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Obviously, players are going to realize it depressing free agent value of not quite great players. If you have a chance to land a Pujols or Verlander level player losing a draft pick is an after thought.
Eh. He's on a 1/6 deal, I doubt Cle is going to coddle him. Much more important to keep Swisher, Bourn and Brantley happy.
Stubbs (or Brantley) is rumored to be on the trade block.
Seems to make more sense for Reynolds to DH and Swisher to move to 1B.
Stubbs would make a nice platoon partner for Joyce.
They lost Upton, and as far as I can recall the only outfielder they have added is Myers.
Wouldn't getting a young SP be more important to Cle than worrying about DH?
need to worry about DH
The two guys who had the best SLG on the team are gone, and they've really only replaced one of them.
Again, I think the Indians will be better off not having to rely on Giambi having something in the tank or on someone like McGuiness or Phelps stepping up, and trading Stubbs or Brantley at this point means that they'd have to rely on just that (unless they get a power corner bat in return).
And if Stubbs is the type of player with situational strengths and weaknesses, Maddon would be the right guy to deploy him.
Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS
#indians plan is for swisher to play 1B (& some OF), reynolds to DH (& some 1B/3B). not "looking to move" stubbs/brantley
Jim Thome is waiting for a call
But for his career he's awful, and getting worse. It's very possible that pitchers have just "figured out" a player with poor strike-zone judgement. His BB% is falling, and his K% rising.
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