TORONTO -- The Indians knew they were taking a risk when they exposed the fleet-footed Ezequiel Carrera to waivers. The only question seemed to be which club would claim the outfielder.
On Tuesday, the Phillies claimed Carrera off outright waivers, adding him to their 40-man roster. Indians left-hander David Huff, who was designated for assignment on Sunday, cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Columbus.
"You know what? I'm glad for him," manager Terry Francona said. "That's one of those where, yeah, selfishly [you'd like to still have him], but I'm glad he got a big league job. It's hard not to be happy for somebody."
Carrera would be an ideal fourth outfielder for most teams, considering the speed he offers and the fact that he can play all three outfield positions.
Cleveland, however, has three outfielders in the starting lineup -- left fielder Michael Brantley, center fielder Michael Bourn and right fielder Drew Stubbs -- capable of manning center. The Tribe also boasts plenty of speed in the starting lineup. First baseman Nick Swisher can also play right field, if needed, and utility men Mike Aviles and Ryan Raburn can also help in the outfield corners.
Those factors made it difficult for the 25-year-old Carrera, who is out of Minor League options, to crack Cleveland's Opening Day roster. This spring, he hit .279 with one home run, three RBIs, eight runs and 11 stolen bases in 20 Cactus League games. Carrera hit .272 with 11 extra-base hits, eight stolen bases and 20 runs in 48 games for the Tribe in 2012.
Huff went 1-1 with a 5.82 ERA, 15 strikeouts and five walks in 17 Cactus League innings this spring. The 28-year-old spent most of last season at Triple-A, but he went 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 26 2/3 innings for Cleveland in 2012. For his career, the lefty is 18-26 with a 5.30 ERA in 55 big league games for the Indians.
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