Tribe claims Humphreys; Cimber dealt to Fish

November 30th, 2020

CLEVELAND -- In order to make a waiver claim last week, the Indians had to part ways with the submarine-throwing righty who’s been part of their bullpen since 2018.

The Tribe announced Wednesday afternoon that it claimed right-hander from the Giants. In order to make room for him on the 40-man roster, the club designated Adam Cimber for assignment. On Monday, Cimber was traded to the Marlins in exchange for cash considerations. 

Humphreys missed the entire 2018 season and most of '19 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He last pitched in the Arizona Fall League in '19 as a member of the Mets' organization, allowing just one run over 11 2/3 innings with four walks and eight strikeouts. The Giants claimed him off waivers in August, but he spent the rest of '20 on the restricted list. The 24-year-old has yet to make his Major League debut but has gone 13-7 with a 2.60 ERA over 35 Minor League appearances (28 starts) with 170 strikeouts and 30 walks in 169 2/3 frames.

Cimber joined the Tribe from the Padres at the 2018 non-waiver Trade Deadline. The right-hander owned a 4.30 ERA and a 1.398 WHIP in his 88 innings with Cleveland. He struggled in '20 and was optioned to the team’s alternate training site for most of September. Cimber finished the year with a 3.97 ERA with five strikeouts and two walks in 11 2/3 innings.

Because the Indians have been so transparent about their financial losses from 2020, it was expected that the club would be attempting to trim payroll more than it had over the past two seasons. Cimber was projected to make between $800,000 and $1 million in arbitration this year, according to MLB Trade Rumors, which isn't overwhelming in a normal year, but exchanging that for some extra cash may prove helpful for the Tribe in building its roster for 2021.