The Indians swapped Jeanmar Gomez for an outfielder on Wednesday after they had designated the starting pitcher for assignment last week to claim Russ Canzler.
Cleveland received Quincy Latimore from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Latimore was drafted in 2007 out of High School and will turn 24 next month. He has yet to play above Double-A, having spent 2012 and 2012 in Altoona for the Pirates. In his two seasons with the Curve he has hit .245 with a .308 on-base percentage, 30 home runs, and 130 RBI.
He is not big, but touted as someone who has some good power and had to rebound in 2012 from a bad April.
Gomez meanwhile goes to a team where he could perhaps have more of a chance to provide depth to in the starting rotation. He has simply fallen down the line of starting pitching options, which of course resulted in him being designated for assignment. The Indians clearly had no use for him with the trade and can now hope they've acquired a decent prospect with some potential as a corner outfielder.
It has been a quick down-turn for Gomez who started 2012 in the Indians starting rotation after impressing enough to win a spot in spring training. Gomez went on to have an decent first few months, having stayed afloat and actually been a main reason for the Indians early contention. But then the wheels fell of and since, Gomez has been an afterthought. He couldn't adjust back in Columbus and is now on his way to a new organization.
Gomez went 5-8 with a 5.96 ERA in 20 games and 17 starts for the Indians last year. In 2011 he went 5-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 11 games and 10 starts. Gomes is very much a guy who needs to rely on control, and while he had it in 2012, having only walked 34 hitters in 90 innings, he could not get away with having been hit, giving up 15 home runs.
Meanwhile, the acquiring of Quincy Latimore ups the number of people named Quincy from 0 to 1 in the organization, but unfortunately gets rid of the Indians only Jeanmar. That is unfortunate, yet exciting.
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