MLB Rumors: Indians expressing interest in closers Rodney and Wilson

Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti is scheduled to talk to agent Dan Lozano about two of his clients, closers Fernando Rodney and Brian Wilson. This report comes from Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Indians released Chris Perez the day after the World Series came to a close and are reportedly considering Rookie of the Year vote-earner Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw as in-house replacements. This report signals that the team is also willing to look to the free agent market.

Rodney took a step back 2013, posting a 3.38 ERA while blowing eight saves for the Tampa Bay Rays. Wilson, most noteably known for his beard and time spent with the San Francisco Giants, posted a 0.66 ERA in 18 appearances with the Dodgers this year after making it back from Tommy John surgery. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the deep-pocketed Detroit Tigers are also interested in Wilson.

Both players have a solid chance to land multi-year contracts in free agency. How large these deals are—and what the Indians are willing to spend on a closer after whiffing on Kerry Wood just a few years back—remains to be seen.

[Related: MLB News: Indians manager Terry Francona named A.L. Manager of the Year]

  • saggy


  • Kildawg

    Only if they want 3-5 million a year on a 1 year deal with possible option for 2nd year. Saves arbitration money on Shaw and Allen long-term.

  • Matt underwood

    Give the $$ to Kazmir masterson or Jimenez instead

  • Bob T

    Pass pass pass

  • @TheDeePagel

    Quick question for you Scott….

    With the rumors swirling that the Cardinalsare looking to trade for a “young controllable shortstop” many people have linked the Indians as players if they are willing to trade Cabrera and have Aviles hold down SS until Lindor is ready. However, with Cabrera’s down year the Cardinals may not be interested anymore.

    So, what if we switched gears?

    Would you be willing to trade Lindor to the Cardinals if it could land Shelby Miller?

    Then we lock up Masterson, and look to build a rotation with Masterson, Miller, Bauer, Salazar and McAllister/Kluber….

    Sounds pretty strong to me.

  • JHop

    I yearn for the day the Indians can also be referred to as a “deep-pocketed” franchise.

  • JHop

    Would much rather do Cabrera for just one of those two. Even in a down year Cabrera is a significant upgrade to Kozma at SS for the Cardinals.

  • @TheDeePagel

    But there is no chance Cardinals do Cabrera for Miller.

  • JHop

    It’s all a matter of supply and demand. Cardinals have too much starting pitching talent, and not enough infield help. If they strike out on their primary offseason options (Tulowitzki, Hardy, Andrus, etc.), then they will be in a bind, making Cabrera all the more valuable.