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Plans for Laffey Remain a Mystery

By sstorm Published: July 24, 2007

Not long after left-handed picther Aaron laffey was pulled from his start after 48 pitches at Triple-A Buffalo Sunday, a post popped up in this blog from one our faithful readers wondering what was up. Props to Roger for being so on top of things - especially with just a week left before the trading deadline, when these kind of things happen regularly.

Yet, a few days later, we're still trying to figure it out. The Beacon's Indians beat reporter Sheldon Ocker reported in Tuesday's paper that Tribe manager Eric Wedge denied anything is going on with Laffey - which in baseball terms almost always means something is absolutely going on.

The question is what?

I don't think it's that Laffey was involved in a trade gone bad, as many are speculating. Because if that were the case, the Indians wouldn't have let him pitch at all Sunday instead of limiting him to 50 pitches (a sure sign to me that's he's being readied for the bullpen).

My guess is that the Indians finally have had it with struggling Fernando Cabrera (a solid starter with the Aeros a few years ago before he was converted to a reliever) and have plans to call up Laffey to join the Indians bullpen. Because Cabrera is out of options, he will likely be claimed on waivers (other teams also think they can fix a guy). With the open roster spot, Laffey can slide right in.

So what's taking so long? If the Indians didn't start the process with Cabrerra until Monday, they have to wait until the end of Wednesday to see if he was claimed or can be sent to Buffalo to begin the rebuilding process.

So hang on. There's more to this story coming in the next few days. Fun, isn't it?


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