Franklin Gutierrez ... caught on in Cleveland.
General Manager Mark Shapiro went into the 2007 season with a well-thought plan -- knowing quite well he would have to make several adjustments along the way. Who would have thought that Asdrubal Cabrera would be the team's starting second baseman in the playoffs? Or that Joe Borowski, signed as a setup man for closer Keith Foulke, would inherit the job and lead the American League with 45 saves?
The moves were many, the overall results good. Here's a list of the transactions, major and minor, made by the Indians for the entire year:
2 Signed INF Keith Ginter to a minor-league contract
8 Signed free agent RHP Keith Foulke to a one-year contract with a one-year option; designated RHP Brian Sikorski for assignment
15 Signed RHP Matt Miller for 2007; RHP Brian Sikorski outrighted to minors
16 Signed RHP Rafael Betancourt for 2007
18 Signed RHP Jason Davis for 2007
19 Designated RHP Jeremy Guthrie for assignment; signed free agent OF Trot Nixon to a one-year contract
20 Purchased contract of OF Ben Francisco from AAA Buffalo
22 Signed OF Jason Michaels to a two-year contract extension with a 2009 option
24 Signed RHP Jason Beverlin and 1B Alan Zinter to minor-league contracts
29 RHP Jeremy Guthrie claimed off waivers by Baltimore Orioles
14 Signed RHP Cliff Politte to a minor-league contract
16 RHP Keith Foulke retired
22 Signed INF Trent Durrington to a minor-league contract
24 Signed INF Luis Rivas to a minor-league contract 1
11 Optioned OF Brad Snyder to AAA Buffalo; assigned C Javier Herrera and LHPs Aaron Laffey, Scott Lewis and Chuck Lofgren to minor-league camp
15 Optioned RHP Edward Mujica and LHP Rafael Perez to Buffalo, 1B Michael Aubrey and RHP J.D. Martin to AA Akron; assigned LHP Jason Stanford, INF Asdrubal Cabrera and C Maximiliano Ramirez to minor-league camp
20 Optioned RHP Brian Slocum to Buffalo; assigned RHPs Adam Miller and Jeff Harris, LHP Tony Sipp, C Wyatt Toregas and OF Trevor Crowe to minor-league camp
22 Assigned RHP Cliff Politte to minor-league camp
24 Optioned INF Hector Luna to Buffalo; assigned RHP Brian Sikorski, INF Keith Ginter and C Armando Camacaro to minor-league camp
28 Optioned OFs Shin-Soo Choo and Ben Francisco and LHP Juan Lara to Buffalo; assigned INF Luis Rivas to minor-league camp; received RHP Jim Ed Warden from Philadelphia Phillies and OF Ryan Goleski from Oakland Athletics (both returned from 2006 Rule 5 Draft)
29 Signed RHP Mike Koplove to a minor-league contract
1 Placed OF Franklin Gutierrez (strained left hamstring), 2B Joe Inglett (strained left quadriceps), LHP Cliff Lee (strained right abdominal) and RHP Matt Miller (strained right forearm) on 15-day disabled list; assigned C Mike Rose to minor-league camp
4 Signed RHP Tim Drew to a minor-league contract
9 Signed C Yamid Haad to a minor-league contract
13 Signed RHP Jake Westbrook to a three-year contract extension; activated OF Franklin Gutierrez from DL and optioned him to Buffalo
18 Activated 2B Joe Inglett from DL and optioned him to Buffalo
23 Placed 3B Andy Marte (strained left hamstring) on 15 day DL; recalled OF Shin-Soo Choo from Buffalo
1 Optioned RHP Fausto Carmona to Buffalo; recalled OF Ben Francisco from Buffalo
3 Activated LHP Cliff Lee from DL; recalled LHP Rafael Perez from Buffalo; optioned OFs Ben Francisco and Shin-Soo Choo to Buffalo
5 Optioned LHP Rafael Perez to Buffalo; recalled OF Franklin Gutierrez from Buffalo
7 Placed RHP Jake Westbrook (strained left abdominal) on 15-day DL; recalled RHPs Fausto Carmona and Edward Mujica from Buffalo; designated RHP Jason Davis for assignment
8 Activated RHP Matt Miller from DL and optioned him to Buffalo
13 RHP Jason Davis traded to Seattle Mariners for player to be named
17 RHP Brian Sikorski sold to Yakult Swallows in Japan; RHP Gregorio Rosario acquired from Seattle to complete trade for RHP Jason Davis
19 3B Andy Marte activated from DL; OF Franklin Gutierrez optioned to Buffalo
22 RHP Edward Mujica optioned to Buffalo; contract of RHP Mike Koplove purchased from Buffalo
28 LHP Rafael Perez recalled from Buffalo; 3B Andy Marte optioned to Buffalo
31 OF Franklin Gutierrez recalled from Buffalo; RHP Mike Koplove optioned to Buffalo
9 LHP Eric DuBose signed to a minor-league contract
10 LHP Jeremy Sowers optioned to Buffalo; RHP Matt Miller recalled from Buffalo
14 RHP Matt Miller optioned to Buffalo; contract of LHP Jason Stanford purchased from Buffalo
20 Placed OF David Dellucci (torn left hamstring) on 15-day DL; designated RHP Roberto Hernandez for assignment; recalled OF Ben Francisco and RHP Edward Mujica from Buffalo
24 Activated RHP Jake Westbrook from DL; optioned RHP Edward Mujica to Buffalo
27 Placed LHP Aaron Fultz (strained right intercostal muscle) on 15-day DL, retroactive to June 24; recalled RHP Edward Mujica from Buffalo
28 RHP Roberto Hernandez released
8 Optioned RHP Edward Mujica to Buffalo
9 Claimed LHP John Koronka on waivers from Texas Rangers and optioned him to Buffalo
12 Signed DH-1B Travis Hafner signed to a five-contract extension with an option for 2013.
13 OF David Dellucci transferred to 60-day DL; contract of RHP Jensen Lewis purchased from AAA Buffalo.
7/27 LHP Cliff Lee and OF Ben Francisco optioned to Buffalo; OF Kenny Lofton acquired from Texas Rangers in trade for minor-league C Maximiliano Ramirez; INF Hector Luna designated for assignment; RHP Edward Mujica recalled from AAA Buffalo.
1 Designated RHP Fernando Cabrera designated for assignment; activated LHP Aaron Fultz from 15-day DL (right intercostal strain) and recalled from minor-league rehab assignment.
3 RHP Scott Elarton signed to minor-league contract and assigned to Buffalo; INF Hector Luna claimed on waivers by Toronto Blue Jays
4 LHP Jason Stanford designated for assignment; contract of LHP Aaron Laffey purchased from Buffalo
7 3B-OF Russell Branyan signed to a minor-league contract and assigned to Buffalo; INF Asdrubal Cabrera's contract purchased from Buffalo; INF Mike Rouse designated for assignment.
9 RHP Fernando Cabrera released; INF Chris Gomez claimed off waivers from Baltimore; LHP Aaron Laffey optioned to Buffalo; INF Mike Rouse outrighted to AAA Buffalo; 3B-OF Russell Branyan sold to Philadelphia.
11 LHP Jason Stanford outrighted to minors
25 RHP Edward Mujica optioned to Buffalo; LHP Aaron Laffey recalled from Buffalo.
31 OF Brad Snyder called up from Buffalo and placed on 60-day DL.
1 OF Ben Francisco, LHP Cliff Lee and RHP Mike Koplove recalled from Buffalo; contract of INF Luis Rivas purchased from Buffalo; designated LHP John Koronka for assignment
4 RHP Edward Mujica, 3B Andy Marte and LHP Juan Lara recalled from Buffalo.
6 Designated INF Joe Inglett for assignment; OF David Dellucci removed from 60-day DL.
14 INF Joe Inglett claimed on waivers by Toronto Blue Jays.
17 LHP Jeremy Sowers recalled from Akron.
28 OF Shin-Soo Choo, RHP Matt Miller and RHP Brian Slocum recalled from AAA Buffalo (none to report to Cleveland).
1 LHP John Koronka declared free agent.
4 LHP Jason Stanford declared free agent.
30 RHP Mike Koplove outrighted to minors; OF Kenny Lofton and INF Chris Gomez declared free agents
2 RHP Keith Foulke declared free agent
5 RHP Matt Miller released; INF Luis Rivas outrighted to minors (refused assignment, became free agent)
6 Exercised 2008 contract options on RHPs Joe Borowski and Paul Byrd and LHP Aaron Fultz
19 Purchased the contracts of RHP Adam Miller from Buffalo and LHPs Scott Lewis, Reid Santos and Tony Sipp along with CA Wyatt Toregas from Akron and added all five to the 40-man roster.
20 Signed free-agent RHP Masahide Kobayashi to a two-year contract with a club option for 2010.
30 Signed RHPs Rick Bauer and Jeff Harris and CA Yamid Haad to minor-league contracts with invitations to 2008 major-league spring training camp.
8 Acquired INF Jamey Carroll from Colorado Rockies for player to be named; RHP J.D. Martin designated for assignment.
14 RHP J.D. Martin outrighted to Buffalo.
21 Signed INFs Andy Gonzalez, Andy Herr and Danny Sandoval, RHP Matt Ginter and CA Armando Camacaro to minor-league contracts with invitations to 2008 major-league spring training camp.