Bye-bye Wicky

Of all the guys the Indians could’ve been shopping this season, Bob Wickman seemed the most logical choice to go. Teams are paying a premium for relievers this season (see Cincinnati’s insane multi-player trade last week) and a battle-tested guy like Wickman would no doubt help a team in need of a closer or simply bullpen depth. Add that to the fact that Wick is not in the Tribe’s long-term plans and it seemed a given that he’d be dealt at some point.

Well, here you go.

The Braves finally obtained a closer Thursday, acquiring right-hander Bob Wickman from the Indians for Class A catcher Max Ramirez, has learned. …Wickman, 37, had to approve the deal as a player with 10 years of major league service, five with the same team.

No real word on this Ramirez kid yet, but one of the fantasy baseball sites I check regularly said he’s got a lot of offensive potential and he may very well not project as a catcher long-term, which makes sense considering we’ve already got Victor and now Kelly Shoppach behind the plate.

It’s tough to really gauge a deal like this with such an unknown prospect, but at least Shapiro is being aggressive with some of his marketable assets. Expect to see Fausto Carmona in the closer’s role now, though unless the team wants plans on auditioning Carmona as the closer of the future, I wouldn’t be surprised if several guys (Betancourt, Cabrera) get save opps over the rest of the season.

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