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Indians get Talbot as PTBNL in Shoppach trade

Dec 21, 2009, 2:59 PM EDT

Three weeks ago the Rays acquired Kelly Shoppach from the Indians for a player to be named later and this afternoon Mitch Talbot was announced as the mystery man heading to Cleveland.
Talbot and Ben Zobrist were the Astros prospects who went to the then-Devil Rays in the mid-2006 trade for Aubrey Huff. Zobrist has since emerged as one of the AL’s best players, putting together an MVP-caliber 2009 campaign, but Talbot has yet to stick in the majors and missed much of the season with elbow problems.
He pitched well when healthy, posting a 3.89 ERA and 67/18 K/BB ratio in 68.1 innings at Triple-A, and because he’s out of minor-league options the Indians seemingly acquired him with an eye toward giving him a big-league job in 2010. Talbot’s upside is limited because he doesn’t have great raw stuff and is already 26 years old, but he throws strikes, misses a fair number of bats, and potentially could be a back-of-the-rotation starter if healthy.

  1. Mark Shapiro - Dec 21, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Right on. A back of the rotation starter for the Long Beach Armada.
    Boy, did I pull the wool over on the Rays!
    Gotta go work on another 14 million a year extension for Travis Hafner.
    And – in case anyone forgot it – my daddy the agent got me my job, but if you criticize me, I’ll remind you that I, like Brooke Shields, have a very unremarkable undergraduate degree from Princeton!
    Gotta go comb my head now!

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