Traded IF Todd West (AA) to the Arizona Diamondbacks for IF Mayobanex Santana; Assigned him to Kinston (A+)
Signed 6th Round Pick RHP Cody Bunkelman to a minor-league contract; Assigned him to Burlington (R+)
Cody is probably not going to be rushed through the system; he’s a *really* raw 19-year-old pitcher (he’s only played baseball for two years) who has a 95+ mph fastball, but not much else.
Promoted CA Javi Herrera to Akron (AA) from Lake County (A-)
Promoted CA Brian Luderer to Buffalo (AAA) from Akron (AA)
Purchased the Contract of CA Sandy Martinez and Recalled him to Cleveland
Designated RHRP Lou Pote for Assignment
I certainly don’t like the looks of this move. If Victor’s ankle was day-to-day, you’d think the Indians might just manage with just Tim Laker for a couple days. Of course, maybe they brought S. Martinez up to catch Saturday’s or Sunday’s game. Whatever the case, the Indians lineup takes a huge hit without Victor in it. Victor has established himself as one of the best offensive catchers in baseball, and it’s a big drop between him and Tim Laker.
As for Pote, he’ll probably clear waivers and join the dozen or so ex-Indians in the Buffalo bullpen. He was reportedly acquired from Oakland for $1, and I doubt two weeks have changed the opinions of the other GMs in baseball.
This also clears a 40-man roster spot for Scott Elarton, who is (unofficially) going to make a start this series. Kaz Tadano will probably be sent down to make his scheduled start in Buffalo.