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.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.