Indians Sign Carmona

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Indians and Fausto Carmona have agreed to a four year deal worth 15 million dollars. The deal, which includes three options that cover two years of free agency, could land him a total of 47.25 million dollars. "This contract secures one of the Cleveland Indians' best talents and toughest competitors for the long term," general manager Mark Shapiro said. "It is a great reward for Fausto's hard work and performance, and continues to demonstrate ownership's commitment to sustaining a championship team by retaining our most talented players." This past season, Carmona went 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA in his first full season as a starter. After two starts this season, he is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA.

I think this signing shows that the Indians are planning for life without Sabathia, but it could also be meant to show that the Indians are serious about winning and will try to pull Sabathia back. Several players on the Indians have been locked up long term, so I'm sure the Indians would love to lock up Sabathia as well. However, Sabathia is looking for a deal similar, if not better than Johan Santana's. We'll see if the Indians have it in their budget to sign him.


KevinGillman 4:51 PM CDT  

I don't care what kind of spin they make, C.C. is bothered by the contract at the end of the season. He is walking way too many men, 7 walks in 2 starts, compared to 37 in 34 starts last year. If I were him, I would look into staying in Cleveland so he can conentrate on this season.

Anonymous 8:56 PM CDT  

Sabathia will walk for the big bucks. You can forget about the home team discount. You heard it here first! Bob

Anonymous 9:29 AM CDT  

Who cares. CC stunk in the post-season. The notion that any one player is irreplaceable and destroys the franchise if he leaves is ridiculous.

Bucky, NY 12:45 PM CDT  

Great move by the Indians, Sabathia is going to walk after this season, this opens the door for Carmona to become the staff's ace. Cheap price tag for a 19 game winner. They Yankees will get Sabathia, but they will have to deal with his weight and his legs as he gets older.