I don't know if that is what this move was (probably not as Rodriguez would STILL have to clear waivers). However, if it was, it makes the move stink even more. Again, it is more likely much less than that but who knows right now. Time will tell.
The Indians just traded a PTBNL for the typical journeyman LHP Joe Martinez who, for some inexplicable reason, is now on our 40-man roster. Before anyone goes ballistic, my guess is that they will DFA the guy and just took a flyer on him getting through waivers when they did. Remember, you cannot have enough pitching...if that pitching is not clogging your 40-man roster.
As the 40-man roster now stands at 41, SOMEONE will have to be DFA'd, traded or released. Me, I would be begging for Jayson Nix or Shelly Duncan, both of whom are my deadwood whipping boys of the week now that Germano was DFA'd to the minors. If it is anyone but those two or someone else who can DFA'd without risking losing them (not 6-year professional veteran, never been DFA'd off a ML roster before) then this is a headscratcher.
My fear: Jess Todd is the PTBNL
You heard it here first if Martinez sticks: Teams who are destined to finish in last place who already have multiple LH reliever and starter options DO NOT trade for guys like Joe Martinez. No way to spin this trade posiitively unless the PTBNL is Roman Pena (read:non-descript minor leaguer) and Martinez is DFA'd (read: we don't lose anyone off the 40-man roster).
Counting Martinez, here is the current 40-man roster. Who do you think is going to be removed?
Kelvin De La Cruz