Cleveland signed Brett Myers as a starter this offseason after the right-hander spent last season as a full-time reliever and now he might be moving back to the bullpen. Whenever he gets healthy, that is.
Myers is on the disabled list with an elbow injury and recently had to put his minor-league rehab assignment on hold following a setback.
Terry Francona told Mark Emery of MLB.com that the Indians still view Myers as a starter, but added: “I guess if it ever got to the point where we thought he could handle being a reliever, maybe that’s something we would look at, just out of common sense.”
Pitching one inning at a time might help Myers stay healthy, but beyond that he was getting knocked around as a starter before being shut down. Myers has had success in both roles during his career, shifting pretty seamlessly back and forth, so it may simply come down to how confident the Indians feel in Scott Kazmir and Corey Kluber.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.