The Cleveland Indians need help in their starting rotation if they plan to contend again in 2014. That may or may not come in the form of Ubaldo Jimenez‘s return to town. But if it doesn’t, should the Indians explore low-risk type guys for the rotation?
For example, should they take a flier on a guy like veteran lefty Johan Santana? He could be a low risk, significant reward candidate. It doesn’t sound like it’s a fit for what the Indians are looking for, though.
Paul Hoynsie of the Northeast Ohio Media Group writes the following:
I’m sure the Indians have inquired about Santana, but I get the impression they’re interested in a healthier arm. The two-time Cy Young winner didn’t pitch at all last season after tearing his left shoulder capsule for the second time in three years and requiring surgery.”
The Minnesota Twins appear to remain the front-runners to reunite with Santana and give him a chance to make a comeback.
The Indians have tried to maneuver some pieces around this off-season to create cap space, trading Drew Stubbs to the Colorado Rockies and signing John Axford to a cheap deal to close games. That still does not leave them in a position to sign Jimenez to the kind of money he desires, so it will be interesting to see what other healthy arms they can find to fit their situation.