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Bauer takes demotion in stride; Capps still deciding whether to stay with Tribe

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 21, 2013

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Manager Terry Francona said that Trevor Bauer took the the news of his demotion to Triple-A like a pro, but Scott Barnes ""took it a little hard.''

Bauer was was fighting for a spot in the rotation but was significantly behind Scott Kazmir and Carlos Carrasco.

""The season starts in a couple of weeks, so where I am, whatever day it is, I'm getting ready for the season,'' Bauer said.

Asked if he was disappointed not making the team, he said, ""You can imagine what you want, I'm trying to get better and get reaady for the season. That's all I can control.''

In addition to optioning Barnes and Bauer to Columbus, Corey Kluber also was optioned to Triple-A, and non-roster invitee Giovanni Soto was reassigned to the minor-league camp.

Kluber was nominally contending for a berth in the rotation but was a longshot to beat out Kazmir and Carrasco.

Non-roster invitee right-hander Jerry Gil was told he would not make the team but is staying in big-league camp for the time being.

Matt Capps is still trying to decide whether to take a $100,000 retention bonus and go to Triple-A or become a free agent. The deadline for his decision is Tuesday. His agent is making calls to other organizations to see if a team is willing to offer Capps a major-league contract.

""If I go to Triple-A, I want to stay here,'' he said.


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