Indians Sign Shelley Duncan

Chad Jennings of The Journal News reports that the Cleveland Indians have signed longtime Yankee farmhand Shelley Duncan.

Duncan has hit just .219/.290/.411 in 163 major league plate appearances over three seasons, but had another strong season in Triple-A this past year, posting a batting line of .277/.370/.546 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Duncan is 30, and could challenge for playing time in left field with the Indians. Keep in mind that if he shows anything with the bat, he's the type of player managers like to keep around, and would likely get the benefit of the doubt. His Triple-A numbers also indicate he could flourish with some regular major league at-bats. Good pickup for Cleveland.


23 Responses to Indians Sign Shelley Duncan Leave a Reply

  1. Have things gotten that bad in Cleveland?

  2. progmatinee 6 years ago

    this guy hits almost as good as Sandy Duncan.

  3. Ferrariman 6 years ago

    LOL more has happened in last hour than past four days

    anyways, solid signing if it’s less than 2 million

  4. stl_cards16 6 years ago

    They might as well go ahead and pick up Chris as well….then next year they will be the frontrunners for Dave if he decides to go to another team!

  5. HansonAce 6 years ago

    A filler with upside ..no risk for the sorry Indians…The Indians have no where to go but up with the team being dismantle from last year….Duncan could be a solid DH/4th OF/PH if he can hit

    • Very unlikely that he will be a solid DH. Also, his defense in the OF is lacking, to be kind. The guy tries hard, and has power, but is a remedial hitter vs. a pitcher with a decent breaking ball…

  6. dugoutdog 6 years ago

    They should go all out and put in a low bid on Chad Tracy while their at it.
    Anything to keep ahead of the Royals (although the Tribe does have some intriguing prospects accumulated now)…

  7. Bravoboy10 6 years ago

    It would be so cool if they picked of chris also and platooned the brothers. Worst case sonario is they become the front runners for Dave next year as mentioned by HansonAce. Unless I overlooked something both guys would be arbitration eligiable next season and still under there control.

  8. Jonathunder 6 years ago

    I really hope this works out, but we already have so many prospects in the outfield, do we really need another aging bat out there? Hopefully works out

  9. thedocjon 6 years ago

    I hope he does great in Clevelend with some regular at bats and a full season! good signing!

  10. formerdraftpick 6 years ago

    My dream is in schambles. I was hoping the Pirates would sign Duncan so we would have a lineup with Duncan Doumit in it. You can’t buy that in a grocery store!

  11. joelano 6 years ago

    Now they can trade Graddy Sizemore!

  12. Isn’t he the big dummy that spiked Akinora Iwamura?

  13. Isn’t he the big dummy that spiked Akinora Iwamura?

  14. Slugger23 6 years ago

    Yes it is.

  15. Slugger23 6 years ago

    Yes it is.

  16. I guess he could play first base if they leave LaPorta in LF and Travis Hafner to DH. He’ll be a crappier Ryan Garko.

  17. Septhinox 6 years ago

    As a Yankee fan, I’ve always like Duncan. I’m happy to see him get an opportunity to play everyday. Hope all goes well for him. :)

  18. He’s a power-hitting AAAA player. Rare, but still not all that useful.

  19. Does this signing really make sense for the Indians?

    link to bleacherreport.com

  20. Does this signing really make sense for the Indians?

    link to bleacherreport.com

  21. Alldaybaseball 6 years ago

    To me, this is a good signing for almost any team besides the Indians. They have Crowe, Brantley, and Laporta a ready when they get the nod. Good luck to him anyway.

  22. larrykansas 5 years ago

    If he gets regular playing time, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get 20 or more homers and at least 75 RBI’s. Him and his brother Chris come from great baseball stock.

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