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Indians are likely to tender Drew Stubbs a contract

Dec 1, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

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Outfielder Drew Stubbs is in line for a raise on his $2.825 million salary in 2013 as he is eligible for arbitration for the second of three years. Despite a solidified outfield with Michael Brantley in left, Michael Bourn in center, and the recently-signed David Murphy in right, the Indians are expected to tender Stubbs a contract, according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. He would serve in a back-up role, but the Indians could always trade him at some point as well.

Depending on how much credit you give him defensively, Stubbs has mostly graded out somewhere between replacement level and average, according to both versions of Wins Above Replacement (2.0 is average) on FanGraphs and Baseball Reference. He finished 2013 with a lackluster .233/.305/.360 line but stole 17 bases in 19 attempts and has stolen as many as 40 bases in the past with the Reds.

  1. metalhead65 - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    what on earth makes this guy think he deserves a raise? there is no way the Indians should lose this case. I thought the move from the Reds was going to revitalize his career? because he can steal bases means he can steal money from the club to? how many strikeouts did he have this year? he had 200 a year 2 years in a row for the reds to go along with his lousy batting average. I blamed baker at first for putting him in the leadoff spot because he was fast but the guy swings at everything! his defense is overrated to, he is fast which helps him get to misjudged fly balls but that is it. no way he deserves a raise and should thank his lucky stars he is a baseball player where you can be rewarded for not being very good at your job. now comes the part where the saber police jump in and point out he is actually a great player right? sorry as a reds fan I know what I saw and he sucks.

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