What started out as a trade rumor is turning into a novella with subplots.
The rumored trade that would send Coco Crisp to Boston ground to a halt Tuesday when Guillermo Mota failed his Indians physical.
The questions lay in Mota's pitching shoulder. An injury to the shoulder caused him to be used sparingly by the Marlins late last year.
Mota has also had elbow problems in the past few years.
The Indians haven't totally quashed the trade, The Plain Delaer said today, but they apparently want more in return for Crisp because of the risk they'd be assuming in taking on Mota's $3 million salary this year.
As it stands, the Indians would likely part with Crisp, David Riske and Josh Bard for Mota, third-base prospect Andy Marte and possibly catcher Kelly Shoppach.
The Plain Dealer reported that Major League Baseball has signed off on a subsequent trade that would send Arthur Rhodes to the Phillies for outfielder Jason Michaels. But that trade is contingent on the Indians and Red Sox consummating their deal.