Indians trade for Abreu

The Indians and Rays have completed a trade of relievers. Triple-A right-hander John Meloan has been sent to the Rays in exchange for right-hander Winston Abreu, who will slot into the Tribe’s big-league bullpen in the coming days.  

The 32-year-old Abreu has made 35 appearances in the Majors with the Orioles, Nationals and Rays since 2006, compiling an 0-1 record and 6.43 ERA. He pitched in the Japanese Pacific League in 2008.

Abreu, a fastball/slider pitcher, made two appearances for the Rays this year, allowing a run on three hits with two walks and tree strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He was called up from Triple-A Durham on June 14 and designated for assignment last week.

Abreu, a native of the Dominican Republic, has spent the bulk of his season at Durham, where he went 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA in 23 appearances. He’s walked 10 and struck out 49 in 32 innings.

Meloan was acquired in the trade that sent Casey Blake to the Dodgers last season and converted to relief work. He’s posted a 5.52 ERA in 25 appearances this season and has been passed by on multiple bullpen moves.

A corresponding roster move to get Abreu on the 25-man roster will be announced when he officially joins the club.

A couple other notes today:

SEEING STARS: Three members of the Columbus Clippers will represent the International League at the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will take place July 15 in Portland, Ore.

Catcher Wyatt Toregas and infielders Jordan Brown and Andy Marte were picked from the Clippers’ roster. Toregas has always been solid behind the plate, but now he’s also batting .288 with an .808 OPS.

Brown and Marte have had strong seasons after being removed from the Indians’ 40-man roster. Brown is batting .326 with an .886 OPS, and Marte is batting .319 with an .878 OPS.

BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY: Regarding the Sports Illustrated poll in which Eric Wedge received 4 percent of the vote when players around MLB were asked which manager they’d least like to play for, it has come to my attention that Wedge also received 4 percent of the vote when players were asked which manager they’d most like to play for. It should also be noted that players could not vote for their own manager in either anonymous survey.

~AC

37 Comments

So we trade a guy with much upside (Meloan) and get a guy with a 6.00 ERA in the big leagues? Wow, what is Mark thinking here?

I don’t like this at all, plain and simple. With our bullpen woes and despite his numbers I am shocked that Meloan didn’t get a shot. You said it cantonguy, upside and youth that was worked over by the Dodgers versus a 32 year old journeyman

Yeah, this looks like the kind of move you make to win NOW. Um, Shapiro has to look at the standings SOMETIME, right?
With our lack of relieve pitching, sending Meloan down to AA would seem smarter — let him get better down there and then bring him back up to AAA.
Not unlike rehabbing Jake Westbrook, we have a whole lot of time now, and we should take advantage of that. It’s the only upside to this awful season.

Just a terrible move. You don’t get Meloan fixed in three months, so he’s done? Terrible.

It seems to me that Shapiro is still making moves to try to get the fans to believe this club is built to win this year. What other motivation is there for this move? Two pitchers that have basically identical bad stats, but we trade away the young one who still has time on his side for the journeyman.

Maybe Wedge has developed one of his grudges against Meloan, and Shapiro realized it would be better to get something in return rather than see one of his players rot on Wedge’s bench like Garko and Barfield.

Maybe Meloan wasn’t enough of a grinder.

I don’t think Wedge had any kind of contact with Meloan.
It’s easy to blame Wedge for a lot of things, but this appears to be entirely a Shapiro move.

I’m guessing that none of us have ever seen Meloan pitch while the Indians’ brass have. I’m guessing that they didn’t see any potential in him. Remember, we got Meloan and Carlos Santana, clearly the A1 prospect in the deal, for Casey Blake for two months.

I suspect that we didn’t get hosed in this deal.

It appears that the Clippers are going with a multiple reliever game today (which they do fairly regularly, since they keep having their starters taken away). Did anyone happen to notice who the first reliever is? I don’t know much about Brian Grening, other than the fact that he was hat Mahoning Valley (A) and made TWO whole appearances for Akron this year, and is now in Columbus!
His numbers after those two appearances were great, but this is such an amazing example of how desperate for relief pitching our organization is. Just FOUR innings of shut out work in Akron got him promoted to Columbus! I wonder what kind of damage we could end up doing to a kid like that by pushing him through the system before he’s ready.
Thank god they moved Rondon back to the rotation, or else he’d probably be in the majors by now, with an ERA of 17, and mental problems akin to Perez and Carmona.

This losing streak is tough for any of us to bare. Please bring up some of the young players and see if they can play. This team clearly lacks enthusiasm and seems to have quit on the season. I for one will not be going to any games other than the tickets I unfortunately had purchased before the season, unless they bring up Marte, Brown, Laporta and Brantley. I am sick of Peralta, Francisco, Hafner etc….

LaPorta with a grand slam in the first for Columbus today.

Too bad I can’t watch the game on STO, I mean who cares about our minor league teams when we have “Beer Money”, right?

“Abreu…made two appearances for the Rays this year, allowing a run on three hits with two walks and tree strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.”
So he can strike out trees, big deal. Trees just stand there and only swing if there’s a very strong breeze. All this means is that he has the ability to throw the ball over the…

Oh.
Now I think I see why Shapiro made this trade.

The headline grabbed my attention, but somehow I knew it wouldn’t be for Bobby…

So does this mean Santana is going to be traded tomorrow for Paul Bako? Let the guys you have suffer rather than making a bonehead move. This is almosts as good as the gem of Max Ramirez for Kenny Lofton. A few more of these and Cleveladn fans will get their wish.

I don’t think this is going to end well. I mean, I guess, realistically, the majority of the Indians fans aren’t going anywhere, but with the performance they have shown this year, the places they won’t be going, includes Progressive Field. I just feel like it’s inevitable that Wedge will be let go, whether it is at the break, end of the year, or next season, and the longer it is put off, the more fans are going to become upset, disgruntled, and stop giving money to this team. I get it, 100%— I don’t know how to run a baseball team. Whoopty doo. But I imagine part of running a team includes having the guts to stand tough when the time is right, and the ba–s to fire your buddy when the time is right. I don’t know how people can watch this team over the past 15 games, and still feel like Wedge has this team together, that he is inspiring them, or has their ears. I understand the injuries, but I also watch this team play. And if Mark Shapiro wants to alienate more and more fans, than by all means, he is the boss, he knows how to run a baseball team, right? So keep Wedge. But don’t complain when the fans calling for it weeks to months earlier, don’t come rushing back to the turnstiles when it finally does happen. And it will.

Simply put – a brutal trade that reeks of desperation.

Well done boys.

Ha ha, the Blue Jays just called up David Dellucci. He was hitting .317 in 16 games 3 HR and 9 RBI for Triple-A Las Vegas. All the best David.

As for Meloan, I thought he could have used a FULL season coming out of the bullpen after the Dodgers tinkered with him as a starter last year. It was a little confusing as to why he was passed up so many times this year given our bullpen troubles (and/or refusal to send down Jensen Lewis) so AC is quite accurate with that assessment.

At the time we acquired Meloan he had 335 strikeouts in 262 2/3 innings pitched. Those are staggering numbers to simply give up on after 3 months this season but as the dejecters have said, not many of us have seen him pitch this year so perhaps we commenters are missing something.

Additionally, I would like to throw my support behind Grady Sizemore having his elbow surgery now, get totally healthy for 2010 and therefore let the LaPorta and Brantley train run rampant in Cleveland. I don’t care if those two hit .250. They gain invaluable experience with little or no pressure. Make it happen, Mark. Because NO ONE is going to care when you fall 20 games below .500.

another trade? well i just hope we’re not done dealing.

i would be shopping garko, francisco, shoppach, and jhonny peralta. pavano and carroll are givens with their contracts done this year.

whiff king, shoppach could still bring some return. he’s solid defensively and someone might think his power stroke could return. catchers are always in demand. i’d bring up wyatt toregas to share catching duties with victor and sometimes gimenez.

garko is what he is. i’d rather take a look at 2 time minor league mvp jordan brown who’s having a stellar year at AAA.

peralta looks lethargic at 3rd and lost at the plate. he has to realize his days at short are over when he looks over and sees both cabrera and valbuena making plays and covering ground he never could. i would give andy marte another shot at 3rd. he also is on fire at AAA and he’s still only 25 years old.

francisco might be the toughest to move. he’s not hitting, but we don’t have anyone else to spell sore elbowed grady in center. trevor crowe failed miserably in his ‘audition’.

many frequently mention laporta and brantley in the same breath. understandable seeing as we got both of them in the CC trade. thing is brantley is considerably younger. i would leave him right where he is to develop. no need to start his ‘service clock’ now. laporta on the other hand will be 25 on his next b-day. time to see what he’s got. 3 months of major league exposure would help his future.

think we all agree that this season is done. would like to take a look at what we might have to look forward to. trading some of our stagnant parts would be necessary to clear the path.

Yeah, I think almost all of us agree the season is done. But with this recent move, it seems one person has not got that memo yet. And that man is Mark Shapiro. And I thought I was optimistic and holding on to hope too long this year, apparently Shapiro thinks we still have that run in is. I don’t want to do the math, but I would love to know what our win % needs to be, and all the other teams in the division, from here on out to make it happen. It would be one thing if we were all healthy today, but we will have an injured Sizemore all year it sounds like, a fragile Hafner,… And Laffey, Carmona, Westbrook, Bentancourt, S. Lewis, etc. all have some time before they will be back. Maybe Shapiro was on vacation the last two weeks+ and doesn’t know we are 2-13 in our last 15.

P.S. Average attendance for series we just finished with White Sox = 15,720

Apparently Shapiro was displeased with Meloan’s June numbers, 2.70 ERA over 13 innings. If the guy they traded for was designated for assignment, couldn’t they have likely just picked him up off waivers if they don’t make this seemingly idiotic trade? This was a weird move, but not as weird as Gimenez continuing to be on the team instead of Jordan Brown … I can’t remember a year where this team’s made so many blatantly illogical moves. There’s no excuse to not have Laporta and Brown on the team now, and really they should probably move Peralta for another relief pitching prospect, preferably someone younger than 32, and give Marte one last chance … this is the first time I’ve seen Marte put up good numbers in the minors, maybe something has finally clicked with him

Apparently Shapiro was displeased with Meloan’s June numbers, 2.70 ERA over 13 innings. If the guy they traded for was designated for assignment, couldn’t they have likely just picked him up off waivers if they don’t make this seemingly idiotic trade? This was a weird move, but not as weird as Gimenez continuing to be on the team instead of Jordan Brown … I can’t remember a year where this team’s made so many blatantly illogical moves. There’s no excuse to not have Laporta and Brown on the team now, and really they should probably move Peralta for another relief pitching prospect, preferably someone younger than 32, and give Marte one last chance … this is the first time I’ve seen Marte put up good numbers in the minors, maybe something has finally clicked with him

Laffey (and Betancourt?) to pitch today for Columbus. Carmona to pitch on Sunday!
I swear to god, I think Shapiro really believes he can salvage this season.
I’m baffled.

jam 292, francisco might be the toughest to move. he’s not hitting, but we don’t have anyone else to spell sore elbowed grady in center. trevor crowe failed miserably in his ‘audition’.

Are you kidding me? I do not consider 40 something at bats and playing once a week an audition for crowe.
Francisco stinks!! 5 hr/ 23 rbis through July with 5th or 6th most at bats on team is pathetic.
Truth is, the only reason he is playing is that they traded the wrong outfielder and best defensive center fielder we had in Gutierrez. You are right he would be tough to move, they could not get a bag of baseballs for Francisco.
If they do not bring up Brantley due to his youth, then why not Crowe? Other teams had expressed interest in him early this year and if he produces they can trade him. It is not like Francisco is Kenny Lofton in center either.
They did not give Gut a chance after last year and Francisco is certainly playing any better than he was.

We need an old school manger in the dugout. Last I checked Grady Little was available.

Laffey gave up 6 in the first inning in Columbus and gave up 1 more over the next 3.
Betancourt pitched 1 scoreless, hitless inning with a walk and a K.
I REALLY like the 1-5 we have out there today, and even more once Grady’s healthy again. It’s also amazing how much better our line-up looks without Shoppach in there (and by amazing I mean obvious).
Huff’s at 87 after 5. I’d like to see him get through at least 6 today and not give up anymore runs. Three runs over six innings is a good goal for him, I think.

Herges was DFA’d to make room for Abreu.

maybe i’m wrong about crowe, sufferingtribefan. i really hope so. you are right. he didn’t have much of a chance when he was up, but what i did see was not very good. overmatched at the plate, lost in the outfield with all the wrong angles he took, and too many baserunning blunders for a guy who’s big asset is supposed to be speed. maybe he just needs to know he’ll be out there every day for say, the next 3 months. he’s 25 now and should be ready. hopefully next time he gets the call, he’ll be more relaxed and just play ball. he’s got skills. needs to chill.

we do need somebody to relieve grady in center when necessary. in my opinion, that’s the only reason why that stiff francisco is still around. i’d take that bag of balls you “offered” in a heartbeat for him. addition by subtraction.
fine with me if we handed crowe the job if it means dumping francisco. wondering how our management sees it, though.

i’d be very surprised if we brought brantley up this year. he’s only 21. full year in AAA seems necessary along with the mid-market mentality of not starting his service clock too soon. a 2-3 month call up now would cost us a full year of his prime down the road. not worth it.

maybe seattle would be willing to give us gutierrez back for both francisco and crowe. i’m still grateful to them for cabrera, valbuena, and choo. if franklin gutierrez wasn’t having a decent year like he is, i doubt seattle would ever trade with us again. i’m not forgetting the felix fermin and reggie jefferson for omar vizquel seattle handed us either. go mariners! keep developing our future talent.

Happy 4th everyone!
TribeInsider just tweeted the line-up for today:

Cabrera
Sizemore
Martinez
Choo
Hafner
Peralta
Garko
Valbuena
Francisco

It looks like Victor is catching Pavano! Very interesting…

Also, rumor has it that the Red Sox have interest in both Victor and Jhonny. Obviously, I’d like to hold on to Victor for as long as possible, but moving Jhonny would be interesting (they could use him at short or third, with Lowell hurt) if we could get an arm in return. Marte’s performance in AAA makes this an even more interesting debate.

lacf, Peralta for Clay Buchholz or Masterson?

Masterson sounds more like a deal Boston would make, utlra20 — you read my mind.

If Boston offered Masterson for Peralta, I’d hope Shapiro would make that trade in a second. Boston’d probably be getting a good deal out of it, Jhonny always hits around .300 in July. Is there any player as consistently inconsistent as Peralta? … I don’t think I’d trade Victor for either of those guys, Bucholz wasn’t very good this year, and it’s not like the Indians have a great track record with turning young guys around … does San Fran have any real good pitching prospects? They could certainly use a Victor, and certainly have enough pitching as it is. Of course I’ve actually been expecting an announcement that Victor’s going on the DL and has been badly hurt for a month, what with the .240 June avg … since he’s catching today, I guess not, he must just be demoralized

I wonder if we’d be able to tag Shoppach on to any trade with Boston, just to unload him, particularly since I don’t think they have a clear front runner to replace Veritek (that I know of, anyway).
I read that the Red Sox would prefer to deal Saito first, but there’s no way the Tribe should/would take that. Saito has no real value for us. Masterson seems like a better bet, particularly if we focus him solely on relief.
I think the biggest worm the Giants are putting on their hook is Sanchez, who would be a good addition assuming we only ever use him for relief. But we’d be really over paying by sending them Victor.
What I find interesting is the idea that, if we do deal Peralta, Marte would get the call. What would an Andy Marte return to Cleveland be like? And would we go into yet ANOTHER off season with no idea of who’s playing third next year?

sufferingtribefan and jam292, while I would have preferred the organization to deal Francisco over Gutierrez b/c of my fanhood for the latter who also has more natural talent that cannot be taught (GG defense) the Mariners severely coveted Franklin. Speaking in terms of hindsight 20/20 about trading the wrong outfielder especially given Gutierrez’s improvement (.283, 8HR, 29RBI with a .304 June average) is a lose-lose conversation. But I like the fire!

HOLY wow! Mark Shapiro just made a statement before the game today that Eric Wedge WILL finish out the rest of the season. No more questions! I guess we can end that discussion.

Making a decree like that is only delaying the inevitable. Shapiro is hoping the Wedgie second half run saves both of their jobs. Except Wedge would get fired and Shapiro would be “promoted” for Antonetti.

LACF, you are right. Shapiro believes we can salvage this season and by doing so he will rush Carmona. Simply inexplicable.

LACF, you and I have been talking about Marte for a while now. I asked AC about his status b/c the rumor was he would be involved in some sort of a transaction when Hodges’ returned to the Columbus roster. Hodges is back and Marte is still there. I think on a minuscule scale that means something. Had he been hitting .213 they would have cut him loose. I asked for Peralta to be dealt a week or so ago. I said that Peralta would be dealt by the deadline back on January 1st. I still hope that I am right with that guess.

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