Adam Cimber was doomed
4 months 3 days ago #699 by Matzek9
There no such thing as the Adam Cimber Era.If anything, the recently departed Tribe reliever was inextricably tied to Brad Hand when the two came over in the Francisco Mejia deal. All the same,it surprising to see the Indians up and trade a relief pitcher with three more years before he hit free agency. That amount seems a bit low for any Major League Baseball player. If anything,and considering the amount of money in baseball, it sounds like an underpay for some kind of prospect you never heard of in Low-A. That an article for another day, though. Really, the Indians couldn stand having Cimber on their team for the simple fact that he has no place in modern baseball. As he is now, Cimber is utterly doomed.There was something neat about CImber when he came to Cleveland in 2018. First, that release point, about as low as you can get. Technically he released it below his feet because of the mound, and at times actually seemed like it rose as it approached the plate. It brought back memories of Joe Smith www.baseballstoreonline.com/Graig_Nettles-567 , a warrior of a reliever for Cleveland at the turn of the decade but pushed to the nth degree. Being a righty with such an absurd release point, Cimber naturally made people have to discount the below-average velocities he tended to post. Deception is often the name of the game Brook Jacoby Pillow Cover , and it hard to get used to something like that if you only seeing it once a game. I liked the idea of Cimber as a ROOGY, for lack of a better term the specialist who is here only to knock down right-handed pitching. For his career, righties in 412 plate appearances off him. In a division that has Nelson Cruz, Josh Donaldson, and Miguel San on the Twins and basically everyone except Yoan Moncada on the White Sox, to say nothing of Mike Trout or Aaron Judge or any number of other killers across the American League, being able to silence a big-time right-handed batter was vital. But the flip side was a mess. When a lefty got to face him, Cimber coughed up a line. That is decidedly stark and sealed his role as a part-time specialist.As we saw this year, and as we know going forward because Rob Manfred hates baseball and wants to speed up the game with idiot ideas specialists no longer exist. The three-batter minimum was the nail in the coffin for this version of Cimber Tommy John Flag . Sure, you can roll him out to face a premier slugger though, is that really a bet you want to make in a high leverage situation, especially when James Karinchak is there and waiting They could just throw a left-handed pinch-hitter out there and suddenly Ryan Oearn looks like Bryce Harper David Justice Pillow Cover . With the three-batter minimum rule, there no way for the Indians and Cimber to navigate that. It seemed like each time he saw a lefty, the result was a loud double in the gap at the very least. So, it makes some sense to cut bait on Cimber. By most metrics for a reliever, he simply wasn all that good. Now that the one thing he has going for him is mitigated by new rules, he basically a liability. Maybe if he struck out more than 15.2% of batters, or didn walk 7.2%, or even just had some kind of super high ground ball rate, there be some kind of superlative to keep him around . He didn though, and so more than anything he became superfluous. You could almost praise the Indians for even getting 100 grand for him.Maybe he figure it out in Miami. The talk was always if he could learn a change-up that would allow him to have a pitch that faded from lefties, he be more effective. Not in terms of strikeout rate perhaps, but at least less hard contact. The Marlins are a forward-thinking type of organization, or at least since they got new ownership in the last decade Franmil Reyes Flag , so it possible they saw something in him. More than likely, they just needed arms for their own en, and like the Tribe before them they saw Cimber and said, can fix him? If that happens, fantastic. Baseball needs pitchers who throw their way and get guys out with a little bit of funk. It just not meant to be for him and Cleveland. So, you could look at this as a cash-poor owner looking to get a little extra cash, though it seems a bit silly. Really, it just that he wasn good enough, and there no more room for a guy that throws mid-80s and can get a quarter of batters out. It was fun to have an oddity in the bullpen, but more than anything, this is a relief for Cleveland to get rid of Cimber.
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