Both players had the ability to refuse the assignment, per Article XX(D) of the collective bargaining agreement. Belisle has accrued far more than the minimum five years of Major League service time required to refuse an outright, and Beliveau (with just over two years of service time) had been previously outrighted during his career.
Beliveau accepted his assignment and will remain with the organization. He will report to Columbus and hope that the Indians will call upon him again at some point in the season. Belisle, however, has elected free agency.
The steadily evolving bullpen for the Cleveland Indians will be down an arm on Sunday, as the team optioned right-hander Ben Taylor to Triple-A Columbus.
In a corresponding roster move, the Indians recalled outfielder Greg Allen.
The Cleveland Indians were dealt a worst case scenario in game one of their doubleheader with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, as not only did they have to go to the bullpen for five and two-thirds innings of relief in an extra inning contest, they lost one of those arms to injury.
In between game one and game two of Thursday’s doubleheader, the Indians placed right-handed reliever Nick Goody on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow injury. In a flurry of roster moves, Cleveland purchased the contract of right-hander Evan Marshall from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. To create space on the 40-man roster for Marshall, the Indians transferred righty Danny Salazar from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day list.
Coming off of one of the best starts in his professional career, Adam Plutko will get an even more memorable opportunity on Thursday as he will make his first Major League start for the Indians as the 26th man for the club during the team’s doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Manager Terry Francona announced the decision on Monday night prior to the Indians game with the Texas Rangers. He will start the nightcap of the day’s double dip.
Reliever Jack Leathersich will remain in the Indians organization after being outrighted to Triple-A Columbus on Monday.
The left-handed pitcher was designated for assignment last week when Cleveland placed All-Star reliever Andrew Miller on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and purchased the contract of Jeff Beliveau from Columbus. To create a spot on the 40-man roster for Beliveau, Leathersich was designated.
The Cleveland Indians and outfielder Melky Cabrera have agreed to a minor league contract, according to ESPN Deportes New York’s Tenchy Rodriguez and confirmed by Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Fox Sports.
A nemesis for many years, the 33-year-old Cabrera’s contract will be official pending a physical. He is expected to report to the team’s spring training facilities in Goodyear, Arizona.
When Mike Napoli signed a minor league deal with the Indians during spring training, it was thought that he could be a valuable clubhouse presence in camp and even an insurance policy if the team needed some right-handed pop or a replacement for Yonder Alonso or Edwin Encarnacion for some reason during the year.
Instead, Napoli’s season is over, and there is a chance that his career could be, too.
Free agent moves of Major League players get the majority of attention in the offseason, but plenty of role players and other prospects still hoping for a chance at a big league pay day bounce around the country when their pro contracts come to an end. A handful of Indians farmhands were on the move over the winter, with several others still unsigned.
The Baltimore Orioles came sniffing around the Tribe’s former prospects, including snatching one up through a Rule 5 claim.
The Columbus Clippers will kick off a special 2018 season on Friday night.
Huntington Park will play host to both the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11 and the Triple-A National Championship Game on September 18, putting the home of the Clippers in the spotlight for some of the biggest games in minor league baseball in 2018. This season also happens to be the tenth anniversary of the Clippers move downtown from their old digs at Cooper Stadium.
Last season, the Clippers missed the playoffs, finishing second in the International League’s West Division with a 71-71 record. The team has a lot of new faces for 2018, looking to improve upon that mark under another year of Chris Tremie’s leadership. It will be year 13 as a manager for Tremie in the Indians’ farm system, including his sixth straight season at the helm in Columbus.
Drew Maggi, an offseason addition by the Cleveland Indians who was slated to start the season at Triple-A Columbus, will instead miss the first 50 games of the 2018 regular season for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the commissioner’s office announced on Wednesday night.
Tuesday proved to be a busy day for the Cleveland Indians on the final day of spring training as the team traded away one camp roster candidate and added three players to the depth at Triple-A Columbus in three other moves.
Rob Refsnyder, previously claimed off of waivers by the Indians from the Toronto Blue Jays in November, was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. The 27-year-old utility man, who had played parts of the last three years with the New York Yankees before being traded to Toronto in July, was one of the players being considered for the final spot on the Indians’ roster breaking camp. That bench role instead went to outfielder Brandon Guyer, who had spent much of the spring slowed while recovering from offseason wrist surgery and was thought to be a candidate for a disabled list trip to start the year.
Refsnyder hit .191 with a .298 on-base percentage in the spring for the Indians with two doubles, two homers, and seven RBI in 26 games.
In addition to the Refsnyder trade, the Indians also announced the acquisition of three players, including one face quite familiar to the organization.
With ten days until the start of the regular season, the Cleveland Indians made their biggest camp cuts of the spring on Monday as eleven players were optioned, reassigned, or released by the club. The moves lowered the team’s spring training population at the Goodyear complex from 50 residents to 39.
Most of the moves were expected, but a pair were much more significant to the makeup of things come March 29 when the season kicks off. Yandy Diaz and prospects Eric Haase and Eric Stamets were optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Offseason additions Brandon Barnes, Preston Claiborne, Stephen Fife, and Neil Ramirez, in addition to returning minor leaguers Cameron Hill and Richie Shaffer, were reassigned to minor league camp. Veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan and outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr. were given their releases from their previously agreed upon minor league deals to search for jobs elsewhere.
Diaz and Upton were the most significant moves of the day.