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Indians release Brett Myers

Indians release Brett Myers
August 29, 2013
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The Brett Myers era in Cleveland is officially over. On Thursday afternoon the club announced that they activated the right-hander from the 60-day disabled list and released him from his contract.

Myers, 32, made just four appearances for the Indians this season going 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA (21.1 IP, 29 H, 10 HR, 5 BB, 12 K). He struggled all spring training and during the first few weeks of the season with his velocity and command before he was shut down with a right elbow injury.

Myers attempted a comeback in June but had to be shut down when he suffered a setback. He recently had been pitching on a rehab assignment in the minors, but the Indians released him rather than activating him and having to add him back as an active member of the 40-man roster and lose a player.

The Indians signed Myers to a one year $7 million contract in the offseason hoping he would provide innings and be a consistent starter for the rotation. There have been grumblings over the past few months that Myers and the Indians did not see eye to eye with his injury, so this is a move that comes as no surprise. He is now a free agent and free to sign with any team.

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User Comments

August 29, 2013 - 11:25 PM EDT
You win some, and you lose some. The Indians obviously blew it with Reynolds and Myers, but then again there is a reason they only got one year deals to begin with. They were risks from the start and it is what you expect when you sign one year deals. I think it is tough for anyone to be upset with the Swisher/Bourn deals as a great, great many people were in love with those deals when they were announced. I still think they were worth it. Now, the Reynolds/Myers signings are certainly up for criticism.....and there were just as many against those signings as there were for it when they were announced.....maybe even more.
Joe Chengery
August 29, 2013 - 11:05 PM EDT
Last comment, it should say, "above-average in trades than most TEAMS."
Joe Chengery
August 29, 2013 - 11:03 PM EDT
Larry, every team misses from time to time, depending on how far you want to go back, even Atlanta and St. Louis (recall the Jermaine Dye for Keith Lockhart deal? Royals traded Lockhart for Dye, and we both know who was the better player and who got the better end of that deal. Atlanta got some other player that didn't amount to much either).

The main point is, the Indians' biggest miss has been the drafting and developing of their own players. They've probably been about average or so in signings over the years, and they've likely been above-average in trades than most years. Yes, the Sabathia-Lee trades haven't produced much (Brantley, and Carrasco, who there's still hope for), but look at all the ones you named, plus the Rogers-Aviles-Gomes trade. Even with Bauer's struggles, you still got several pieces for a guy that was not a cornerstone and was not going to remain here beyond this season anyway (Choo). Really, the trades have largely worked- not trading Cabrera when they had the chance was probably the biggest miss in trades in my opinion, especially of late.

Main point: All teams miss from time to time (look at the Yankees trading Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda, who still hasn't pitched for them. How about the Tigers trading John Smoltz for Doyle Alexander?). The real key is for the Indians to draft better and develop these players into solid or better regulars. As mentioned before, this is only the beginning- if the Indians play .500 the rest of the way, the Indians would win between 85-90 games in 2013, a 17-22 game improvement, no small feat. Add in reinforcements for 2014, combined with some better health and luck (both of which have largely graced the Tigers in 2013), and the Indians should be well-positioned to really make a run at the Central next year, with the Wild Card also in sight.
Larry Dolan's Wallet
August 29, 2013 - 6:33 PM EDT
uh oh, nick u went there? im hoping that was a slip of the tongue, surely u don't want to break down all the trades (and signings) the Indians have made the last few years... yes, we have had some great ones, like the asdrubals, the choos, the Aviles and gomes, but how bout the deals where we traded 2 cy young winners for only one guy on the 40 man roster? nevermind the ubaldo deal which gave us what, maybe 6 months of decent pitching over three years. and signings art, yeah we hit the lottery on raburn and kazmir, but what bout years of david dellucci, shelley Duncan, johnny damon, trot Nixon, Austin kearns, travis buck and all these other signings that went nowhere... heck even the swisher signing (the largest in team history by the way) has pretty much blow up in our faces. sure swisher has been hot lately, but 15 a year for .240 with 15 homers and 60 rbi...
just wondering why the Indians can miss so bad.
look at Atlanta and st Louis, rosters full of players you've never heard of yet they have two of the best records in baseball... why? they scout and draft well, Cleveland, well, we scout and miss, draft and miss, trade and miss...
I think we missed
August 29, 2013 - 5:11 PM EDT
@Larry, same time you hold him accountable for trading Esmil Rogers for a stud like Yan Gomes & Mike Aviles
August 29, 2013 - 4:42 PM EDT
Well, you can also take the perspective that Scott Kazmir and Ryan Raburn have given the Indians the productivity that was originally hoped for from Brett Myers and Mark Reynolds.
Larry Dolan's Wallet
August 29, 2013 - 3:27 PM EDT
7 million well spent... add that to the Reynolds signing of 6 million for half a season... when are we gonna hold Shapiro and antonetti accountable for these complete trainwrecks?

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