Spilborghs Joins Jimenez, Tribe

While not official, it looks like the Indians have agreed to sign Ryan Spilborghs to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training according to a tweet by MLB’s Jordan Bastian.  Spilly was non-tendered in December after a rough season, posting a .210/.283/.305 line in 223 PA’s.

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jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

I think Spilly was one of the best players to the fans – we sat down the right field line for several games over the years and after warming up he is the one that always came over and signed stuff for kids, etc…i will miss him…

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I agree. He was always good about throwing balls into the stands after pre-inning warm-ups. I almost never saw other players do that.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I’ll miss him too. Its a shame a Spilly/Smith platoon never worked out.

With that, if I am not mistaken, Tulo and Helton are left as the only players from the 2007 WS team, not just from the 25 man roster but the 40 man roster too.

5 years and 38 players later……just wow.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

And the sad thing is this wasn’t a “fire sale” or a complete overall through trades. Aside from Jimenez and Holliday almost every player was either cut for a loss or traded for very minimal return.

Has that ever happened to a team in the WS like that? At least the Marlins and Rays get good returns when they lose parts.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Prog,loving the home button-return to top of page trick you gave me in another thread.Thanks.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Right on Gary. Glad it helped.

egossage
egossage
8 years ago

I guess the Rockies just traded Slowey for a guy I’ve never heard of. I don’t get this team.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
8 years ago
Reply to  egossage

Putnam – Zach Putnam. Baseball Prospectus ranks him as the #20 player in the Indians organization – and say he’s ready for the big leagues as a 7th-8th inning guy this season.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Slowey AND CASH according to twitter. Lots seems to be happening today if you listen to twitter. Saw Brad Hawpe went to the Rangers.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Well I’m glad the SP thinning is occuring already, but yeah never heard of this guy. Who did we trade for Slowey again?

Wayne
Wayne
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Someone in the Rockies system no one ever heard of.

Tony
Tony
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne

Daniel Turpen went to the Twins in December for Slowey

Neil
Neil
8 years ago

Now we’re dealing for Scutaro?

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Neil

Yes according the the stuff flying around twitter

Deep Purple
Deep Purple
8 years ago

Here’s some info on Putnam from a couple of years ago:

http://www.indiansprospectinsider.com/2010/03/indians-top-50-17-zach-putnam.html

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

for those that want to follow what’s happening with Scutaro just follow Renck on twitter

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Finally something that makes me smile. Before we left ITR I had posted about about Scutaro. I was really hoping for it to happen back then and figured it was a dead deal. Yes he is 35 and yes he will have to adjust to 2nd base. I’m sure there will be those, just as I was/am skeptical about Cuddyer, that will be skeptical about Scutaro. I think it will work out…

Alex Colfax
Alex Colfax
8 years ago

And now the Scutaro deal seems to be dead. Red Sox need him to play shortstop.

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

What i think is very funny about the “red sox need him at short” is – didn’t the Red Sox realize when they started talking a trade that they would need someone at short? They didn’t just all of the sudden go, “oh wait, Scutaro, isn’t he our shortstop???” Why would that be the reason for talks to stop instead of them not starting at all? I really wish it would go through because A. DOD making a trade this… Read more »

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Jaredean, I had the same thought. BTW, does anyone know who we were going to give up for Scutaro?

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

According to the Boston Herald (http://tinyurl.com/7kvhmkv):

“the talks fizzled after the Rockies decided they did not want to take on Scutaro’s $6 million salary and the Red Sox realized they did not really have a suitable backup to Scutaro to play shortstop.”

So, it seems like we wouldn’t be giving up a player, most likely just taking his contract so they had more money to get Oswalt (which the article also mentions)…

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I wonder if throwing in Jonny Herrera could have solved that. I know he’s not the typical offense that the Sox look for, but they are so flush everywhere that having a defensive SS would be good for them.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

See my comment on the Slowey trade thread. If O’Dowd dumped Smith, Stewart, and Slowey to free up salary space to get Scutaro, this is a positive. Getting Scutaro ain’t exactly getting Pujols, but our second base situation is so horrid that it would count as major for me.

But I wouldn’t count on it.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Miss you Spilly-you made baseball fun,like it was when we were kids.

Rich M
Rich M
8 years ago

Just intuitively thinking about salary numbers for 2012, it seems to me that the Rockies are now about $10m under what they spent in salaries for the 2011 season. Also from the various reports that I have read, it seems to me that the Rockies and DanO have no intention of spending that extra money in 2012 – at least until the trade deadline and only if the team is in contention for a playoff spot at that time. Bottom… Read more »

Mellow_Nomah
Mellow_Nomah
8 years ago

While Spilly certainly made valuable contributions during his stay here (remember that walk-off grand slam a couple of years ago?) I will miss his role as the resident goofball-in-chief. I think he went a long way in making a 162-game season bearable for his colleagues. I hope he returns to the starting lineup in Clevland and returns to hitting as we’ve seem him do in the past. He’s a good guy, and I hope we’ve not seen the last of… Read more »

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