Tribe Acquires Brian Bixler from PiratesBrian Bixler.
There's something about the name.
Cleveland has acquired him from the Pittsburgh Piartes, as you probably should know by now.
He'll go right into the mix for the utility spot and given that he's on the 40 man roster already, you have to figure he's a favorite.
Mark Shapiro struck the deal with friend Neal Huntington. He sent Jesus Brito to the Pirates in return for Bixler.
The guy was born on Christmas!
A Jesus born on Christmas? Thems a rare breed. You hold onto those guys. You don't trade them for some generic Brian with a weird last name like Bixler.
He sounds like a runt.
In all seriousness... I'm half and half. Bixler is defensive minded infielder that will potentially fill the utility role if you give him a chance. He's also an Ohio kid (Sandusky, Yay Amusement Parks) and he's 27.
This will surely weaken Lake County's offensive punch even more. Which I guess is minute... But blah.
The part I don't like about this is that Bixler is on the 40 man. If he doesn't make the team, you send him down by having to put him through waivers. He gets claimed, you've essentially lost out on Jesus Brito. Upside or none, I don't like that. I'd have rather kept the 40-man spot open and went with a veteran until Jason Donald was ready.
More on this tomorrow or Wednesday.