Indians Pick Up Options On Byrd, Borowski, Fultz

Mark Shapiro and the Indians had three option decisions to make, and today the team exercised all of them.  All of these were pretty much expected to be exercised.

  • Closer Joe Borowski gets $4MM rather than a $250K buyout. 
  • Starter Paul Byrd gets $8MM instead of a $250K buyout.
  • Southpaw reliever Aaron Fultz gets $1.5MM instead of a $0.15MM buyout. 

So, $13.5MM for the trio of pitchers.  Seems reasonable.  Of course there’s the HGH stigma with Byrd.  But as a baseball decision, it’s fair to expect him to pitch like a back-rotation guy worthy of a one-year, $7.75MM deal.   

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