The Indians brought back another veteran depth piece on Saturday morning, reacquiring utility man Adam Rosales from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations.
The 35-year-old signed with the Twins just ahead of spring training and went to camp on a non-roster invitation, but he did not head to Minnesota when the regular season started. He was released in the final week of spring training, but instead, the eleven-year big league veteran re-signed with the team and reported to Triple-A Rochester.
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Countdown to Opening Day – 32 days
Last season, Adam Rosales made his return to the Majors in September, working in 13 games for the Tribe at all four infield spots to let the heavily used stars of the team catch a bit of a breather before the postseason. Like Rosales’ stay with the Indians, Cleveland’s postseason experience in 2018 was extremely brief.
In taking the field in the number 32, Rosales became the 50th player in Tribe history to wear the number. He is now in camp with the Minnesota Twins on a non-roster invitation, while the Indians have outfielder Trayce Thompson at their Goodyear complex on a similar deal while wearing the 32 himself.
The Indians turned a tight 1-0 game into an eleven-run lead with a season-high ten-run inning in the seventh on Friday night on the way to a 14-6 win over the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium.
For six innings, the Indians and Royals were locked into a pitchers’ duel, with only a Jason Kipnis homer on the scoreboard. That all changed in the seventh inning, as the Indians took their third look at Kansas City right-hander Ian Kennedy and launched pitch after pitch in the frame all over the yard on the way to a season-best performance and the run support that starter Mike Clevinger deserved.
Corey Kluber pitched seven innings of shutout, four-hit baseball, and the offense used four late runs to back their starter to his 20th win of the season and the team’s 17th shutout of the campaign in a 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
The reigning Cy Young winner pitched nearly stress-free baseball from the southside of Chicago in the series opener with the White Sox, despite slow moving run support. Kluber worked seven shutout frames, striking out eleven batters and walking just one to go with the four hits that he surrendered to win 20 games for the first time in his career while becoming the first Indians pitcher to do so since Cliff Lee won 22 in 2008. The offense awoke with a pair of homers late and used three runs in the ninth inning to pad what was at the time a one-run advantage. In a flashback to better bullpen days, both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen worked perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts to wrap up the evening with 17 straight White Sox batters retired by the Tribe pitching staff.
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.