After reports surfaced the Cleveland Indians had been in contact with representatives for Baltimore Orioles free agent starting pitcher Jason Hammel, ESPN’s Buster Olney already has them out on the right hander.
Jason Hammel’s price went up, so the Indians are looking elsewhere. Cleveland could wait longer to see what develops in starting pitching.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 9, 2013
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti is always working to try to maximize value and get as much bang for the Indians’ buck as possible with a relatively small budget, so whether it is just a negotiating tactic or not remains to be seen, the Indians appear to be looking elsewhere for help in their starting rotation.
With the losses of Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez, the Indians need to bolster their pitching, even with young arms Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer hopefully able to contribute in a full service manner this season. At this point, it is unclear which direction the Indians will go to address the issue.