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Indians to Sign Veteran Starting Pitcher Brett Myers

32-year old will compete for number 4 or 5 spot in the Indians’ rotation

 

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The Cleveland Indians have been searching for another arm to fill out their shaky starting rotation, and they may have found their man in 32-year old Brett Myers, who is expected to sign a contract with the team on Wednesday following a physical. Myers spent last season with the Astros and White Sox where he posted a combined 3-8 record with a 3.31 ERA in 70 games and 65.1 innings of work. Myers spent the bulk of the year as Houston’s closer, saving 19 games for the ball club before being sent to the White Sox where he pitched out of the bullpen. Myers went 3-4 with a 3.29 ERA for Chicago, pitching 34.2 innings in 35 games.

Myers last started in 2011 as a member of the Astros’ rotation; he posted a 7-14 record with a 4.36 ERA but he was pitching for one of the worst teams in baseball. In 2010, Myers had a breakout season, going 14-8 with a 3.10 ERA; the Indians will count on those numbers to return this season as they hope that Myers will bring some leadership to a very young rotation that struggled mightily during the 2012 campaign. With the signing, the make-up of the Tribe’s 2013 rotation looks to be shaping up like this: Justin Masterson will likely lead the rotation coming out of spring training followed up by number two man Ubaldo Jimenez. Carlos Carrasco (provided that he is fully recovered from Tommy John Surgery) is expected to win the third spot, and Brett Myers and Zach McAllister will round out the fourth and fifth spots. The Indians may not be finished in their hunt for another arm, and they also have youngsters Jeanmar Gomez, Corey Kluber and David Huff who could compete for a spot in the starting five this spring as well.

 

 

By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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