Mitch Talbot
Mitch Talbot
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Indians
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Mitch Talbot in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league deal with Cleveland in May of 2018.
Signs minor-league deal
PCleveland Indians  AAA
May 24, 2018
Talbot inked a minor-league contract with the Indians on Thursday, freelance writer Ryan Posner reports.
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Talbot has spent the past few seasons pitching in the Korean Baseball League as well as independent leagues. The 34-year-old right-hander is set to take over Adam Plutko's spot in Triple-A Columbus' starting rotation following Plutko's promotion to the big leagues.
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Talbot won a rotation spot last season with a dazzling spring but had mixed results with Cleveland (10-13, 4.41 ERA, 1.494 WHIP). He definitely has the inside track on a back-of-the-rotation spot for Cleveland again this season but walks too many and doesn't miss enough bats to offer much upside. If Talbot hopes to remain a starter at the big league level, he'll have to cut back the free passes and limit the damage of the baserunners he allows by minimizing his home-run rate.
Talbot entered the season in the discussion for the fifth starter's spot but lost out to Jeff Niemann. Elbow problems limited him to only 49 innings at Triple-A Durham, where he posted a dismal 4.47 ERA and 1.564 WHIP. He went 3-0 in the AFL but had a 4.36 ERA. He'll start the year at Triple-A Durham and will most likely be used for long relief out of the bullpen if he's called up by the Rays at any point.
Talbot had a good season in the minors, and despite a not-so-great September trial with the Rays, is certainly part of the club's plans, even while ranking behind pitchers such as David Price or Wade Davis on the depth chart. Talbot showed excellent command last season, and his ability to throw strikes and get grounders could help a lot of teams. He'll get an extended look in spring training, as the Rays plan to take it easy on their front-line pitchers in March, but his only chance to crack the Rays' staff in 2009 may be in a long-relief role.
This was a bit of a disappointing season for Talbot; the Rays were ready to give him a brief trial in September in preparation for a potential 2008 starting rotation bid, but Talbot's inconsistency this summer led the Rays to the conclusion he wasn't quite ready. He'll still get some high-visibility innings this spring and will get the opportunity to compete for a rotation berth. However, Talbot likely will be back at Triple-A on Opening Day, and more consistency there could lead to a midseason callup.
Talbot, who came over from Houston in the Aubrey Huff deal, posted a composite 2.76 ERA and 1.23 WHIP for both the Astros and Rays at Double-A, with 155 K in 156.2 IP. That's a keeper. Look for him to move to Triple-A in 2007 and then compete for a job in the bigs in 2008.
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PNew York Mets  AAA
August 20, 2013
Talbot signed a minor league deal with the Mets on Tuesday and will be assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas, ESPN New York reports.
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PMiami Marlins  AAA
March 20, 2013
Talbot was reassigned to minor league camp, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
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PMiami Marlins  AAA
January 23, 2013
The Marlins have signed Talbot to a minor league contract, Baseball America reports.
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PFree Agent  AAA
December 3, 2011
Talbot has agreed to a contract with the Samsung Lions in South Korea, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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PFree Agent  AAA
October 21, 2011
Talbot has been outrighted from the team's 40-man roster, the team's official site reports.
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