The Indians showed patience and stealth last offseason when they waited until February to sign free agent outfielder Michael Bourn to a four-year $48 million contract. At the start of the offseason, Bourn was said to be in line for a $75 million to $80 million payday. There is no way the Indians could play in that league, but they were persistent, staying in touch with agent Scott Boras through the winter until they became Bourn’s last best option on Feb. 15. They are trying to do the same thing this offseason with the emphasis on adding a front-of-the-rotation starter at below the sticker price. They are not in the market for another shot-in-the-dark veteran like Brett Myers. The Indians like their rotation of Justin Masterson, Danny Salazar, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and a free-for-all for the fifth spot among Josh Tomlin, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Shaun Marcum. Why would they add a Myers-type arm to that group when Tomlin, Carrasco, Bauer or Marcum could be better? OK, so let’s take the conversation uptown to Masahiro Tanaka’s neighborhood. The Indians have been in contact with Casey Close, Tanaka’s agent, and could very well be meeting with the Japanese right-hander over the next few days following his arrival in Los Angeles on Wednesday. They’re going to have to take a number because just about every team, with the probable exception of the pitching-rich Red Sox, Rays and Cardinals, have meetings scheduled with the 6-2, 205-pounder.
Cleveland Indians willing to wait for starting pitcher of their choice
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jan 10