Karsay sent to A's for cash

Karsay sent to A's for cash

CLEVELAND -- The Indians' two relief reclamation projects have packed their bags.

The Tribe traded veteran right-hander Steve Karsay to the Oakland A's for cash considerations Sunday, two days after designating Danny Graves for assignment.

Karsay, 34, and Graves, 32, were signed to Minor League deals on the same December day this past winter, and both were given opportunities to win a big-league job with the Indians in Spring Training camp.

Karsay was trying to build his career back after major shoulder surgery in 2004; Graves was trying to bounce back from a rough '05 season with the Reds and Mets.

Graves won the job but was inconsistent in his time with the Indians, prompting his designation.

Karsay stayed back in extended Spring Training to continue to build his innings up. He was activated by Triple-A Buffalo in April and made eight appearances for the Bisons, going 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings.

The Indians said all along that they wouldn't get in Karsay's way if a big-league opportunity with another club presented itself, and Karsay appears to have gotten that opportunity with the injury-ravaged A's.

"We're not going to stand in anybody's way," manager Eric Wedge said. "If the opportunity is not here now and it is somewhere else, we're going to be respectful of that. We just didn't see his opportunity being here right now."

Karsay made his big-league debut as a starter for the A's in 1993. He pitched for the Indians from 1998-2001.

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