Johnson done in Cleveland

The Indians’ season is in turmoil but Tribe fans can take a small amount of solace in the move Shapiro made Tuesday. Struggling right-hander Jason Johnson was designated for assignment and lefty prospect Jeremy Sowers was brought up from Triple-A Buffalo to fill the fifth starter spot in the Indians’ rotation. Johnson, 3-8 with a 5.96 ERA this season, was signed in the off-season for one year and $3.5 million with a club option for 2007. Shapiro said Tuesday that there are a few teams interested in Johnson and that the club should be able to trade him, which must be done within 10 days. Sowers, 8-1 with a 1.27 ERA in Buffalo, was the Tribe’s first-round pick in 2004 and most likely will start Sunday when the Indians host the Cincinnati Reds.

It’s about time. Johnson has frustrated Indians fans all season with his poor pitching performances. And yes, you read it correctly, Shapiro said being able to trade Johnson is a possibility. The question is, who in their right mind would still want this guy? But hey, if we can get something for him it will be a bonus. We’ll be extremely lucky if Sowers can repeat his performance in Buffalo at the big league level but he sure can’t be much worse than Johnson.

The organization made another minor move by optioning Jeremy Guthrie back to Buffalo and bringing up right-hander Edward Mujica. Mujica, 22, has split time between Akron and Buffalo this season and has not allowed a run in over 38 innings.


The Indians have found a taker for Jason Johnson. The club has traded him and cash to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash. With Davis Wells and Matt Clement on the DL, Johnson will most likely fill the #4 or #5 starter void for the Red Sox.

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