Indians outright Slocum, lose Bullington
Challenges lie ahead as Tribe tries to protect prospects
CLEVELAND -- The Indians continued to pare down their 40-man roster Friday in anticipation of December's Rule 5 Draft.Right-handed reliever Brian Slocum was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus, while right-handed starter Bryan Bullington was claimed off outright waivers by the Blue Jays. Bullington is the third player lost by the Tribe to waivers in the last month. In September, outfielder Brad Snyder was claimed by the Cubs, and left-hander Reid Santos also went to the Jays. The Tribe's 40-man roster now stands at 36 players. That total does not include right-handers Jake Westbrook and Scott Elarton, both of whom are on the 60-day disabled list. Slocum was converted from starting to relief work at Triple-A Buffalo this past season. He went 3-7 with a 4.85 ERA in 30 appearances, including 11 starts. He made two appearances with the Indians, giving up six runs in two innings. Slocum had minor right elbow surgery in September. Bullington was the No. 1 overall Draft pick of the Pirates in 2002. The Indians claimed him this season, and he went 5-9 with a 5.20 ERA at Buffalo. He made three appearances for the Tribe, including one spot start for the Tribe in the regular-season finale against the White Sox. The Indians are dealing with some roster crowding this winter, as notable prospects such as Jordan Brown, T.J. Burton, Trevor Crowe, Chris Gimenez, Chuck Lofgren, Carlos Santana and Jeff Stevens will all be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft in Las Vegas if they are left unprotected. The Tribe has until Nov. 20 to set its roster for the Rule 5.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.