indians logoThe Indians, in serious need of a relief arm (or two), sat out yesterday’s buy-a-reliever activities. But they just jumped into it today, picking up Cardinals discard, Marc Rzepczynski.

The 27-year-old lefty is having his worst year by far – 7.84 ERA, 1.935 WHIP – and it follows a trend of three meh seasons with the Cardinals. With arbitration looming next year, it’s easy to see why the Cardinals were willing to give him up for minor league infielder Juan Herrera (a mostly non-prospect).

The deal is a signal that the Indians probably didn’t like the market for quality relievers (perhaps especially lefties like James Russell), but wanted to at least do¬†something. The question now is whether Rzepcynski is it for them, or if they’ll try to add another piece before it’s all said and done.

The move probably takes them out of the market for Russell, though we don’t know whether they were really in it at this point (the last we’d heard, the Indians were not explicitly mentioned as a possible suitor). It could also take the Indians out of the market for Kevin Gregg, whom Phil Rogers had connected to the Indians earlier today.

It all just depends on how they view Rzepcynski. A LOOGY worth a zero risk trade? Or the fix to their bullpen woes, because everything else is too expensive?

  • North Side Irish

    I love that Dave Cameron was so worried about spelling Rzepczynski right that he spelled his first name wrong.

  • Mvandy524

    Brett need info on ian Kennedy rumors

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Come on now. You know me. See the front page …

      • Mvandy524

        Sorry you were prbly in the works as I wrote that

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I was – just giving you guff.

          • Cubbie Blues

            Guff? Apparently, you are also much older than you look.

  • Mason Asher

    What exactly is a LOOGY?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Lefty one out guy. Basically, a lefty that is effective against lefties.

      • Funn Dave

        Thanks; I was wondering the same thing myself.

  • Mason Asher

    Gotcha. I’ve seen that on here alot and it finally bugged me enough to ask.

  • Eternal Pessimist

    Rzepcynski only pitched 10 innings this year, so maybe he got a little unlucky, or just needs to warm up. Only pitched 250 innings in the last 5 years. Seems like this is a real reach to be their solution.

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