Michelangelo is quoted as saying something to the effect that if you want to carve an angel, you take a block of marble and cut away everything that doesn’t look like an angel. Terry Francona continues to carve away at the players in Spring Training in an effort to cut away everything that doesn’t look like a winning baseball team.
Outfielder Tim Fedroff, RHP Trey Haley, LHP T.J. House, RHP Chen-Chang Lee, and RHP Danny Salazar have all been optioned to the AAA Columbus Clippers. This isn’t surprising. They’re all young prospects who were primarily in camp for the experience. The Indians also reassigned non-roster invitees Matt LaPorta (oh Matt…), RHP Fernando Nieve, and C Roberto Perez to Minor League camp. In addition, outfielder Ben Francisco was granted his unconditional release. Don’t weep for Francisco, however, because he’s already been signed to a minor league contract with the Yankees. (May I just point out how delightful it is to have the Yankees picking up our cast-offs rather than the other way around?)
We also selected the contract of LHP Rich Hill from Columbus. To make room for hill on the 40-man roster, RHP Blake Wood was placed on the 60-day disabled list to rehab his right elbow. Hill started out with the Chicago Cubs but spent the last three seasons with the Red Sox. He had Tommy John surgery in June 2011 and came back last season to pitch just over 19 innings in 25 games for Boston with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.424 WHIP. So far in Spring Training, he’s pitched 5 2/3 innings and given up 1 unearned run. He’d be a nice addition to the bullpen.
With these latest cuts, the Spring Training roster now has 51 players on it: 26 pitchers, five catchers, 13 infielders, and seven outfielders. Terry Francona has four weeks to finish carving.