Indians add Rich Hill to 40-man roster, release Ben Francisco

The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League spring training roster:

– Selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, adding him to the 40-man roster.

– Placed right-handed pitcher Blake Wood (right elbow rehab) on the 60-day Disabled List.

– Optioned outfielder Tim Federoff, right-handed pitcher Trey Haley, lefth-handed pitcher TJ House, right-handed pticher Chen-Chang Lee and right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus.

– Re-assigned non-roster invitees infielder Matt LaPorta, right-handed pitcher Fernando Nieve and catcher Roberto Perez to Minor League camp.

– Granted the unconditional release of ourfielder Ben Francisco1

The addition of Hill to the 40-man is relatively surprising and puts him in line for a spot with the team’s bullpen. In 2007, Hill tossed 195 innings for the Chicago Cubs and was worth 3.2 wins. With today’s nine-player reduction the current Major League spring training roster now stands at 51 players (26 pitchers/5 catchers/13 infielders/7 outfielders).

[Related: McAllister Clinches, Kazmir vs. Dice-K, The Race For Bench & The Harlem Shake]

  1. Francisco. That’s fun to say. []

  • Jaker

    This guy here is dead

  • mgbode

    no, they didn’t cross off Matt LaPorta yet

  • nj0

    I like the way the roster is coming together. The positional versatility of this team should be ridiculous.

  • GhostsofRichfield

    Why would they already cut Francisco!?

  • ThatAlex

    They didn’t ‘cut’ him, Francisco requested his release because the outfield was already crowded and the odds of him making the team were pretty slim. This way he can try to find a new team before spring training is over.

  • Bob

    Francisco has already signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees. That was fast. http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/50656/yankees-sign-ben-francisco

  • Kildawg

    He figured he could make more money (and the team) in New York, given their aging roster and Granderson out until May. Plus all Yankee starting OFs hit lefty and Francisco is right-handed.

  • Kildawg

    We still need to clear 2-3 spots on the 40-man for Kazmir, Raburn, and possibly Giambi. Huff looks to be cut, and Carrera and Albers could be leading trade bait (teams always looking for bullpen help, and there are teams that can use a versatile OF with speed).

  • Steve

    I like it too, I’m not sure that the versatility will add as many wins as they think it will, but I’m liking the roster.

  • nj0

    I’m not sure either, but I’ve read some interesting ideas about some of the platoons they can run.