Right-handed reliever Bryan Shaw is not expected to return to the Indians in 2018, writes Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com. The problem isn’t with Shaw’s performance, but with his price tag, as Hoynes projects the righty to command upwards of a three-year, $24 million deal in free agency.
Shaw, 29, has been the picture of health and consistency for the Indians since 2013. He made 79 appearances in 2017, tied with the Royals’ Peter Moylan for most in the league, and developed a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 over 76 2/3 innings. Not only did he manage to stay off the disabled list, a place he’s never found himself during seven years in the majors, but he returned in October to help the Indians battle through a tough matchup in the ALDS. The team was ultimately overpowered by the Yankees in Game 5, but Shaw shined on the mound, striking out five batters over six innings of four-hit, one-run ball.
It’s expensive to retain the second-best bullpen in baseball, and the Indians know it. As Hoynes notes, Cody Allen and Andrew Miller alone will claim $20 million in 2018. Bringing that total up to $28 million for three relievers isn’t feasible, at least not for the foreseeable future. Despite their financial limitations, however, the team realizes what a special talent they have with Shaw — and the feeling appears to be mutual. “He is so reliable,” manager Terry Francona told reporters Wednesday. “And if he’s not in our bullpen, it will probably take two guys to do what he did. It’s amazing.”
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.