According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Indians have acquired Starting Pitcher Kevin Slowey from the Colorado Rockies for Reliever Zach Putnam. Tribe fans should be familiar with Slowey from his days with the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander spent the last four plus years with the Twins and was solid until a horrific 2011 campaign where he went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA and battled injuries the entire season.
He won double figure games in the previous three seasons, including a 13-6/4.45 ERA/1.29 WHIP 2010 season where he made 28 starts.
The acquisition of Slowey tells me two things:
1. The Indians have serious concerns that Fausto Carmona/Roberto Hernandez Heredia will pitch for them this season.
2. They have less faith in Jeanmar Gomez and David Huff than I thought they had.
Nevertheless, the Tribe has brought in another Major League veteran starter for the fifth starter role. Slowey is only 28 years old and has shown to be a dependable back of the rotation arm in previous years. I think it was a shot worth taking.
Leaving Cleveland will be Putnam, who has risen through the Indians organization after being drafted by the club in 2008 out of the University of Michigan. He was 6-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in Columbus last season before getting a September callup with the Tribe where Putnam had an ERA of 6.14 in eight appearances. The Indians were dealing from a position of depth, so I don’t think they will miss Putnam in the long or short term.