One of the central goals of the Indians’ offseason plans was to improve their dreadful starting rotation from 2012. While the team was expected to be a player for some of the second-tier free agents, the name Brett Myers was a surprise to fans when he inked a one-year, $7 million deal with Cleveland this week.
Myers, a 32-year-old who spent 2012 as a reliever with the Astros and White Sox, brings a reliable reputation as a solid innings-eater to Terry Francona’s club. He will easily be the most experienced pitcher on the team’s roster in 20131.
But this Myers deal is as potentially helpful as it is intriguing. First thing is first: The Indians starting rotation truly was awful last season. As I broke down previously, they ranked 13th in the AL and 28th in MLB with a 5.25 ERA. So practically anything would be an improvement. But what exactly brought Myers to Cleveland and what could we expect this coming season? [Read more...]
- He has 1,688.2 career innings pitched in 11 seasons. Justin Masterson is second with 1,093.0 IP in seven years. [↩]