MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - INSIDE PITCH
The two Indians players who figure to be the biggest trade targets for other teams during the next offseason both appeared in the Indians' 6-5 win over the Angels on Sunday. That would be closer Chris Perez and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
Neither player was in the game very long. Cabrera was ejected in the second inning after his first at-bat for arguing a called strike. Perez pitched the ninth inning, retired the side in order and picked up his 18th save.
Whether either player is a member of the Indians next season remains to be seen. There are legitimate reasons why General Manager Chris Antonetti will be willing to listen to offers for both players during the offseason.
In Cabrera's case, the reason he could be expendable is that shortstop Francisco Lindor, the top prospect in the Indians organization and one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball, has made a rapid climb through the farm system and is currently playing at Double-A Akron.
Lindor could be ready to ascend to the major leagues at some point next season. The Indians also have veteran Mike Aviles who could handle the position as the bridge between Cabrera and Lindor. The other factor with Cabrera is that he can become a free agent after next season and the Indians very rarely re-sign their own free agents.
The argument for trading Perez involves both on the field and off the field issues.
In the latter category was his arrest earlier this season for marijuana possession, plus his numerous critical comments the last few years directed at the front office and the fans.
Another factor is that Perez will likely be able to command upwards of $10 million in salary arbitration next year. That might be a little pricey for the Indians' taste, especially when they have potential closers-in-waiting already such as Vinnie Pestano and Cody Allen.
The biggest argument for trading Cabrera and Perez, however, is that both players should theoretically bring the Indians quality players in return, and the Indians will undoubtedly have some holes to fill after this season.
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 3-7
NEXT: Indians (Danny Salazar, 1-0, 3.29) at Twins (Andrew Albers, 1-0, 0.00).
--INF Mike Aviles, wasn't in the starting lineup of Sunday's 6-5 win over the Angels, but entered the game after the second inning, replacing SS Asdrubal Cabrera, who was ejected. It was a change that impacted the game when Aviles, in the sixth inning, belted his seventh home run of the season.
--RHP Danny Salazar will start Monday night against Minnesota. It will be Salazar's third major league start. In his first starts, Salazar has 17 strikeouts and two walks in 13 2/3 innings.
--SS Asdrubal Cabrera was ejected from Sunday's 6-5 win against the Angels after his first at-bat, which ended in a swinging strikeout. Cabrera took issue after the strikeout of a called second strike by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza, which is what led to his ejection.
--RHP Justin Masterson was removed from Sunday's 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels after giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. That's his shortest outing in 25 starts this season. "My ball was moving, but my control wasn't the best," he said.
--DH Jason Giambi was 0-for-4 Sunday and is now hitting .059 (1-17) in the month of August. Giambi, however, is still one of the Indians' better hitters with runners in scoring position, hitting .297 in those situations.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's been a rough week, and then all of a sudden we're down 5-0 and we're feeling like we did all week." -- 1B Nick Swisher, on Sunday's come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels, which snapped a six-game losing streak for the Indians.
MLB Team Report - Cleveland Indians - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Corey Kluber (sprained right middle finger) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 6. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
--C Lou Marson (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 7. He began a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on May 29 and moved to Triple-A Columbus on May 30. He was shut down when he experienced more soreness in his shoulder June 12. He began a new rehab assignment with Columbus on Aug. 4.
--RHP Brett Myers (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He made rehab starts for Double-A Akron on May 17 and May 22. His scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on May 27 was scratched due to continued soreness in his elbow. Myers was shut down. He started a new rehab assignment with short-season Class A Mahoning Valley on June 24. He was shut down again July 1.
--RHP Josh Tomlin (Tommy John surgery in August 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 15. He began a rehab assignment July 26 with Triple-A Indianapolis, then pitched Aug. 1 and Aug. 4 for Class A Lake County. He started for Double-A Akron on Aug. 7. He could return by early September.
--RHP Frank Herrmann (Tommy John surgery in March 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list March 31, and he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list April 3. He will miss the entire season.
RHP Justin Masterson
LHP Scott Kazmir
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
RHP Zach McAllister
RHP Danny Salazar
RHP Chris Perez (closer)
RHP Joe Smith
RHP Cody Allen
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Matt Albers
RHP Bryan Shaw
LHP Marc Rzepczynski
RHP Carlos Carrasco
1B Nick Swisher
2B Jason Kipnis
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Lonnie Chisenhall
DH Jason Giambi
INF Mike Aviles
LF Michael Brantley
CF Michael Bourn
RF Drew Stubbs
OF Ryan Raburn