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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.

Then:

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.

Then:

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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