Open Thread: July 28, 2009

Going on right now:

Cliff Lee is still a Cleveland Indian.

Hector Rondón starts for the Clippers tonight.

Andy Marte is with the team in LA.

UPDATE:  Since it's been asked a few times, I thought I'd clear up Andy Marte's contractual status.

He's back on the 40-man (major league) roster now as well as the 25-man (active) roster.  Just like last year, he's still out of options, so he can't be sent down to the minors without being removed from the 40-man roster, which would require his passing through waivers.  Obviously, given his Triple-A numbers, he would not clear waivers this time.

If we keep him on the roster, he will finish the current season with 2 years and 105 days of service time, or thereabouts.  That means that he's under club control (not eligible for free agency) until the end of the 2013 season — again, as long as he stays on the roster.  It also means that Marte will not be eligible for arbitration at the end of the year, so he'll make a little over minimum salary in 2010.  He will be eligible for arbitration starting with the 2011 season.  [Jay]

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