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.