The home woes continued for the Columbus Clippers this week as their roster is light several of its steady contributors in recent seasons.
At 16-19, the Clippers are just a game and a half behind the first place Toledo Mud Hens and a game in back of the second place Indianapolis Indians in the International League’s West Division, despite a shaky start. They have played the second-fewest home games in the IL this season, with just a dozen contests at Huntington Park this season, but that could be a good thing as they have gone 3-9 when playing hosts.
The Columbus Clippers have now lost five straight series, dating back to their three-game sweep of Indianapolis from April 10-12, and have fallen to 9-14 on the 2017 season.
Despite the rough opening month of the season, the Clippers are just three and a half games behind the Toledo Mud Hens in the International League West Division. The division has struggled as a whole, as only the Mud Hens are above the .500 mark to start the season. The Clippers are tied with the Louisville Bats and are a game and a half in front of the last place Indians, who are 7-15 to start the season.
After several days of speculation, the Cleveland Indians formally announced on Tuesday morning that the club had come to terms with free agent first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello on a minor league contract with a non-roster invite to spring training.
The 33-year-old Colabello could provide the Indians with a veteran first base option behind Carlos Santana. Currently, the team has only Jesus Aguilar on the 40-man roster at the position, with last year’s primary first baseman Mike Napoli a free agent. The team has been linked to several potential big money free agent first basemen this offseason, but the addition of Colabello could soften the blow in the event that those players opt to sign elsewhere.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet tweeted that the contract includes an opt out, and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman has reported similarly on Twitter that Colabello can opt out of the contract on June 1 if not on the 25-man roster.