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Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a closer soon

Dec 15, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports that Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a new closer soon. After releasing Chris Perez at the end of October, the Indians are currently without a closer and prefer to bring in one from outside rather than promote Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw.

Hoynes writes that the Indians have reportedly made a two-year offer to Joaquin Benoit and have also targeted John Axford, Grant Balfour, and Fernando Rodney. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports clarified, saying that the Indians are focused on Axford. Axford was non-tendered by the Cardinals as he was expected to make close to $5 million in arbitration. Since an impressive 2011 season with the Brewers which put him at the back end of NL Cy Young balloting, the right-hander has posted a 4.35 ERA in 134.1 innings.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Benoit or Axford?

  2. tribeguy07 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Anything would be better than that bum Perez

  3. stephenolszewski - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Hopefully Axford is good and Pestano returns to his consistent setup man role so Cody Allen can remain in middle relief

    • Kevin Gillman - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Yeah Vinnie could be the key. If he’s dominant, like we know he can, our bullpen looks much better. If not, then they will be scrambling again. I’d like for them to sign another lefty though to help Scrabble out.

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