Blue Jays Acquire Tallet from Indians

Tallet Stands Tall at 6'7

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired LHP Brian Tallet from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for RHP Bubbie Buzachero. Tallet was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians in order to make roster room for Eduardo Perez, who the club signed last week. The Indians had 10 days to trade, release, or outright Tallet to the minor leagues.

"We are glad to get Tallet," said Tony LaCava, the Blue Jays Assistant General Manager in charge of Player Personnel. "He is a kid we scouted since his playing days at LSU and have seen numerous times over the years."

Tallet is a tall and lanky left-hander that throws a fastball in the 89-92 MPH range, and also features a cutter, slider and changeup in his arsenal.

The 28-year-old split the 2005 season between the Indians and Triple-A Buffalo. With Cleveland, Tallet appeared in nine games, including five starts, and went 1-2 with a 3.48 ERA. In 2005, with Buffalo, he went 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 22 games including 17 starts for the Bisons.

Drafted by Cleveland in the second round in 2000 out of Louisiana State, Tallet made his big-league debut with the Indians in 2002. He split the 2003 season between Buffalo and Cleveland, but didn't pitch after July 26 and eventually had Tommy John surgery on his elbow.

He spent most of the 2004 season recovering, but did pitch for four clubs in the Indians' minor-league system. The Blue Jays had scouts watch Tallet five times during the 2005 season, and all the reports were positive.

"He came back pretty quickly from Tommy John Surgery," LaCava told InsideTheDome. "We had a good scouting report on him in 2005."

LaCava said the club has not decided what role Tallet will play in the organization. The southpaw was added to the 40-man roster and will be present in spring training.

"We will bring him in to camp, get a good look at him, and then decide" LaCava said when asked if the organization views Tallet as a starter or a reliever.

In exchange for Tallet the Blue Jays sent RHP Bubbie Buzachero to the Indians. The 24-year-old was ranked as the 44th ranked prospect in the Blue Jays system by InsideTheDome. Drafted in the 23rd round of the 2002 First Year Player Draft by the Blue Jays, he spent four seasons in the Blue Jays Minor League system, pitching to an 8-9 record with 41 saves and 3.17 ERA. Last season with Class AA New Hampshire he held a 4-5 record with a 3.97 ERA.

"It's hard to see Bubbie leave the organization," LaCava said. "We wish him the best of luck with the Indians."

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