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The Indians have inquired about Kevin Millwood and Bruce Chen

Jan 13, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

Kevin Millwood

Dare to dream, Cleveland:

That brings us to free agents Kevin Millwood and Bruce Chen. The Indians have talked to agent Scott Boras about both starters. It’s hard to imagine Chen, 33, signing a minor-league deal after he went 12-7 with Kansas City last year. Millwood, 36, is coming off the worst season of his career, 4-16 with Baltimore with a 5.10 ERA in 31 starts. In 2005, he went 9-11 with the Indians, leading the AL with a 2.86 ERA. He turned that one year into a four-year, $60 million deal with Texas.

Each of those guys would probably help Cleveland, actually, what with how thin that roster is. But with Paul Hoynes speculating that the Indians spent their entire free agent budget on Austin Kearns — all $1.3 million of it — he thinks that the Tribe could only offer Chen or Millwood minor league deals.  Millwood might go for it. Chen probably wouldn’t.

Either way, I swear: I will make it a point to report any and all optimistic news about the Indians this year. Because, brother, do their fans need it.

  1. Lukehart80 - Jan 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Amen, Craig.

  2. megary - Jan 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    “I will make it a point to report any and all optimistic news about the Indians this year”

    Date / Entry
    4-1-11 / Carlos Santana was not injured today.
    4-2-11 / Carlos Santa remains healthy.
    4-3-11 / Foul tip off Carlos Santana proves minor.
    etc.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      Carlos Santana injured in smackdown with Eric Clapton.

  3. Panda Claus - Jan 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Millwood wasn’t really as bad as 4-16 normally would indicate. Surviving those first-inning splits of an 11.03 ERA was probably his biggest challenge, along with the occasional big inning elsewhere. Most of the damage against him came in big innings, not through prolonged multiple inning beatdowns. And when he did pitch well, his run support let him down. So it goes the journey of playing on a 96-loss team.

    Saying all that, he’d be a good pickup for a NL team like SD, and preferably not being asked to be the #1 starter as he was in Baltimore. There’s no way he can be as bad in 2011, unless he somehow ends up in KC.

    • Adam - Jan 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM

      There’s no way he can be as bad in 2011, unless he somehow ends up in KC.

      False. 3 of the last 4 years he’s been as bad as he was in 2010. His WHIP the last 4 years are 1.622, 1.595, 1.339 and 1.510. That is not good. Factor in his ERA has been above 5 in 3 of those years and his BB rate has gone up above 3 while his K rate has dropped into the low 6’s and you’re not looking at a bounce back candidate. His W/L probably can’t get worse, but his production isn’t likely to get better.

      • Panda Claus - Jan 13, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        From a factual basis, you are probably right that he won’t get much better, if any. His age is working against him now, but I just have a feeling he will improve. If he can cut back on the big innings, probably just not giving up 30 HRs again, then he makes things much easier on himself.

  4. bigtrav425 - Jan 13, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Does it even matter.Our season is over with before it starts.We all know that here.Going to be another loooooong summer.Only hope for some tribe hype is if the Dolans finally sell the team and/or Shapiro is fired.

  5. writtenbyross - Jan 14, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    I appreciate the sentiment, Craig, but all this really amounts to is the Tribe looking for guys to make it look like their trying but in reality gearing up for a mid-season trade to bolster Akron’s playoff run.

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