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Cliff Lee was 'surprised' the Indians let Jeremy Guthrie go

Five years ago, before he was Tweeting about Justin Bieber and anchoring the Orioles' pitching staff, Jeremy Guthrie was a first-round pick trying to secure a spot in the Indians' rotation. He made 16 appearances over three seasons before the Indians put him on waivers early in 2007 and the Orioles claimed him.

Cy Young winner Cliff Lee, Guthrie's teammate in Cleveland, recently told MASN's Amber Theoharis that Guthrie had "tons of talent" and he never understood why the Indians let him go.

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"I was kind of surprised the Indians let him go the way they did. He had talent. He just never had a chance to start. He was up and down. They used him out of the bullpen," Lee said. "I was glad he got a chance to end up where he did with a team that allowed him to start every five days."

Guthrie has made 123 starts for the Orioles since 2007, going 39-49 with a 4.00 ERA. He has pitched well -- and fought off a form of pneumonia -- early this season for the first-place Orioles.


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