I don’t know if the Indians front office purposefully waited until Halloween to grant Chris Perez his unconditional release. Between his end-of-season implosion, 4.33 ERA in 54 appearances, and inability to have an unvoiced thought, his trade value was about as good as that box of stale raisins your kid will try to trade for a Kit Kat tomorrow. Was this a trick or a treat? That depends on which side of the table you’re sitting on.
In other roster moves today, the Indians resigned Jason Giambi to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to major league Spring Training camp. If memory serves, that’s the same contract he had last year when he improbably made the club, wormed his way into our hearts, and gave hope to aging Gen Xers everywhere.
The Indians also acquired LHP Colt Hynes from the San Diego Padres today for cash considerations. Hynes is 28 and made his major league debut last season. He spent the first half of 2013 bouncing between AA San Antonio and AAA Tucson where he went a combined 2-0 with 4 saves and a 1.52 ERA in 41 relief appearances. He made his major league debut on July 13, 2013, and clearly got knocked around a bit. In 22 relief outings (17 IP), he had a 9.00 ERA. However, he limited left-handed batters toa .156 average against. So it looks like his role may already be defined.