After being released today by the Indians, veteran lefty Scott Downs is seeking another opportunity. But Downs is only interested in a deal that would give him a major league roster spot, MLBTR has learned.
That insistence is understandable: the 39-year-old has thrown nothing but rehab innings at Triple-A over the last decade or so. At this point, he may simply prefer only to play at the game’s highest level.
Downs does have a fairly compelling resume. Prior to his struggles last year, he had carried an outstanding 2.33 ERA over 379 1/3 innings in seven seasons since shifting exclusively to the bullpen. And Downs has put up good numbers in Cactus League action this spring, where he has allowed just two earned runs while striking out five and walking two in 6 1/3 frames.