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 2013 1 .
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. [back]