Last winter, Keith Foulke signed with the Tribe for one year and $5MM. It was supposed to be a battle of the questionable closers with Joe Borowski. Instead, Foulke "retired" with an elbow issue while JoBo went on to post what was easily the worst 40 save season in baseball history. Antonio Alfonseca‘s 2000 is a distant second (he had a 4.24 ERA).
Foulke had a simple elbow procedure in September, and will start throwing in November. He’s coming back for the 2008 season, with the Red Sox first on his list. The Indians and D’Backs may also get special consideration. We first heard about Foulke’s comeback plans back in May. In my opinion, the changeup artist would be best served in the NL. He hasn’t seen the league except for a brief stint as a starter for the Giants ten years ago.
Fortunately here at MLBTR we have a fairly comprehensive archive of last winter’s hot stove dealings. The D’Backs and perhaps four other clubs were in on him. D-Rays Bay says Tampa Bay was one of them.