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Traded RHP Edward Mujica to the San Diego Padres for a Player to be Named Later

Once upon a time, this right-handed reliever dominated minor-league hitters; in 2006, he gave up 0 earned runs in a 19-inning stretch in Akron, then did very well in Buffalo (33 IP, 29 SO, 5 BB), and finished off his season with a solid 18.3 innings with the Indians.

After that things just weren't same. He got several opportunities for spot work in 2007, but didn't stick around long for any of them. Last season his stays were longer, not because he was any better, but because everyone else in the bullpen was just as bad.

Now he's gone, and largely forgotten, traded appropriately for a player to be named later. He was out of options, and was knocked around pretty good in Spring Training (10.0 IP, 13 H, 9 ER, 5 HR), so the only questions left to be answered were how and when the Indians would part ways with him.

Assigned RHP Vinnie Chulk to Minor League Camp

Vinnie was one of the bright spots of camp, outpitching his competitors for the bullpen. But the Indians, with their shaky rotation, were looking for more length in their seventh reliever, so Vinnie will start the season in Columbus. If he isn't in the majors by mid-May, he becomes a free agent, so I would imagine he's the first up should there be an injury or ineffectiveness. Or when the Indians release Masa Kobayashi.

RHP Jae Kuk Ryu Assigned back to the San Diego Padres; Indians Waiver Claim Voided by Major League Baseball

The Indians apparently didn't think Ryu was physically ready to pitch, so they pulled the plug on the waiver claim. The Padres have since released him.

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