John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE
The last significant White Sox free agent finds a home in Cleveland's rotation.
The last of the key White Sox free agents found a home elsewhere, but the White Sox will still see plenty of him.
Brett Myers will pitch for the Cleveland Indians after signing a one-year deal with a club option (pending a physical, of course), and the Indians intend to use him as a starter. His salary has yet to be announced or discovered, but when it comes to one-year contracts for a team in Cleveland's situation, it doesn't really matter if it's $4 million or $12 million for practical purposes.
The Indians could certainly use starters, as their starters posted a collective ERA of 5.25. Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Zach McAllister are the "top" three starters, and Trevor Bauer and a mess of AAAA guys are other starting candidates, so Myers should save Terry Francona a headache, provided he can stick as an AL starter.
That's not a given, considering he went 7-14 with a 4.48 ERA (85 ERA+) for Houston in his most recent year as a starter. His strikeout rate dropped below six per nine innings, even as a effective reliever, so there are reasons to doubt whether it can hold up over six innings at a time. That's the most pressing reason to find out what he's getting paid, because it'll be interesting to see what the market settled on for a starter with these question marks.
With such a crowded Hall of Fame ballot, guys who might have received 5 percent of the vote will be lucky to get a few tips of the cap. So Joe Posnanski comes in and gives each of the likely one-and-done candidates a brief tribute, and this is one of the areas where he really excels.
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Scott Boras is a master at pulling off the megadeal when everybody thinks the market has painted him into a corner, but Jeff Passan he faces his stiffest test yet thanks to the CBA's new qualifying offer rule, which, combined with the spending rules in the draft, creates quite a conundrum for teams interested in Boras clients like Michael Bourn, Kyle Lohse or Rafael Soriano.
I was disappointed to find out this was a minor-league deal, but if Tejada can make it to the majors, the contract will be worth $1.1 million.
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