Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer posted a few Indians nuggets in last night’s column.
- GM Mark Shapiro says he hasn’t made any offers to free agents yet. It sounds like payroll might land in the $75-80MM range, leaving the team with roughly $15MM to spend.
- Shapiro admitted that he would explore a trade for Jose Valverde if the Astros closer is truly available. Astros GM Ed Wade said yesterday, "I would love to see Jose here for a long time." The ’Stros have him under team control for one more year, and there’s been speculation he could be dealt to save money.
- The Indians may attempt to acquire Huston Street if the Rockies’ asking price comes down.
- The Indians are interested in Orlando Hudson, who reportedly seeks a five-year, $50MM deal.