The Indians have been pretty quiet this winter. Their biggest signing so far was when David Murphy agreed to a two year deal. They also traded Drew Stubbs for LH reliever Josh Outman. I wouldn’t think that the Tribe is done this offseason. They still need need to add to their pitching staff and take a look at adding a big bat to the lineup.
Who’s left to sign?
Kendrys Morales – after his leg injury he sustained with the Angels, he’ll be relegated to a DH role. And with the amount of walk-off wins the Indians have had this past season, I would think that that puts Morales at high-risk of getting injured once again(sarcasm).
Grand Balfour – The Orioles decided not to sign him after his physical so that could bring his price tag down and make him more affordable for the Indians.
Bronson Arroyo – He’s been consistent and hasn’t been injured as much as our pitching staff in the past. He could make a huge impact in Cleveland and the longer he stays on the market, the greater the chance that the Indians could sign him.
The Dodgers have signed Chris Perez to a one year deal, Kazmir has signed with Oakland, and Joe Smith signed a three year, $15.75M contract with the Angels. Ubaldo Jimenez is unlikely to return to Cleveland after testing the free agency waters. Cleveland’s bullpen with have to rely on Vinnie Pestano & John Axford to bounce back and have a good year.
There are a lot of question marks with the Indians pitching.
- Indians Eyeing FA Closers (livingwithcle.com)
- MLB Winter Meetings: FA’s, Trades & Inflated Contracts (livingwithcle.com)