Indians CEO Paul Dolan sat down with Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and talked about how the season just went off the rails. And he didn’t mince words:
“That was probably the most disappointing stretch of baseball in our tenure [as owners],” Dolan said. “It was so dismal. It changed the entire season. We had an opportunity to make up some ground in attendance. We were set up for a drive for the playoffs … I have never seen a season unravel like that in such a short stretch,” Dolan added. “Our pitching just collapsed. It was so painful.”
He went on to give votes of confidence to Manny Acta and GM Chris Antonetti. But he also noted that the financial state of the team is “not particularly good,” and saying “[w]e had budgeted a substantial loss for this year. It is likely to be greater than we expected.” But noted that payroll for next year will be about the same and that “we can handle it.”
Just a dreary time to be an Indians fan.
The Rockies have signed free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond for five years and $70 million.
Desmond, 31, played his first season as a full-time outfielder with the Rangers in 2016. Before that he was the Nationals shortstop. He’ll almost certainly be an outfielder in Colorado, or else will play first base, as the Rockies have Trevor Story at short. Desmond hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 677 plate appearances, though he was much, much better in the first half than the second half.
The Rangers had placed a qualifying offer on him which he rejected, so the Rockies will have to give up their first round pick in the 2017 draft, which is 11th overall. That’s the highest pick a team can surrender under the qualifying offer system, as the first ten picks in the draft are protected.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed lefty Jeff Locke. Terms have yet to be disclosed.
Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127.3 innings in 2016. He’s just 29 and, even if he’s never been super great or anything, he has pitched better in the past, posting a career 4.16 ERA before last season.