The Cleveland Indians made a trade to bolster their pitching staff on Tuesday right before first pitch of their scheduled game with Cincinnati, and picked up pitcher Esmil Rogers from Colorado for cash considerations.
#Indians acquire RHP Esmil Rogers from COL in exchange for cash considerations; designate C Luke Carlin for assign. to clear 40-man spot— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 12, 2012
The 26-year-old right-hander was deemed expendable by the Rockies for his inordinately-high 8.06 ERA as a reliever this season after spending much of last year as a starter. Rogers finished his 2011 campaign with a 7.05 ERA and 1.89 WHIP, and completely wore down in the second half as his control began to fade.
A strong arm with plus stuff, the Dominican Republic-born pitcher still has plenty of quality innings left in his arm, and certainly came at a cheap price for a Cleveland squad in desperate need of more long-inning pitchers. Though he has never made a start in 2012, Rogers has tallied 29 strikeouts over just 25.2 innings and could be a solid addition if he can find a way to adjust to American League hitting.