MLB News: Kazmir, Giambi, Raburn make Indians roster

As expected, the Indians made some decisions and announcements this afternoon as it pertains to their Opening Day 25-man roster. The team’s official Twitter account broke some of the nuances, none of which were all that surprising based on existing predictions.

Notably: LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Carlos Carrasco, LHP Nick Hagadone, RHP Bryan Shaw, 1B/DH Jason Giambi and IF/OF Ryan Raburn all officially will be on the team’s roster. Technically, Carrasco will be serving a six-game suspension at the start of the year, so the Tribe will be down to 24 men.

The fact that Kazmir and Carrasco might both make the team was not news today. Because of Carrasco’s suspension, and the fact the Indians start the season with 13 straight gamedays, it was thought that the front office might decide to roster 6 starters. This also delays the eventuality of deciding who might be the No. 5 starter long-term, as Kazmir had the better spring, but both haven’t pitched much since 2011.

On the position player side of things, both Giambi and Raburn were expected to land near-final 25-man nods. Along with C Lou Marson, these three beat out IF Cord Phelps and C Yan Gomes, who both were sent down to Triple-A Columbus.

The last decision remaining is for one final reliever on the roster. The two most likely candidates are RHP Matt Albers and LHP David Huff.

Finally, the @Indians added one vital caveat to these tweets today: “barring injury.” That’s almost the entire for now and we’ll see for certain if anything changes between now and next Tuesday, when the Tribe open the season in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

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  • LaundroMat

    “Finally, the @Indians added
    one vital caveat to these tweets today: “barring injury.” That’s the
    roster for now and we’ll see for certain if anything changes between now
    and next Tuesday, when the Tribe open the season in Toronto against the
    Blue Jays.”

    This is something that actually goes without saying, but yet it is said so frequently…

  • Kildawg

    Thought Huff was told he didn’t make it and Albers did. Carrasco is rostered for the DL’d Giambi.

  • FearTheRoo

    Surprised they kept Giambi. Thought I heard he was having a very bad spring training. Must be for the veteran leadership?

  • ThatAlex

    He had a decent enough spring for the part-time role he’s going to have. He was one of the Indians leaders in homers this spring, he still has some power to his bat.