April 23, 2014

MLB Rumors: Indians to sign pitcher Brett Myers

Twitter is abuzz with rumors that the Indians have signed pitcher Brett Myers. The Indians have yet to confirm the signing which is likely pending a physical if it has actually occurred. Matt Loede from 92.3 the Fan in Cleveland was the first to post it.

If it is true, Brett Meyers gives the Indians a 32-year-old pitcher with starting experience who most recently came out of the bullpen for the White Sox. He played in 35 games for the White Sox with a 3.12 ERA. He had 21 strikeouts and nine walks.

Myers is also famous (or infamous) for his verbal altercation with a Philadelphia reporter that resulted in him saying, “Boom. Outta here.” (39 seconds in below video.)

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  • FearTheRoo

    If this doesn’t win us a World Series nothing will.

  • http://twitter.com/JZelch17 Josh Zelch

    Extremely happy with this signing, we get a nice veterian arm to add to the rotation

  • Kildawg

    Reliable veteran pitcher that clearly wants to be a starter, all of which we need. Now we suddenly have SP depth. This solidifies us in serious contention for the division title, maybe a wild card.

  • Tribe Fan

    Don’t get ahead of yourself there. We are not going to be 20+ wins better than last year. But the team will definitely be improved.

  • FearTheRoo

    Saying the Indians have SP depth is like saying last year the Browns had QB depth. Just because we had Weeden, McCoy, and Wallace just meant we had 3 QBs. Not 3 good QBs. Same can be said for the Indians. Just because we have a lot of pitchers, doesn’t mean we have good pitching. Quality is more important than Quantity.

  • typo

    Wow! What a telling exchange. Also, I believe he was once arrested for beating up his wife. Apparently he is a real classy individual.

  • mgbode

    sigh. i would hope his signing would mean we are trading perez and moving myers to closer (or setup to pestano). myers was moved to the bullpen for a reason. the pitching starved houston astros had enough of him as a starter. he had 1 above average pitching season in his last 5 seasons as a starter.

  • @TheDeePagel

    But even when he was not above average he has been reliable and solid. Is he an ace? No way. Is he a bottom feeding fifth starter like Lowe? No way. He is here to add depth, eat innings, and give our offense a chance to win games. No delusions though….this team still goes no where without Masterson and Jimenez having good years, and Bauer, McAllister, and Carrasco continued development…..regardless of what Myers does. But I feel good about a quality addition to our rotation nonetheless.

  • Kildawg

    I didn’t say anything about a 20+ win improvement, although it would be awesome. Don’t forget that we have an improved (and more balanced) offense without sacrificing defense (even enhanced at some positions). Masterson needs a comeback year (still, 10+ wins coming from offseason surgery is still pretty good) and Jimenez needs to produce or be cut.

  • Natedawg86

    Would like to see something close to .500. We have been in first lately early on because everyone else starts slow, but then reality sets in and our players come back to earth. This guy should be relatively cheap too right?

  • BisonDeleSightings

    It’s probably a decent signing for depth, but I think he’s too big of a jerk to root for.

    http://www.southsidesox.com/2012/7/23/3174556/about-rooting-for-against-brett-myers

  • @TheDeePagel

    One big difference though. Weeden, McCoy and Wallace did not have track records of prior success, and none of them were top-rated prospects where everyone in the league projected success for them.

    Jimenez, Masterson, and Myers all can point back to times where they not only had success, but were dominant…..and Bauer is a top-rated prospect that every major scout projects to be an ace.

    I get what you are saying, but these are HUGE differences you have to take into account when comparing that.

  • mgbode

    4.5 era in the nl central is not solid. I’m not getting my hopes up on this one

  • FearTheRoo

    Agreed. Most of my reasoning for the comparison is based on potential. Our pitching staff seems to have a lot of potential, I just don’t know if they can live up to it.

  • Jay

    If we could cheer John Rocker when he was here, I’m sure we can cheer for this guy.

  • Jay

    Maybe that will be the new Indians moniker when a Tribe player hits a HR. ‘Boom. Outta Here!’ Or maybe that’s what Tom Hamilton will say when Myers gives up a dinger.

  • WFNY_DP

    Some of us chose not to cheer John Rocker when he was here, what with his 5.45 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. And that he was an arse-clown.

  • @TheDeePagel

    1. The guy is a jerk so if that’s what you pessimism is about I get it.

    2. 4.46 ERA as a starter in 2011, and a 3.14 ERA as a starter in 2010. Both seasons over 200 innings. That is be definition “solid” is it not?

    3. If we don’t count on him to be a savior, but a pitcher who is in between Fausto and Masterson….as a #3 starter….we will be pleasantly surprised.