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.


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23 Comments on "Indians Sign Shelley Duncan"


5 years 6 months ago

Have things gotten that bad in Cleveland?

progmatinee
5 years 6 months ago

this guy hits almost as good as Sandy Duncan.

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

LOL more has happened in last hour than past four days

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

stl_cards16
5 years 6 months 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!

HansonAce
5 years 6 months 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

5 years 6 months ago

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…

dugoutdog
5 years 6 months 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)…

Bravoboy10
5 years 6 months 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.

Jonathunder
5 years 6 months 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

thedocjon
5 years 6 months ago

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

formerdraftpick
5 years 6 months 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!

joelano
5 years 6 months ago

Now they can trade Graddy Sizemore!

5 years 6 months ago

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

5 years 6 months ago

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

Slugger23
5 years 6 months ago

Yes it is.

Slugger23
5 years 6 months ago

Yes it is.

5 years 6 months ago

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.

Septhinox
5 years 6 months 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. :)

5 years 6 months ago

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

5 years 6 months ago

Does this signing really make sense for the Indians?

link to bleacherreport.com

5 years 6 months ago

Does this signing really make sense for the Indians?

link to bleacherreport.com