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Indians’ one-year deal with Brett Myers includes $8 million option for 2014

Jan 4, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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Brett Myers and the Indians officially announced their one-year, $7 million deal today and it was also revealed that the team option for 2014 is worth $8 million.

So if Myers pitches well and stays healthy he’ll get $15 million for two seasons, which would be the same contract that free agent starters like Joe Blanton and Brandon McCarthy received. Except, of course, that if he pitches poorly or gets hurt the Indians are only on the hook for half of that.

Myers’ off-field history would probably make any team think twice about adding him, but purely in terms of his on-field value the Indians got themselves a very nice deal in a seller’s market for pitching.

  1. albertmn - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Was hoping the Twins would land him. Apparently, the Twins just wanted to be “in contact with” all of the free agent pitchers this offseason, not sign any that were even middle of the road in potential.

  2. tc4306 - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Indians fans might be able to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Santana and Kipnis are nice pieces. If Lonnie Chisenhall & the rule five kid, McGuiness, work out; plus, they get Trevor Bauer at the top of the rotation, that’s a nice start. Sprinkle in some useful major league pieces like Swisher, Brantley and Stubbs, have a decent off season next year and they might find themselves in the hunt by 2014.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      tc, they might even surprise some people this season, and because of what the Orioles and Athletics did in 2012, why not Cleveland? The 2nd WC playoff spot was build so more teams can contend anyway, so there is always a chance, until there isn’t…LOL

  3. krazytrane - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Al, T Ryan claims the market is inflated which is why Twins are not signing any avg or above avg pitchers. These are the type of signings our boys cannot miss to try and take advantage of the best lineup in team history (if healthy) that has been wasted with the support of crap pitching.

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