Traded LHRP Scott Stewart (AAA) to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a PTBNL or Cash
Just as Jeriome Robertson was banished to the hinterlands, so too is Stewart. I don't really see the rush to deal Stewart unless a real prospect is coming back in return. Scott had by all accounts been pitching much better in Buffalo, and given the Tribe had been without a regular left-hander in the bullpen most of the season, why cut bait now? Rick White was "designatable," so I don't think a 40-man roster spot was that big an issue. Eric Wedge dropped a few hints here that the FO thought Stewart was beyond usefulness, implying that they liked Cliff Bartosh better, but still I don't think you should give up on him this quickly.
Optioned LHRP Cliff Bartosh to Buffalo (AAA)
Ah, the life of a marginal bullpen pitcher. Since the Indians have had to use their bullpen liberally the past two days, they needed a fresh arm, and Cliff drew the short straw again. He'll be back.
Recalled RHRP Fernando Cabrera to Cleveland (MLB Debut)
He's one of the more underappreciated prospects in the system, and he can help the team right now. After an awful first six weeks in Buffalo, Fernando has really clicked in the bullpen. According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, Cabrera has an ERA of 1.91 since July 1, walking only 8 and whiffing 36 in 28.1 IP. If you're keeping score at home, Cabrera joins Jason Davis as the only players from the 1999 draft to make the majors.
Placed OF Raul Gonzalez (AAA) on the Disabled List (broken leg)
He's out for the season. The minor-league vet was having a pretty decent year for Buffalo, contributing to the first-place Bisons. To replace him, the Indians promoted...
Promoted OF Jason Cooper to Buffalo (AAA) from Akron (AA)
This is probably a permanent promotion for Jason; he's had a mediocre season (.239/.321/.424) thus far, but he's Rule 5 eligible this offseason, and the Indians will most likely add him to the roster. Still, with a lot of other good prospects eligible as well, the Indians may look at him in Buffalo to help them ultinately decide if he should be protected.