Carlos Carrasco is getting another shot in the Indians’ rotation

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Carlos Carrasco was bumped to the Indians’ bullpen earlier this season, but Zack Meisel of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports he’s getting another shot in the starting rotation this Sunday against the Yankees.

Carrasco, 27, struggled to the tune of a 6.95 ERA over four starts before being yanked from the rotation in late April. He has found a home in the bullpen since, posting a 2.30 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio over 43 innings, but the Indians have an opening for a starter with Justin Masterson in St. Louis, Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister in the minors, and Josh Tomlin in the bullpen.

Carrasco has an ugly 5.66 ERA over his first 44 starts in the majors, so perhaps the bullpen is where he belongs, but it’s easy to understand why the Indians haven’t abandoned the idea of using him as a starter. The 27-year-old right-hander certainly has the arsenal, with a mid-90s fastball to go along with a curveball, slider, and changeup.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).