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Storylines: Indians one of several teams interested in Headley

Storylines: Indians one of several teams interested in Headley
Chase Headley (Photo: AP)
November 26, 2014
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Tribe News:

  • 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:

  • 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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User Comments

Tony
November 29, 2014 - 9:08 AM EST
Joseph's last 30 or so comments have been about the same thing with the same tone. I'm all for letting people speak freely but eventually enough is enough. He shouldn't be posting here much more now.:)
Joseph
November 29, 2014 - 5:12 AM EST
Isn't it clear...they are not interested in Headley,they are not interested in La Roche,they are not interested in Donaldsen,obviously because he is gone, they are not interested in Cruz, they are not interested in Cespedes...simply put ...THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN IMPROVING THE TEAM! However, they are interested in Charles Brewer...WHAT A JOKE!
C L Who
November 27, 2014 - 12:34 PM EST
Move Chis to RF
Urshela to 3b
Sign Van Slyke to platoon with Chis
No Headley or any of the other names being floated now.
Roger
November 26, 2014 - 7:44 PM EST
Tony, in the age of immediate comparisons it seems to me that ChiZ defensive metrics got better as the season went on. I may be wrong however i would like to see fielding percentages monthly to see if he improved as the year went along. everyone is talking about a 25 yr old kid who is as good as he is gonna be i hope at 25 that isnt the case. I am not so sure we should throw the baby out with the bath water. i hope he is spending his off season working hard on his defense repititions of defensive challenges it always pays dividends. I am not saying he can become brooks robinson or craig nettles however if he is adequete defensively and improves as much with the bat it will stop the arm chair managing and hopefully the FO wont go nuts in the off season by tying their hands long term with a contract for a 3b. Urshela could very well be ready, if healthy, if by memorial day he is hitting well in c-bus he doesnt cost anything but major league minimum. i suspect we have bigger problems than 3b, no one saw yan gomes come and he has helped. Young players are hard to predict and chiz is young as is Geo.
Homer
November 26, 2014 - 1:40 PM EST
Walter, coming off of a CY Young Award winning season, with multiple yrs of control and on the cheap Klubers value for the Indians is sky high. Of course, I think the notion any one is available at the right price applies here. The Tribe simply won't be moving Kluber anytime soon. Hypothetically, Klubers value would be as high or similar, I think to any of those pitchers...while he lacks the track record of others, he's a lot cheaper and controllable for a long period.
Homer
November 26, 2014 - 1:36 PM EST
The Indians have traded Scott Barnes to the Orioles for cash per mlbtraderumors.com.
Walter
November 26, 2014 - 10:39 AM EST
Just want to throw a question out to the experts on this site. I am not recommending this, but I was thinking about it. Does Corey Kluber has his highest trade value this off season and would teams over pay to get him if he was available? Does the FA market of Scherzer, Lester and Shields prevents getting maximum value for Kluber?
Homer
November 26, 2014 - 10:07 AM EST
If the Indians signing Headley is contingent upon them moving Swisher it's not gonna happen unless they eat a majority of the deal. However, if it's contingent upon them moving Bourn, it think it's a real possibility. They could simply trade Murphy and a bullpen arm like Bryan Shaw (cost increase, overuse and BP depth) and use those savings (about $8M) toward signing Headley. Next yr, they could revisit trading Swisher and / or Bourn.

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.
Walter
November 26, 2014 - 9:41 AM EST
I guess Brantley, Gomes and Santana are not impact hitters. None of them came through FA market. The impact hitter that the Indians did sign through FA market went south with injuries and poor play. Now we want to see if another team would want him.



Homer
November 26, 2014 - 9:30 AM EST
Yeah this team is filled nothing but bullpen arms and utility players. Bunch of bums they should just move the team, better yet disband them. Maybe Cleveland will get lucky and the Red Sox, Yankees, and Dodgers will want a minor league team in Cleveland. Oh wait, they already have one. Never mind.

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.
Homer
November 26, 2014 - 9:05 AM EST
Really think Kevin Cash is an up and coming coach. Cash is the one who identified Yan Gomes as a player of interest for the Tribe. If he gets the gig I wish him well...except for when they play the Tribe.
John M
November 26, 2014 - 9:02 AM EST
"In order to fit Headley into the budget the Indians would likely also have to trade Nick Swisher."
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.
GSon
November 26, 2014 - 8:15 AM EST
@ Joseph... Instead of beating around the bush.. why don't you let everyone know what you really think...

smh...
Joseph
November 26, 2014 - 5:18 AM EST
Lets not be once again fooled by the hype. We Indian fans know they will not make any significant upgrade to this team (not that Headley is a significant upgrade). We will hear a lot of speculative nonsense for the next few months but all we will get is...players like Charles Brewer..if anything at all. We need an impact hitter...and management knows it. And we know they are not committed enough to bring one in. So again. lets not be fooled by the hype. All Antonetti can do is pick up cheap relievers and utility type players.
Mike
November 26, 2014 - 3:50 AM EST
That is an interesting mix of teams that Jay Bruce will allow a trade to
thomas
November 26, 2014 - 3:46 AM EST
really not thrilled about Headley..Exactly how many "good" years has he had. would rather give Chis another shot and see what happens
Clay
November 26, 2014 - 2:29 AM EST
Going to be a lot of rational and irrational debate about a potential series of moves that will likely need made in order for the Indians to secure Chase Headley. A short term contract would clearly benefit the Indians as it protects them in case of serious regression, but Headley likely will have a strong enough market to secure at least 3 years.

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.
Clay
November 26, 2014 - 2:17 AM EST
Heyman reported that Indians bullpen coach has a stong chance of becoming Tampa Bays new manager. Cited that he is a Tampa native and that he was a finalist before Texas made their hire.

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.

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