Storylines: Indians one of several teams interested in Headley
- According to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, the Indians have been in contact with free agent third baseman Chase Headley. It is uncertain whether a formal has been made, but the Indians are one of several teams showing interest in him. According to Castrovince’s source, Headley is in the process of weeding out potential suitors so it would seem that any formal offers have yet to be presented by anyone. If the Indians signed Headley it would mean that Lonnie Chisenhall would have to move to another positon or could be used as a trade chip this offseason. In order to fit Headley into the budget the Indians would likely also have to trade Nick Swisher, so any Headley deal would be very complex and require other moves in order to get it done. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the talk in the industry is Headley could get a four year deal north of $48 million. The Indians would prefer two years, so if he indeed gets four years from someone you can pretty much guarantee it won’t be from the Indians.
Other News and Notes:
- Jon Heyman from CBS Sports reports that the Giants have casted a wide net and are in talks with several big name free agents such as Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, Nelson Cruz, Yasmany Tomas and Chase Headley. They have also contacted Nick Markakis, Melky Cabrera, Torii Hunter, and Justin Masterson, and they have checked in on Justin Upton’s availability with the Braves.
- The Red Sox are looking to sign or acquire at least two pitchers and have Jon Lester and James Shieldsin their sites. They also have some interest in a possible trade for Cole Hamels.
- Jon Lester is not only getting interest from the Red Sox, but the Cubs and Giants are hot on his trail as well. A report from Dave Kaplan of CSNChicago.com says the cubs have already offered him over $135 million and are willing to go six years.
- The Mariners are looking to add a middle of the order right-handed bat and have a lot of interest in free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. If they are unable to sign Cruz they may turn their attention to Justin Upton of the Braves, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers and Yoenis Cespedes of the Red Sox.
- Jay Bruce has been rumored to be on the trade block, though he has a limited no-trade clause where he can veto a trade to the following eight teams: Athletics, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Rays, Red Sox, Twins and Yankees.
- The Rangers have shown some interest in acquiring outfielder Michael Saunders from the Mariners.
- Right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia is drawing some early interest from several teams, most notably the Rockies.
- Right-handed pitcher Lucas Harrell has signed a $900K deal with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization.
- Right-handed pitcher Diasuke Matsuzaka is reportedly looking to return to Japan and sign with a team in the Nippon Professional Baseball League.
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Urshela to 3b
Sign Van Slyke to platoon with Chis
No Headley or any of the other names being floated now.
The Indians will sign or trade for a qlty player like Headley, Cespedes, or Bruce, it only seems to be a matter of time before the chips start to fall into place. I think they are one / two players from being serious WS contenders next yr. That might mean adding a FA like Alex Rios or Torii Hunter on a short term deal, and a bullpen arm like Luke Gregerson / KRod and getting lucky with a rebound candidate SP like Justin Masterson / Brandon Morrow / Chad Billingsley / Josh Johnson and others to get there. This team doesn't have to be perfect, they have qlty SP and a deep BP, but they need to add depth to the lineup and fill the hole in RF. Let me put it this way, I think they can a WS with Chisenhall on the field whether it be at 3b, RF or even LF.
This team is in better position than it has been for a number of years. Frankly, they could go into next season with the club they have RIGHT NOW and win 90 games and compete for the AL Penant, because they have qlty SP and a talented and deep bullpen. My three yr old can see they need another hitter....that doesn't mean they should add some premier FA .......... Fill in the blank. It has to fit short term and long term. It is that simple, they will make some additions, but it has to fit.
Every single team in baseball makes moves like Charles Brewer, since people are clamoring about the Red Sox did you notice they claimed Juan Francisco off of waivers from the Jays? You know that utility guy that bats .160 against left handed pitching. Btw, they already designated him for assignment. Singling out one (Brewer) transaction is ridiculous - it's not the only or the largest move of the offseason. We aren't even to the winter meetings. Haven't really seen big spenders like the Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees, Phillies, Angels, etc. do much. Id rather see the Indians maintain financial flexibility then sign the next Swisher or Bourn.
Enough said, Headley not coming, because Swisher's not going...
I keep beating the Will Middlebrooks drum. Right handed, better glove than Chiz, will end up hitting about the same from the other side.
I'm intrigued with the potential upgrade defense he would bring at 3rd, but with Urshela waiting in the wings so to speak I totally understand not breaking the bank here. Although Headley would present an opportunity to deal from an area of strength, possibly including Urshela in a trade for another piece. (Obviously I'm not talking about this winter, but after he shows his knee is better in season). Or have Urshela in Columbus for another season or 2 until he either forces his way into the mix or flames out.
Or more realistic, the Indians are just doing due dilligence and crossing all their T's.
Kind of rooting for him, but also hope he sticks around in a selfish kind of way. At least it isn't Micky Callaway though.