See Ya, C-Lee!
The Tribe optioned Cliff Lee to Buffalo today following his miserable start against Boston, recalling reliever Edward “The Mooj” Mujica. Mujica’s stay will likely be a short one. Cliff Lee’s next start was scheduled for August 1 against Texas. If by then the Indians haven’t acquired one of the several relievers (Dotel, Lidge, Gagne) that they are reportedly in on, the Mooj will make way for Aaron Laffey‘s major-league debut.
Laffey is a 22-year-old control left-hander that I’d like a little better if he missed more bats. His K’s per 9 and K-to-BB numbers between Akron and Buffalo this season are comparable to what a 22-year-old Jeremy Sowers did in 2005 at both levels. It’s possible that Laffey could provide the Tribe a boost like Sowers did last season, but I wouldn’t bet Adam Miller‘s elbow on it.