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Released RHP Fernando Cabrera

If the Indians had DFAd Fernando before the deadline, there would have been a really good chance of getting at least some kind of prospect for him. The Indians weren't able to trade Cabrera on the open market because he didn't pass through revocable waivers. The team that claimed him knew the Indians had little leverage, but rather than accept whatever offer was on the table, the Indians pulled Cabrera off of waivers and released him:

"We were unable to work out a deal with the eligible club," Antonetti said. "So we elected to give him his release."

The Indians could have placed Cabrera on outright waivers -- in which any team could have made a claim on him, with the team with the worst overall record getting first dibs -- but they wanted to give him the leeway to select where he lands. He will clear release waivers in two business days and will then be a free agent.

This is very good news for Fernando, for now he can choose the best situation. Now that he's on the free agent market and not constrained by the 40-man roster, he'll have plenty of suiters. The team that originally claimed him might very well end up with Cabrera anyway, but they'll probably have to give more to sign him than they would have had to give up to trade for him.

Claimed IF Chris Gomez off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles

I believe the way the press release was worded ("awarded INF Chris Gomez on trade waivers"), this was a revocable waiver claim. Gomez is a nice utility player, and a much better offensive player than Mike Rouse. He appeared mostly at first and third with the Orioles this season, though he made a combined 16 appearances at second and short.

Outrighted IF Mike Rouse to Buffalo (AAA)

Rouse's defense wasn't a problem, and I'm inclined to attribute at least some of his offensive issue to his lack of playing time. Hopefully the Indians can keep him around next season for insurance purposes.

Signed 1B/3B Russell Branyan to a Minor-League Contract

Traded Branyan to the Philadelphia Phillies for Cash

The Indians probably promised Branyan that they as soon as he had an opportunity to return to the majors, they wouldn't stand in his way. At least the Bison players got a nice post-game spread out of the deal.