Indians Notes: Dye, Gomes, Payroll

Some Indians tidbits courtesy of The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto..

  • The Indians are keeping an eye on Jermaine Dye, who recently turned down a $3.3MM offer from the Cubs before they moved on to Xavier Nady.  Cleveland would like to add a right-handed bat, and Dye fits the job description.  However, with a UZR/150 lower that -21.0 in each of the past four seasons, the 36-year-old is a defensive liability.
  • Jonny Gomes is another righty slugger on the open market who could land with the Tribe.  The 29-year-old is coming off of a banner year with the Reds, though he posted a -23.4 UZR/150 in the outfield.  As we've heard before, the club is also talking to Russell Branyan.
  • The Indians are expected to have the lowest payroll in the Central Division at about $65MM.  It appears that the only club in the American League with a lower payroll will be the Oakland A's.

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