It was only a few days ago that the Cleveland Indians were a little reserved about the trade market because there were so many buyers and not enough trade chips to go around. That pushes the prices high because of the good ole fashion law of supply and demand. Yet in spite of that truth, the Indians pulled off a trade that is designed to help their bullpen depth. The only question is if their new left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski will help them and if so, when.
Rzepczynski has a pretty good track record for getting lefties out and has pitched well in the pressure of playoff situations before. Both things are appealing to the Indians because they want to go to the playoffs and they really have trouble getting out left-handers for some reason. The track record that Rzepczynski had prior to the 2013 season was much better than the one he sports right now however.
If you only look at this year’s ballooned ERA and time spent in the minor leagues, you have to wonder what the Indians were thinking. Then you have to understand that they only gave up Juan Herrera a class-A infielder with a little promise in the exchange. All in all they probably didn’t lose a player that they don’t already have a replacement for and in return they got a pitcher that could very well help them down the stretch once he regains form. How soon that is and how soon he joins the Indians bullpen is up in the air at the moment.
Worst case scenario they really are out nothing of substantial, irreplaceable value which makes this a low risk deal that could bust or could have very high rewards. A low-risk and high-reward deal is always a good move to make.