The Indians need a closer after releasing Chris Perez on Oct. 31. With the free agent market still gathering itself, the Indians have spent a lot of time talking about their own pitchers as possible replacements. Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw are the names most mentioned, but they aren’t limiting themselves to internal options only. GM Chris Antonetti is scheduled to talk to agent Dan Lozano about two of his clients, closers Fernando Rodney and Brian Wilson. Rodney went 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 37 saves in 45 chances for the Rays. Wilson, rebounding from two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow, made 18 appearances for the Dodgers, going 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA in a set-up role. In the postseason, Wilson went 1-0 in six scoreless appearances. Rodney made $2.5 million this year, but his price tag is expected to soar. The Dodgers signed Wilson as a free agent on July 30 for a reported $1 million. He made $8.5 million with the Giants in 2012 when he appeared in only two games after saving 160 games from 2008 through 2011.
Indians will kick tires on closers Fernando Rodney, Brian Wilson
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Nov 13