August 26, 2014

Joe Borowski: He Gone

In a move that appears to be long overdue:

CLEVELAND, OH — The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has recalled RHP JENSEN LEWIS & RHP BRIAN SLOCUM from AAA Buffalo.   To make room for Lewis and Slocum the club has designated RHP JOE BOROWSKI & RHP RICK BAUER for assignment.

This will at least give Mark Shapiro and company 1o days to figure out what to do with the same guy who managed to save 40+ games last season.  Can the trade market be very strong at this point?  He is just fresh off of another blown save.  If no one offers anything for him, he’ll likely be placed on waivers.

Good riddance?

Andy Marte: Brandon Phillips 2.0?

Andy MarteMy feelings towards what Brandon Phillips has done since his departure down Route 71 couldn’t be more apparent over the course of the last several weeks.  For the last few years, I’ve sat back and hoped that the kid that never seemed to progress in Cleveland was just a fluke in Cincinnati.  I mean, he was once one of the top prospects in the bigs and was the key compensation in the trade of Bartolo Colon - you know, the one that also brought along Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore?  Yes, that one.

But Phillips, how could he do so well in Triple-A but not at the next level?  In 2004, Phillips hit .303 with 34 doubles, and eight home runs while stealing 14 bases.  But when he came up to Cleveland for the end of the season, we barely saw an average over .200 with six total home runs in three separate stints.  He obviously wasn’t going to mature into the player everyone had assumed. 

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