While plenty of focus has been given to the big name free agents departing the Cleveland Indians organization this offseason, there has been plenty of movement down on the farm for the club’s minor league free agent class.
The names are nowhere near as big as Carlos Santana, Bryan Shaw, and Joe Smith, who have all signed lucrative contracts in Philadelphia, Colorado, and Houston, respectively, nor are they as big as Jay Bruce, who is still testing the free agent waters while waiting for the right deal, but the moves cut into some of the existing depth in the team’s minor league system.
Earlier in the month, the Indians brought 12-year veteran reliever Craig Breslow back to the organization on a minor league contract. On Saturday, the club officially added him to the 25- and 40-man rosters to help the relief staff with the loss of Andrew Miller.
In order to get Breslow on the active roster, the Indians needed to make a pair of roster moves. Left-hander Ryan Merritt, one day after a stellar start against the Kansas City Royals, was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, recently acquired right-hander Diego Moreno was designated for assignment. Moreno had been pitching with the Columbus team after being acquired from Tampa Bay at the end of July.
The Cleveland Indians added an insurance policy to their relief staff on Saturday, claiming right-handed reliever Diego Moreno off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays. He was immediately optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
In a corresponding roster move to make room for Moreno on the 40-man roster, the Indians have transferred left-handed reliever Boone Logan to the 60-day disabled list, confirming fears about the extent of his strained lat muscle.