't really get uncomfortable for the team in front until one of the chasing teams starts winning every day.
And that's why this could be a significant weekend in the Central.
The Indians are home against the Rangers, continuing the most difficult stretch of their schedule so far (with a trip to New York coming up next week).
Meanwhile, the Tigers have won four in a row. The White Sox just swept a three-game series in Boston.
And the Tigers and White Sox meet this weekend in Chicago.
So far, the Indians really haven't been challenged. They went just 14-12 in May, but entered the month 4 1/2 games in front and finished it with a five-game lead. They went 3-5 over the last eight games and lost just two games off their lead.
Can the Tigers put heat on them? Can the White Sox?
Maybe this weekend will give us a hint.
On to 3 to Watch:
1. Remember when we were wondering if Fausto Carmona would pitch well enough to interest a contender in trading for him? Now we're asking if Carmona can pitch consistently enough for the contending Indians. While the rest of the rotation has been solid, the Indians' opening day starter is winless in five starts since May 3. Worse yet, he's getting worse, allowing 19 earned runs in 17 innings over his last three starts (all losses). Carmona is also winless in his last four starts against Texas, the team he'll face in Rangers at Indians, Saturday night (7:05 ET) at Progressive Field.
2. In April, the Tigers beat Mark Buehrle for the first time in nine starts since July 2007. Saturday, the White Sox will try to beat Justin Verlander for the first time in seven starts since September 2008. Verlander has won each of his last six starts against Chicago, going at least seven innings each time, with three complete games and a 2.03 ERA. He faces ex-Tiger Edwin Jackson in Tigers at White Sox, Saturday night (7:10 ET) at U.S. Cellular Field.
3. Jair Jurrjens is always the Braves starter who gets overlooked. But Jurrjens was the National League's pitcher of the month in May, Jurrjens is the major-league ERA leader for the year, and Jurrjens has to be the NL Cy Young leader at this point. He's also one of just four pitchers ever (according to the Elias Sports Bureau) to go at least six innings in each of his first nine starts while never allowing more than two earned runs. Two of the other three (Lefty Gomez in 1937 and Randy Johnson in 2000) had the streak end at nine. The only one who went longer was Ubaldo Jimenez, who got to 12 games with last year's Rockies. Jurrjens goes for 10 in Braves at Mets, Saturday night (7:10 ET) at Citi Field. Mets starter Dillon Gee has his own distinction as just the second Mets rookie to begin a season 5-0. Jon Matlack started 6-0 (and finished 15-10) in 1972.
Posted on: July 30, 2009 3:05 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2009 3:06 pm
The Indians announced that Fausto Carmona will be recalled from the minor leagues to take Cliff Lee's spot in their rotation.
Fitting, because you could argue that Carmona's horrible season is a big part of the reason the Indians ended up trading Lee to the Phillies.
Way back in spring training, when Tribe general manager Mark Shapiro was discussing his 2009 rotation, he said it was "almost essential" that Carmona rebound from his disappointing year in 2008. Remember, Carmona was a 19-game winner in 2007, then slumped to 8-7 (with more walks than strikeouts) in '08.
As we all know now, Carmona didn't rebound. He was 2-6 with a 7.42 ERA in 12 starts, and earned himself a trip back to spring training and then a tour of Cleveland's minor-league system. The Indians are hopeful they have him headed in the right direction now, and we'll start to see, beginning with his Friday night start against the Tigers.
Anyway, the point is that Carmona was "almost essential" to the Indians' hopes of competing this year. His struggles helped lead to the team's struggles, and thus helped lead to the decision to deal Lee.
Now, Carmona takes his place.
One more Lee/Indians thought.
As many have noted, and as we suggested back in April , the Indians have traded the defending Cy Young winner in back-to-back seasons, with CC Sabathia last year and Lee this year.
Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, there's basically no chance they'll be able to make it three in three years. With Lee gone, the only Indians starter with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title is Carl Pavano. And among the 39 pitchers in the American League who qualify, he's 39th -- that's right, last -- with a 5.66 ERA.
Posted on: November 13, 2008 2:16 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2008 3:35 pm
The Indians had CC Sabathia, who won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award.
They have Cliff Lee, just announced as the winner of the 2008 AL Cy Young.
They almost had Tim Lincecum, who earlier this week won the 2008 National League Cy Young.
When Lincecum was a draft-eligible sophomore at the University of Washington in 2005, the Indians gambled on him with a 42nd-round pick. Lincecum didn't sign, but one Indians official said this week that the final gap in the negotiations came down to just $300,000. Lincecum went back to school, and it worked out for him. The Giants took him 10th overall, and gave him a $2.025 million bonus.
Not even a year later, Lincecum was in the big leagues. Two years later, he was a Cy Young winner.
Lee's path to the Cy Young wasn't nearly as smooth. Acquired by the Indians from Montreal in the 2002 Bartolo Colon trade, he became an 18-game winner in 2005. Lee then became a minor leaguer in 2007, after going 5-8 with a 6.38 ERA in his first 16 starts.
He had to compete for a job in spring training 2008, but by the end of April he was 5-0 with an 0.96 ERA, and he was well on the way to the Cy Young.
So now it's two straight Cy Youngs for the Indians, who before 2007 had won just one of them in their history (Gaylord Perry, 1972).
"Hopefully (Fausto) Carmona wins next year, and we can keep it in the Tribe," Lee said today.
Posted on: June 13, 2008 9:21 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2008 9:23 pm
Everyone in baseball talks about the game's catching shortage. Teams are always looking for players who might be converted to catcher. So why would the Dodgers think about moving Russell Martin to another spot?
The answer is they're not -- not yet. But Dodger people will tell you that it's entirely possible that Martin could become their second baseman or third baseman in two or three years, particularly if catching prospect Lucas May (now at Double-A Jacksonville) develops into a big-league player.
Martin is so good behind the plate that he won the National League's gold glove in 2007 (and the silver slugger, too). But he was a third baseman in junior college, and when he was growing up in Montreal, he was a shortstop.
"You've got to realize, I idolized Ozzie Smith," Martin said. "If I saw something he did, I'd go out the next day and try to do it myself. I had to learn to love to catch. I enjoy everything about it now, but I still miss the infield."
Martin has started four games at third base this year, as Joe Torre has tried to get his bat in the lineup on days when he doesn't catch. Torre said he thinks Martin is quick enough (and hits enough) to play in the middle of the infield.
Martin says he'll do whatever the organization asks. But when I asked him what he'd say if they suggested a permanent move to the infield, his eyes lit up.
"I'd change in a heartbeat," he said. "I'd jump at it, for sure."
The Indians have known for a while that Victor Martinez was playing with a bad elbow, which is why they weren't alarmed by his complete loss of power (no home runs in 198 at-bats). But when Martinez joined Travis Hafner, Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona on Cleveland's disabled list this week, it almost ensured that C.C. Sabathia will be traded next month.
Rogers has a 1.24 ERA in his last four starts, and he would be one of the most marketable Tigers. He's also on record as saying he wants to end his career as a Tiger, a sentiment he repeated today.
"I don't want to pitch anywhere but here," Rogers said.
Rogers has partial no-trade protection in his contract, but as a 43-year-old who strongly considered retirement last fall, he has the ultimate no-trade clause: he could tell teams he would retire rather than accept a deal.
"I don't envision it being a possibility, because I expect we're going to be in this (race) for the long haul," Rogers said.