Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Joe Martinez?

1/5/11: NOTE: I just read a blog that indicated that possibly this is a 'pre-compensation' so that the Pirates can retain Josh Rodriguez who they took from the Indians in the Rule 5 draft.  If that is what this is then it is a stupid move but a typical one for the Indians.  If they don't like a guy or have a negative impression of a guy they will give him away essentially for nothing (see Ryan Church, Willy Taveras, Macier Izturis and Luke Scott a while back and Brandon Phillips more recently).  Not that other teams don't do that (see Brendan Ryan formerly of the Cardinals who was recently given away for essentially nothing).  Josh Rodriguez is worth more to the rebuilding Indians then a dime-a-dozen lefty like Martinez.  Yeah, if they were competing, the Indians thought Rodriguez was NOT a SS and so was 3rd on their minor league depth chart as a secondbaseman, I could even have seen them trading Rodriguez for Martinez, especially with Shapiro still around.  However, I believe that Rodriguez is underrated and, if you were going to do a pre-compensation situation, get back a prospect about the same level as Rodriguez, not an irrelevant major leaguer.

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?

Fausto Carmona
Carlos Carrasco
Kelvin De La Cruz
Jeanmar Gomez
 Nick Hagadone
Frank Herrmann
David Huff
Josh Judy
Corey Kluber
Aaron Laffey
Jensen Lewis
Joe Martinez
Justin Masterson
Zach McAllister
Rafael Perez
Chris Perez
Hector Rondon
Tony Sipp
Joe Smith
Mitch Talbot
Jess Todd
Josh Tomlin
Lou Marson
Carlos Santana                                            
Asdrubal Cabrera                                        
Jason Donald                                               
Jared Goedert                                              
Matt LaPorta                                     
Jayson Nix                                        
Luis Valbuena                                              
 Michael Brantley                                           
Jordan Brown                                               
Ezequiel Carrera                                          
Shin-Soo Choo                                            
Trevor Crowe                                    
Shelley Duncan                                            
Austin Kearns                                               
 Grady Sizemore                                           
Nick Weglarz                                    
Designated Hitter                                      
Travis Hafner                                    

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