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Indians’ deal with Julio Lugo has “fallen apart”

Jan 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Julio Lugo

Last week the Indians signed veteran infielder Julio Lugo to a minor-league contract, or so they thought.

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the deal has “fallen apart” and the Indians no longer expect to sign Lugo, who would have competed for a bench spot in spring training at age 36.

He would have been unlikely to make the team anyway, as Lugo saw very limited action in the majors with the Braves last season while hitting .136 and hit just .249 with a .581 OPS in 93 games for the Orioles in 2010.

Mostly it just seems weird that negotiations for a minor-league contract could break down, because there really isn’t a whole lot to negotiate other than maybe an invitation to spring training or an opt-out clause if he’s not in the majors by a certain date.

Or maybe someone in the Indians’ front office realized what was happening and said: “Wait, is this the same Julio Lugo? The 36-year-old one?”

UPDATE: Bastian follows up to say that Lugo passing a physical exam may have been the issue, which makes sense.

  1. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    There goes the season. Damn you, Chris Antonetti!

  2. Francisco (FC) - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    You know I initially read this as: “Julio Lugo has fallen apart.” as in some sort of catastrophic injury.

    • Old Gator - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Anyway, what am I supposed to say?
      “There’s a bloody effigy on my wall?”
      And the complementary spring training invitation
      Has fallen apart….

      (with apologies to Vic Chesnutt)

  3. shaggylocks - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I often wish his deal with the Red Sox had fallen apart.

    Oh well, spilled milk and all that…

  4. bobwsc - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    how could such a terrible hitter have such a badass scowl on his face at the plate?

    • aceshigh11 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Ha! I’ve noticed that…you’d think he was the Second Coming of Ty Cobb with the way he’d squint and glower like a poor man’s Dirty Harry…and yet, he sucks with teeth and braces.

      Terrible, terrible player.

      • wlschneider09 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        I usually make that face while I’m typing.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 1, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    The title of this article is better, but still accurate, if you remove the first three words.

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