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June 3, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Bonder the Next One

by R.J. Anderson


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CLEVELAND INDIANS
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Purchased the contract of RHP Matt Langwell from Triple-A Columbus. [6/1]

Optioned LHP Scott Barnes to Triple-A Columbus. [6/1]

Barnes appeared in three games following his May 23rd recall, most recently in the soggy Friday night slash Saturday morning Indians-Rays game. He entered after the game resumed to face a number of hitters with poor historical platoon splits. Rather than retiring those batters, Barnes allowed four hits and five runs, and yielded home runs to James Loney and Matt Joyce. Then he packed his bags.

Langwell is the fourth player from Cleveland's 2008 draft class to reach the majors with the club, joining Lonnie Chisenhall, Cord Phelps, and Zach Putnam. Unlike those players, Langwell was not an early-round pick. He went in the 11th round and moved to the bullpen after his first pro season. There's not a ton of upside here. Langwell features a low-90s fastball with a decent slider, but his walk and groundball rates are middling—he's also 27, though age matters less for relievers. Still, it's a win if he can hang on for a few years as a middle reliever.

NEW YORK YANKEES
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