Friday, February 20, 2009
Goodbye Andy Marte, Hello Juan Salas
The Indians designated one time top prospect and long time disappointment Andy Marte for assignment yesterday, making room for reliever Juan Salas, acquired in a trade that sent minor league utility man Isaias Velasquez to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The release of Marte was not a very surprising move, as he has used up multiple opportunities, showing nothing that would make anybody believe he can hit at the major league level. He burned through all of his options in the last 4 years (between ATL and CLE), and was left in a position where even a great spring would be unlikely to get him a spot on the roster. The odds of finding a trading partner for him are about the same as Rickey Henderson finding himself a spot on an MLB roster, so he will probably wind up on waivers. If no other teams claim him (given his youth and supposed power, it's hard to imagine that nobody will), he will wind up back in Spring training and find his way onto the bench in Columbus.
As for Jaun Salas, he's a 30 year old righty with a good cutter, and no secondary pitches. He will most likely wind up in Columbus, as he has one option left, and be one of the first pitchers in the mix to get a Cleveland bullpen spot at some point in 2009. It is hard to imagine him having much of an impact, being a 30 year old with a one pitch arsenal.