Tom Price Jr.
It's nice to be wanted.
After being optioned to Triple-A by the Houston Astros on April 1, Exeter product Jeriome Robertson was traded to the Cleveland Indians for two prospects on April 4.
"We have known about Jeriome for a while," Indians Assistant General Manager Chris Antonetti told The Exeter Sun. "When you look at the deal, it happened to be a very good match, we needed some young starters and [the Houston Astros] were in need of position players."
Robertson's immediate future is in limbo, according to Antonetti, he will start out with Cleveland's Triple-A franchise in Buffalo.
"Don't get me wrong, we view Jeriome as a Major League pitcher, but right now our rotation is set, we had committed to the five guys we have now," Antonetti said. "He was in a situation where [Houston] had so many guys that he was unable to get stretched out, so we will use this time to evaluate him."
In the hours after being optioned to Triple-A, Robertson was obviously upset by the decision saying that he felt under-appreciated by the franchise that he almost led to a playoff birth a year ago. That disappointment has since turned into a feeling of optimism as looks at his future with the Indians.
"I am excited to have a chance to be starting in the big leagues sometime soon," Robertson told the Houston Chronicle. "I'm looking forward to helping a team out and getting my career going and being a part of a team. They want me to be one of the starters in the big leagues."
When attempting to acquire Robertson from the Astros Antonetti said they saw more than just the 15 wins from a year ago that Robertson had a lot of other strong qualities.
"He is an exceptional individual, very professional, intelligent and confident," Antonetti said. "He has earned everything he has gotten and he is just a competitor on the mound and can be very effective at the Major League level."