Clevelinks: Cleveland Indians sign Carlos Marmol; Series Preview; Minor Leagues


The Cleveland Indians signed Carlos Marmol to a minor league deal; Twins series preview; and a visit to the Columbus Clippers

Yesterday, the Cleveland Indians inked Carlos Marmol to a minor league deal. Marmol last appeared in the big leagues last season with the Marlins, and he pitched 13.1 innings of baseball to the tune of a 8.10 ERA. The primary struggle for Marmol has always been his command, and he has averaged 6.16 walks per nine innings over his career. He has, however, shown at times to be a good reliever, posting back-to-back 30+ save seasons with sub 3.6 FIPs. This is a classic low-risk, high-reward style signing.

The Tribe’s bullpen has been league average this season, which is neither a good nor a bad thing. The bullpen’s ERA, strikeout differential, and fWAR have all been middle-of-the-pack stats; however, the Tribe is 5th in the AL in bullpen strikeout percentage. Signing Marmol makes sense for a team with playoff aspirations that lacks a solid ‘pen.

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Wahoo’s on First’s own Jeff Mount recently attended a Columbus Clippers game, and he decided to share his thoughts on the team and the minor league experience. Among his thoughts are comments on the time-limit system, Twitter feeds, umpires, and player performances.

Brian Heise previewed the Tribe’s series against the Minnesota Twins. With the Tribe finally showing the potential to score runs, the Cleveland Indians could get back on track with a couple of good showings. Click here for more in-depth analysis of the series.

Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded former Cleveland Indian Matt Carson to the Oakland Athletics. The details of the transaction have yet to be released, but it is assumed that the Dodgers will receive cash in return. Carson, 33, appeared in 20 games for the Tribe back in 2013. Across those games he slashed .636/.692/.909; although his abnormally high 40% line drive rate probably had a lot to do with that success. Carson has spent this year on the Dodger’s Triple-A team, and has really struggled with a wRC+ of just 48.

More from around the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians in Process of Signing Carlos Marmol to Minor League Deal – Wahoo’s on First

Cleveland Indians: Columbus Clippers Game Observations – Wahoo’s on First

Series Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians – Wahoo’s on First

Twins vs. Indians: 3 Players to Watch – Puckett’s Pond

‘Bauer hit hard as Tribe lose again’ – Wahoo’s on First

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