A Brief History Lesson for Cleveland Indians’ Front Office Haters

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Zach McAllister

acquired from the New York Yankees for OF Austin Kearns

Talk about adding pitching depth for no cost.

In July 2010, the Tribe acquired another impact arm as a player to be named later in the deal that sent Kearns to New York. At the time of the move, McAllister was the fifth best pitcher in the Yankees’ farm system. Fetching a prospect of that caliber in return for an aging and unproductive veteran was a huge win for the Tribe.

While McAllister never panned out as a starter, the native Midwesterner has found a home in the Indians’ bullpen. He is 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 35.1 innings as a relief pitcher this season while limiting hitters to a .226 average against him. Still just 27 years old, McAllister has a promising career ahead of him in the Indians bullpen.

Kearns, on the other hand, was out of the league after the 2013 season. He returned to Cleveland for the 2011 season before joining the Miami Marlins for the final two seasons of his career.

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