CLEVELAND: Aside from obtaining matchup lefty Marc Rzepczynski, the Indians did not make a deal before the Wednesday afternoon trading deadline.
“Some people’s asking prices were just unreasonable,” manager Terry Francona said. “And if I think that, what do you think Chris was thinking?”
General Manager Chris Antonetti echoed Francona’s words, saying, “There were a lot of bad deals we could have made.”
Not that Antonetti was heartbroken about the inability to make a trade.
“We felt good going into the deadline about our players,” he said. “And we’ll have more opportunities as we go through August.”
Between now and Aug. 31, players can be dealt if they clear waivers.
The number of trades might increase as more teams find themselves falling out of the race. Because of the extra wild card, more clubs feel compelled to hold onto their players, which is one reason a proposal to move the trading deadline back from July 31 has been discussed.
“There are a lot of considerations that go along with that,” Antonetti said. “But there’s a lot of merit [to doing] that.”
WHAT’S IN A NAME? — When a player’s name contains two “Zs” and a silent “R,” there are bound to be questions about its origins. Marc Rzepczynski was ready with the answers.
Not surprisingly, Rzepczynski has a preferred nickname — Zep.
“I don’t want to make it harder on my teammates,” he said. “Scrabble has been more of a fan name for me. It started in Toronto, but it never caught on, because we didn’t have that many fans. I like Zep more than anything else.”
Rzepczynski said his ancestors came to the United State from Austria many, many years ago, and someone changed the family name.
“Our original family name had 21 letters,” he said. “I don’t really know what it was, but it was more of a German name. I guess I’m happy that my name has 11 letters rather than 21.”
FRIENDS — Rzepczynski and Vinnie Pestano grew up in Orange County in Southern California and played against one another as kids.
“It’s kind of unfortunate that I’m taking Vinnie’s place,” Rzepczynski said. “We’ve known each other since we were 10, played Little League together [same league, different teams]. We first met through a mutual friend, and he hit me in the back in one game. He threw pretty hard.”
FARM FACTS — Carlos Carrasco pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, but Columbus lost 1-0 to Buffalo in Class AAA. … Joe Colon (3-3, 3.52 ERA) threw seven shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks, as Carolina defeated Wilmington 6-2 in Class A. Erik Gonzalez tripled and had three RBI. … Todd Hankins homered and singled twice, driving in two runs in Lake County’s 10-9 win over Fort Wayne in Class A. LeVon Washington and Jeremy Lucas each had three hits.
— Sheldon Ocker