The Indians made several roster moves Monday, two of them involving veteran pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps.
They told Matsuzaka and Capps that they would not open the season with them on April 2 in Toronto, but that they'd like to keep them in the organization. If they can't work out a deal where Matsuzaka and Capps would go to the minors, they could offer them a $100,000 retention bonus by March 26. If the players accepted it, it would mean they agreed to go to the minors. If they turned it down, they'd become free agents.
"Like we said in October, you can never have enough pitching," said manager Terry Francona.
It appears Matsuzaka is leaning toward staying with the Indians. Capps, the veteran closer, who is recovering from a sore right shoulder, wanted to take a couple of days to think about his situation.
In other moves the Indians told catchers Omir Santos and Brian Jeroloman, infielder Luis Hernandez and outfielder Matt Carson that they would not be on the 25-man roster, but they will stay in big league camp.
The Indians did farm out shortstop Juan Diaz, outfielder Cedric Hunter and relievers Matt Langwell and Preston Guilmet. Diaz was optioned to Class AAA Columbus, while the others were re-assigned to minor league camp.