Cleveland Indians Misfortune Examined, Mike Aviles’ Mess, Michael Martinez Added, & Raffy Perez Signs With Mariners
The Cleveland Indians fall from grace after the 2007 season was ugly and there was a lot of blame to go around. There was the failure to draft and develop players (Michael Aubrey, David, Huff, Jeremy Sowers, Beau Mills) as well as injuries (Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore) that reduced the trade return for these assets to zero.
Additionally, we found out that Fausto Carmona wasn’t the pitcher he was in 2007 in more ways than one when it was revealed that he was using a false identity.
His real name was Roberto Hernandez and after completing his paperwork and serving a brief suspension he returned to the team only to part ways after the 2012 season.
Kyle Downing takes a look at some of this misfortune and a lot more in his piece titled Cleveland Indians Still Hurting From Bad Luck.
Give this a read as it really puts into perspective what the Indians organization had to rebound from to get where it’s been the last two seasons.
In case you missed it the Indians announced the signing of 32 year old switch hitting utility player Michael Martinez to a minor league deal with a non-roster invitation to spring training. He spent most of the 2014 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization batting .244 (77 for 315) in 91 games with the Pirate Triple-A affiliate Indianapolis Indians. He also appeared in 26 games at the major league level playing both 2b and outfield.
From Around The AL Central
Cleveland Indians Prospect Pedigree A Proven Success? – Wahoos On First
Will Sox Reach Post-Season Through Central/Wild Card – Southside Showdown
Ervin over James – Twins May Have Done Better – Puckett’s Pond
Top 10 Tigers Trades Of The Past 25 Years – Motor City Bengals
Kansas City Royals Are Better Than The 17th Team – Kings Of Kauffman
Looks like Mike Aviles will have to find someone else to carpool with: