Indians Notes: Tanaka, Rotation, Johan, Abreu

The Indians have signed a couple of notable names to minor league deals this week, picking up right-hander Scott Atchison and outfielder Jeff Francoeur. They were also one of the two finalists on infielder Jamey Carroll. Here's the latest out of Cleveland (All courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes)…

  • Hoynes writes that the Indians have been in contact with Masahiro Tanaka's agent, Casey Close, and could meet with him and his client in the coming days. The Indians "are in the game" and could make a lucrative multiyear offer, but Hoynes calls the chances of a deal "slim," noting that Cleveland isn't likely to outbid big spenders like the Yankees and possibly the Diamondbacks.
  • From that same piece, Hoynes writes that if they do not land Tanaka, they're content to wait for a starter to come to them at their price. Matt Garza, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Bronson Arroyo could all be of interest and could all sign after Tanaka. Hoynes writes that Cleveland has long coveted Garza, and also adds that they may be able to sign Jimenez if he's the last man standing from the remaining free agent starters. At that point, they could get Jimenez at their price and would have an advantage over other teams due to draft pick compensation. Cleveland is also content to let Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Shaun Marcum and Josh Tomlin battle for the fifth spot if they can't find a starter at the right price.
  • In a mailbag piece, Hoynes tells readers that while the Indians have spoken to Johan Santana's agents, his sense is that the team is focused on adding healthier, more dependable arms if it makes further pitching additions.
  • Cleveland isn't likely to sign Bobby Abreu because Jason Giambi is already in the fold, Hoynes reports. However, the Indians are impressed by Abreu's swing and improved conditioning. If it becomes clear that Giambi cannot fill the role he did for the Indians in 2013, then Abreu would be a candidate to do so.


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22 Comments on "Indians Notes: Tanaka, Rotation, Johan, Abreu"


Expos '94 World Champs
1 year 7 months ago

Wow, Trevor Bauer’s stock has fallen hard. Battling for a rotation spot with Shawn Marcum?!

pastlives
1 year 7 months ago

you can kinda say the same thing about Marcum, he’s been a really solid pitcher for a long time except for last year…

Shin_Soo_Choo
1 year 7 months ago

Hes a headcase. Arizona was glad to get rid of him.

kipnis4040
1 year 7 months ago

Choo, never could make things easy.. almost always going to arbitration, wanted a heavy contract more than anything. And vs left handed starters choo is well below league average, so bauers upside at league minimum? Plus josh outman lefty specialist, i believe is Better than the three ring circus choo brought, we got a reliever now and bauer, the lefty and money saved are quite helpful .. bauer is 22. Choo makes way to much a year, down the road he will be an albatross.

I Want My Bird
1 year 7 months ago

Realize it’s the reality of the Indians situation (I guess), but “waiting for a starter to come around to them at their price” doesn’t really start off the relationship well by going out and making that free agent feel desired and in demand. Call me na├»ve. Did they “wait” for Swisher and Bourn to come around to them? No, I think they went after them.

NorCalTribeFan
1 year 7 months ago

Actually, Puig, that is exactly what they did…especially with Bourn. He didn’t sign until February last year. This is what small market teams have to do.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 7 months ago

“If it becomes clear that Giambi cannot fill the role he did for the Indians in 2013, then Abreu would be a candidate to do so.”

What “role” did Giambi play for the Indians last year? He posted a -0.5 fWAR over 216 PA, all as a DH, and hit .183/.282/.371. I’m pretty sure Abreu could play the same role but why would you want him to?

BK
1 year 7 months ago

Seriously, I wonder what it would take for the Angels to land Trevor Bauer? He would have been a much better get that David Freese, but are we stocked with enough to pull him out? Seems like the Indians are kid of over him and a potential #5 starter with upside could be just what the DiPoto ordered. Indian fans, what positions do you guys need upgrades?

Sufferfortribe
1 year 7 months ago

Upgrades? Everywhere except 2B, C, and LF. Although Murphy coming in to play RF might turn out alright. Always liked him as a player.

NorCalTribeFan
1 year 7 months ago

What are you talking about? Sure, we would like to improve, but there is no need to be that negative. If we can sign Jimenez, we have a very good chance to be in it in the Central at the end of the year. By the way,, we don’t need an upgrade at DH, either. Oh, and we aren’t trading Bauer.

Sufferfortribe
1 year 7 months ago

Sorry, didn’t mean to be so negative. It’s just that an off-season of having to listen to the Shaponetti spin is wearing on me. Would be nice to get UJ back, but I believe some other team is going to throw big dollars his way, and the Tribe will say they can’t(won’t) compete with bigger spenders. Oh, and I really hope we don’t trade Bauer, either. If Mickey can do with him like he did with UJ, watch out!

WazBazbo
1 year 7 months ago

Does the management of the Indians actually expect that one of those four starters won’t find a suitor to the extent that they’ll need to accept a job with a team that apparently figures they will get them cheap? That, coupled with picking up “notable names like Scott Atchison and Jeff Francoeur” as an offseason strategy makes my heart go out to Indians fans.

Kyle Garret
1 year 7 months ago

Well, the latest reports have Ubaldo looking for $14M a year, which is what the Tribe offered him, but just for the one year.

kipnis4040
1 year 7 months ago

I wonder if he reups in cleveland for 14.1 1 year-2 years.. corey klubers xfip and fip show hesatop 15 pitcher, Danny Salazar did so much with that rising pitch count, avg 95.6 mph this guy is real deal. And it sounds like Masterson signs multi year. But i still am pumped at the idea of a full season of salazar. Zack mcAlister might regress, but with Trevor bauer finding his winning form, carrasco having the stuff, the tribe can do this. They made the bull pen deeper. Axford allen shaw pestano outman scrabble i like this team
Bourn L
Swisher S
Kipnis L
Santana S
Brantley L
Gomes R
Cabrera S
Chisenhall L
Raburn/Murphy R/L

bob smit
1 year 7 months ago

Starting Pitchers.. lol.

bob smit
1 year 7 months ago

He also helped in a few key situations that ultimately led to them reaching the playoffs.

I Want My Bird
1 year 7 months ago

Since you mentioned Freese, third base of Chisenhall/Aviles is pretty sketchy. But I disagree with you, would much rather have Freese than Bauer, given the lack of 3B’s in the league and the concerns over Bauer. I don’t think the Angels got enough back for Callaspo.

NorCalTribeFan
1 year 7 months ago

Bauer had a rough year,no doubt. But it is not surprising that he didn’t pitch well given that he completely revamped his delivery. He apparently is throwing hard, again, and with control. He looks a lot more like the pitcher who came out of UCLA than the one who struggled in his MLB efforts. He isn’t a blue chipper, any more, but the Indians aren’t going to sell low on him.

MaineSkin
1 year 7 months ago

The whole “Abreu” in the headlines throws me off. CWS Abreu is my BFF, Bobby just makes the name undesirable.

Jeff Weissbuch
1 year 7 months ago

Is Ubaldo Jimenez this years Kyle Loshe?

NimbusStev
1 year 7 months ago

Man, I would be ecstatic to see the Indians sign Tanaka but there’s absolutely no way I see it happening.

johnrhee
1 year 7 months ago

Johan Santana could be this year’s version of Jake Peavy wearing a Mariners uniform should the team don’t acquire David Price. Felix Hernandez/Hisashi Iwamura/Johan Santana/either Ervin Santana or Matt Garza, and Erasmo Ramirez or James Paxton (one of them could be traded for help in the outfield like Dominic Brown or Brett Gardner). Also, signing Wells on a minor league contract to be a backup outfielder & DH may not be that bad for bench depth. This may get the M’s back on track to end over a decade of playoff drought if the ownership/front office can make those moves.