Marte designated as Tribe trades for Salas

Well, you knew the Andy Marte Era would come to an end sooner or later here in camp, and it didn’t take long.

The Indians traded for RHP Juan Salas today, sending Minor League INF Isaias Velasquez to the Rays.

Salas, 30, was designated for assignment by the Rays on Friday. He spent most of last season with Triple-A Durham, going 4-5 with a 2.62 ERA and one save in 28 appearances. He also made five appearances for the Rays, giving up five runs over 6 1/3 innings over two stints.

Salas has spent his entire career with the Rays. He’s made a total of 47 appearances over the last three years, going 1-1 with a 4.44 ERA in 52 2/3 innings.

To make room for Salas, the Indians designated Marte — their former “third baseman of the future.” Marte never got his bat going in the big leagues. The Tribe will have 10 days to trade him, release him or outright him. Perhaps this will be Marte’s opportunity to get another chance elsewhere. We shall see.

As for Velasquez, he was on the Indians’ short-season rookie ball squad in Mahoning Valley last year. He batted .281 with a homer, 10 doubles, a triple and 18 RBIs in 64 games for the Scrappers.

UPDATE: Salas, a converted third baseman, tested positive for performance-enhancers in 2007 and missed all of Spring Training last year because of visa issues in the Dominican. The Indians like his live arm and the fact that he has an option left. He’ll compete for the open bullpen spot. 

13 Comments

Bye-Bye Marte! Actually surprised it happened so soon into camp though.

Finally. I feel bad saying that but he was just not working out.
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

Sorry Andy…it’s not you, it’s me.

Get out of bumtown, you no-talent bum!

Andy – sorry – we weren’t that into you

You know, he is probably just as happy as we are. Maybe another club will be the right place for him and just might possibly give him the boost that he needs to get his bat moving. Obviously, we weren’t the right place for him.

Myranda

andy – will hit at some point … somewere !

Wow, we tried so hard to trade for Marte when he was with Boston. I would not have thought he would become a bust, but he is still young and can pull himself together and still have a decent career…somewhere else.

You guys will like Juan Salas. He has a awesome cutter and is a strike-throwing guy. He had a rough patch in 2008, testing positive for a substance in a powder that was bought at the GNC store……….but he bought it after the list went out……his own error admittance. He is another of those Dominican players who has had the government checking his Visa sideways and backwards for irregularities every year.

But he was on the way to becoming a consistent relief pitcher. He throws hard and is a very likeable guy that the fans will enjoy seeing smile. He could be a great addition down the road for the Indians.

Rays Renegade

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Finally Sandy Alomar’s number is not used by a bench warmer.

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He is another of those Dominican players who has had the government checking his Visa sideways and backwards for irregularities every year.But he was on the way to becoming a consistent relief pitcher. He throws hard and is a very likeable guy that the fans will enjoy seeing smile. He could be a great addition down the road for the Indians.000-118 \ 70-681

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