Brett Myers is healthy after missing four months with an elbow injury, but the Indians decided they don’t want him around for September and released the veteran right-hander.
Myers signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Indians and moved back into the rotation after spending last season as a reliever. It went horribly, as Myers allowed 19 runs in 21 innings before being shut down in mid-April. And that was all the Indians got for their money.
Myers is still just 33 years old and was very successful as a reliever last season, throwing 65 innings with a 3.31 ERA and 19 saves. His next job will probably be in the bullpen and for a whole lot less than $7 million.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.