Notes: Tribe trades Tallet

Indians complete trade, prepare for arbitration

The Indians have found a taker for Brian Tallet and now have a Bubbie on board.

The club completed a trade with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, parting ways with Tallet and bringing in right-hander Edward "Bubbie" Buzachero.

Buzachero spent most of the 2005 season at Double-A New Hampshire, where he went 4-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 46 games, including two starts. He struck out 84 batters and walked 31.

"He's a guy that will add some depth to our organizational pitching," assistant general manager Chris Antonetti said. "He'll start at Double-A, in the bullpen. He has an average to plus fastball with pretty good secondary stuff and a good mentality on the mound."

A native of Livingston, Tenn., Buzachero owns a career Minor League record of 8-9 with 41 saves and a 3.17 ERA in 155 games. He finished second in the Florida State League in saves in 2004 while with Single-A Dunedin.

Buzachero was the Blue Jays' 23rd-round pick in 2002 out of Tennessee Tech.

The Indians ran out of room for Tallet on the 40-man roster when they signed free-agent Eduardo Perez last week. The Indians designated Tallet, who went 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 22 games, including 17 starts, at Triple-A Buffalo last season, for assignment because, in general manager Mark Shapiro's words, they didn't think he'd be able to make a significant impact in the big leagues in '06.

Figuring it out: The Indians' contract talks with arbitration-eligible players Coco Crisp and Ben Broussard continue, and now the club knows exactly what those players will be looking for in arbitration.

The two sides exchanged figures Tuesday, per the MLB deadline. The club offered Broussard $2.2 million for the 2006 season; he's asking for $2.6 million.

Crisp was offered $2.35 million; he's asking for $3.05 million.

Antonetti didn't want to get into specifics about the ongoing negotiations with the two players, but it's safe to say the Tribe would like to avoid an arbitration hearing. The team hasn't seen the arbitration process come to that point since 1991, when negotiations with Greg Swindell and Jerry Browne were sent to an impartial arbitrator.

"We continue to have ongoing dialogue with both representatives," Antonetti said. "We're always hopeful of reaching an agreement and not reaching a hearing. At the same time, in some cases, it's a necessary part of the process."

Broussard, who made $365,000 last season, hit .255 with 19 home runs and 68 RBIs in 2005. Crisp, who made $364,900, hit .300 with 16 homers and 69 RBIs.

Winter wonderland: Prospects Ryan Garko and Jeremy Sowers will be making autograph appearances during the first-ever "Winterrific" on Sat., Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The new event features winter recreation activities for families to see and try, ranging from snowshoeing demonstrations to ice skating performances.

Sowers will be signing autographs on Jan. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Garko will sign on Jan. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Tribe mascot Slider will appear both days from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

For more information on the event, visit the Zoo's Web site at or call (216) 635-3200.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.