Friday, June 30, 2006

Eduardo Perez traded

Earlier this month, Indians President Paul Dolan said it was "way too early" to decide if the Indians would be buyers or sellers prior to the trading deadline.
Apparently, GM Mark Shapiro is making up his mind for him.
The Indians dealt veteran first baseman Eduardo Perez to the Mariners today for Class AAA shortstop Asdrudal Cabrera. Ryan Garko was called up to take Perez's place on the big-league roster, and will probably take his place in the first-base platoon situation with Ben Broussard.
This trade comes a little more than a week after Jason Johnson was designated for assigment and subsequently traded to Boston.
Shapiro has repeatedly said the roster will not undergo a major overhaul, but the club would pursue trades of opportunity.
My guess is that Bob Wickman will probaly be dealt, or at least seriously shopped around, before the end of July. Bullpen help is hard to find, and the Indians could probably start a minor bidding war for Wickman's services.
The major hurdle is convincing Wickman to waive his 10/5 no-trade rights.
Other Tribe players potentially on the trading block are Guillermo Mota, Paul Byrd, Ronnie Belliard and Aaron Boone.

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