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Tribe gets pitcher to complete Shoppach trade

By Sheldon Published: December 21, 2009

The Indians completed the trade that sent Kelly Shoppach to Tampa Bay by acquiring right-hander Mitch Talbot from the Rays on Monday. [ep
Talbot, 26, is the player to be named that closes the book on the Dec. 1 deal in which the Tribe also sent cash to Tampa Bay. [ep
Last season, Talbot was limited to 10 starts at Triple-A Durham because of a sprained right elbow. He compiled a 4-4 record and 4.47 earned-run average, making two starts in the International League playoffs
The Astros took Talbot in the second round of the 2002 draft, but he was traded to the Rays in 2006 for Aubrey Huff. He was named Charlotte's pitcher of the year in 2007 and 2008. In addition to posting a 13-9 record and 3.86 ERA in 2008, Talbot appeared in three September games with Tampa Bay. His changeup was rated best in the International League by Baseball America after the 2008 season. [ep
Talbot has been added to the Indians' 40-man roster. [ep
In other Tribe news, the club signed 32-year-old right-hander Saul Rivera to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to big-league training camp. [ep
In 245 major-league relief appearances with Washington since 2006, Rivera has compiled a 13-15 record and 4.05 ERA. He split 2009 between the Nationals and Triple-A Syracuse, posting a 1-3 record and 6.10 ERA in 30 games with Washington and a 2-5 record and 3.55 ERA in 30 International League outings. [ep

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