Clevelinks: Josh Outman Trade Completed; Cleveland Indians Prospect Suspended

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The Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees have completed the Josh Outman trade, and Tribe prospect Brian Ruiz is suspended for PEDs

Back on the 28th of August last season, the Indians sent Josh Outman to the Yankees for cash, and a Yankees team source told Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees Blog that the deal has been finalized, with the Indians receiving cash and not a minor league player. The finalization of this ends the potential of Outman’s underwhelming tenure with the Indians being redeemed through a future player. While the lefty pitched to a low 3.28 ERA across 24.2 innings, his FIP of 5.24 looks upon his work with less optimism. Outman struggled with control during this time, walking 16 batters compared to the 24 strikeouts.

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The players leading to the acquisition of Outman is quite lengthy. In December of 2013, the Indians sent Drew Stubbs to the Colorado Rockies for Outman. Stubbs came to Cleveland as part of the trade that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, the same trade that fetched the Tribe Trevor Bauer and Bryan Shaw. Acquiring Choo cost the Indians Ben Broussard, whom the Indians acquired for Russell Branyan back in 2002. Branyan would return to the Indians four more times, the latest being a minor league deal in August of last season. He would only reach the majors once, however, during those four returns.

In other news, Indians outfield prospect Brian Ruiz received an 80 game suspension for PEDs. The former Lincoln West star tested positive for performance enhancing metabolites. While this is his first offense, this is still a sad moment for the Indians farm system. Performance enhancing drugs are well known for doing just that, enhancing one’s performance, but they are less well known for the health risks that they pose. Aside from the hormonal problems PED use can cause, it is also dangerous for the cardiovascular system. Steroids can cause changes in lipoprotein levels, and can in turn lead and increase of the risk of heart attack and strokes (source).

More from around the AL Central:

Gavin Floyd: Mistake Signing or Best Bargain? – Wahoo’s on First

Prospect Brian Ruiz Suspended 80 Games – Wahoo’s on First

Why Adam Eaton Will Be an All-Star in 2015 – Southside Showdown

Power Rankings: Nationals take top spot – Sports Illustrated

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