The Indians are worried that outfielder Michael Brantley could miss a significant amount of time due to a shoulder injury, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Brantley was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut in late April after undergoing offseason surgery, but he played in only 11 games before landing back on the DL.
Brantley’s offseason surgery repaired a torn labrum. He underwent an MRI in mid-May which showed no new structural damage. When Brantley is healthy, he is one of the most dynamic players in the game, as he posted an .890 OPS with 6.8 WAR in 2014, then followed up with an .859 OPS and led the league with 45 doubles last year.
In Brantley’s absence, the Indians have been using Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez in left field with Tyler Naquin handling center field.
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.