Indians release Brett Myers
August 29, 2013
The Brett Myers era in Cleveland is officially over. On Thursday afternoon the club announced that they activated the right-hander from the 60-day disabled list and released him from his contract.
Myers, 32, made just four appearances for the Indians this season going 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA (21.1 IP, 29 H, 10 HR, 5 BB, 12 K). He struggled all spring training and during the first few weeks of the season with his velocity and command before he was shut down with a right elbow injury.
Myers attempted a comeback in June but had to be shut down when he suffered a setback. He recently had been pitching on a rehab assignment in the minors, but the Indians released him rather than activating him and having to add him back as an active member of the 40-man roster and lose a player.
The Indians signed Myers to a one year $7 million contract in the offseason hoping he would provide innings and be a consistent starter for the rotation. There have been grumblings over the past few months that Myers and the Indians did not see eye to eye with his injury, so this is a move that comes as no surprise. He is now a free agent and free to sign with any team.
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The main point is, the Indians' biggest miss has been the drafting and developing of their own players. They've probably been about average or so in signings over the years, and they've likely been above-average in trades than most years. Yes, the Sabathia-Lee trades haven't produced much (Brantley, and Carrasco, who there's still hope for), but look at all the ones you named, plus the Rogers-Aviles-Gomes trade. Even with Bauer's struggles, you still got several pieces for a guy that was not a cornerstone and was not going to remain here beyond this season anyway (Choo). Really, the trades have largely worked- not trading Cabrera when they had the chance was probably the biggest miss in trades in my opinion, especially of late.
Main point: All teams miss from time to time (look at the Yankees trading Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda, who still hasn't pitched for them. How about the Tigers trading John Smoltz for Doyle Alexander?). The real key is for the Indians to draft better and develop these players into solid or better regulars. As mentioned before, this is only the beginning- if the Indians play .500 the rest of the way, the Indians would win between 85-90 games in 2013, a 17-22 game improvement, no small feat. Add in reinforcements for 2014, combined with some better health and luck (both of which have largely graced the Tigers in 2013), and the Indians should be well-positioned to really make a run at the Central next year, with the Wild Card also in sight.
just wondering why the Indians can miss so bad.
look at Atlanta and st Louis, rosters full of players you've never heard of yet they have two of the best records in baseball... why? they scout and draft well, Cleveland, well, we scout and miss, draft and miss, trade and miss...
I think we missed