CINCINNATI -- Esmil Rogers took over on the mound for a rattled Ubaldo Jimenez on the eve of the Trade Deadline last season. Now, Rogers will be joining Jimenez in the Indians' clubhouse.
On Tuesday, Cleveland announced that it has acquired Rogers from the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations. Rogers is expected to join the Indians within the next couple of days, and the Tribe will need to make a subsequent roster move to add the right-handed reliever to the 25-man roster.
In order to place Rogers, who is out of Minor League options, on the 40-man roster, the Indians designated Triple-A catcher Luke Carlin for assignment.
Rogers, 26, has an 8.06 ERA in 23 appearances for Colorado this season. Across 25 2/3 innings, the righty has 29 strikeouts against 18 walks with a 2.10 WHIP. Over the past three seasons with the Rockies, Rogers has posted a 6.82 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP in 69 games, including 21 starts.
On July 30 last season, when the Indians were on the verge of acquiring Jimenez in a blockbuster deal with the Rockies, Rogers entered in relief in the second inning. Jimenez was shaken up by the pressure of knowing he was about to be dealt to the Tribe, and Rogers turned in five innings after the starter's exit.
The 31-year-old Carlin went 3-for-14 in a four-game stay with the Indians earlier this season and hit .231 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 23 games with Triple-A Columbus. Cleveland has 10 days to either trade or release Carlin, or the club can assign him to a Minor League affiliate if he clears waivers.