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Indians place reliever Jensen Lewis on waivers

Mar 21, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

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Jensen Lewis has consistently been one of Cleveland’s best relievers since debuting in mid-2007, posting a 3.68 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 198 innings, but he’s been knocked around in a half-dozen appearances this spring and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Indians have placed him on waivers.

Lewis is under contract for $650,000, which any team that claims him would also assume, but as far as veteran relievers available in late March go he should be a fairly attractive target.

On the other hand, for a non-contender like the Indians to willingly cut bait on a cheap 27-year-old reliever with a strong track record suggests he did something to fall out of favor in a hurry. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it wasn’t based entirely on his pitching poorly for five innings in exhibition games.

Either way it’ll be interesting to see if Lewis is claimed off waivers like Pat Neshek was by the Padres yesterday after the Twins surprisingly cut him loose.

  1. tribester - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    It seems 4 out of 5 Indians trades in the last two years have been to acquire a minor league pitcher, but this still worries me. The Tribe can’t be getting rid of their stars and their decent guys or they’ll be stuck with… what, they released Marte too? Well, crap. Guess it’s just Masterson then.

  2. ptho16 - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    He was a reliever that threw in the high 80s. Extremely inconsistent and out of options. They have a number of big league ready power arms in the bullpen that they have to look at.

  3. tolbuck - Mar 21, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    One of the Tribe’s most consistent relievers? With the many trips to AAA has Lewis made the past few years? Wow. Though it would explain why the bullpen has been horrendous since ’07.

    The gun had his fastball in the low 80s this spring. No big loss.

  4. civollilavad - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Mr. Gleeman says Lewis has been “consistently been one of Cleveland’s best relievers since debuting in mid-2007″. Oh yeah, 13 homers allowed in 66 innings in 2009? More than a walk every 2 innings and numerous demotions in 2010.

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