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Things that don’t go together: Cleveland Indians Edition

Nov 12, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

Jake Westbrook AP

Paul Hoynes offers a couple of tidbits in his latest article about the Indians. first:

. . . the $2.53 million the Indians spent on big-league free agents last winter — $850,000 for Mike Redmond and $1.5 million for Russell Branyan — may look like a lavish spending spree compared to this winter.


Here’s what the Indians need: a third baseman, a starting pitcher, a right-handed hitting outfielder as a change of pace to projected left-handed starters Michael Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore, a right-handed set-up man to provide another eighth-inning option to lefties Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp and an experienced infielder to fortify the middle of the diamond.


Antonetti has talked to the agents for Jake Westbrook, the veteran starter the Indians traded to St. Louis in July.

No money + multiple needs does not = Jake Westbrook, who may be one of the more sought-after pitchers on the free agency market.

But at least Antonetti is keeping in touch with old friends.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    So far, free agent signing have been moving at a glacial speed. If the Indians wait long enough, a couple of decent bargain basement players may fall to them.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM

      But if they won’t even spend 2.5 million this offseason, who can they even afford? Jason Giambi and Mike Hampton?

      • skipperxc - Nov 12, 2010 at 12:42 PM

        I would love to take that sentence back to December 2000.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    There will be bargains. For example, Overbay will not be in demand, yet he is s serviceable big league player.

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