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Major Move for Tribe

Thursday, February 21, 2008

By Staff Writer Matt Sanders


CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians completed a major deall Thursday sending closer Jose Valverde to the Los Angeles Dodgers for starting pitcher Tim Lincecum.

“[We’re] thrilled to welcome Tim Lincecum into the fold.” Cleveland General Manager Al said. “We believe we’ve added a “third ace” here today with Tim.”

          Cleveland looks to have some of the best starting pitching in the game with the addition of Lincecum, who will pitch behind established stars Brandon Webb, Chien-Ming Wang, and Jake Peavy.

          However the loss of Valverde could really dent Cleveland’s title hopes. The move leaves Cleveland with Tony Pena as their best arm out of the bullpen.  If they can’t sign a free agent such as George Sherrill or Troy Percival, Pena will be one of their only relievers.

           Losing a top closer like Valverde hurts, but since coming under new management, the Indians organization has been committed to bringing in young, cheap talent and putting them in a position to succeed for years.” Al said.

          The addition of Valverde to Los Angeles’s bullpen helps what is an injury shaken bunch. Former closer Chris Ray is out for the season with an elbow injury.

          The Dodgers GM was not available for comment.