To make room on their roster (for Trot Nixon), the Indians designated right-hander Jeremy Guthrie for assignment. Guthrie, signed to a $4 million, four-year contract after Cleveland selected him with the 22nd pick of the 2002 amateur draft, pitched only 19 1-3 innings over nine games for the Indians last season and had a 6.98 ERA. He was out of options.
"It might have been a slight miscalculation on us on how advanced he was when we drafted him," Shapiro said. "He obviously had the stuff. He has the intelligence and the character. I think we underestimated maybe the development time necessary. ... I think we still feel like this guy has the ability and will be a solid major league pitcher at some point."
So essentially it becomes Guthrie for Trot Nixon. I just hate seeing the Indians giving up on 27 year old pitchers with good fastballs. Hopefully Shapiro can get something for him in a trade. But after the Brandon Phillips debacle of last year, I have an uneasy feeling about this move.