While the Tribe welcomes super-sub David Murphy (which may make Drew Stubbs very nervous) to Cleveland, it’s pretty much business as usual as the Indians wait out the headliner tier of free-agency. But there are former Indians on the move in both the executive offices as well as on the field that you might find interesting.
- As the saying goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” So as it goes, Hart was hired on Friday as a special assistant to Braves GM Frank Wren. Hart spent 2002-5 as the GM of the Rangers and the next eight seasons as a special assistant to current Rangers GM Jon Daniels. Hart will remain as an analyst for the MLB Network.
- The Indians have lost a steady hand in the bullpen with Joe Smith signing with the Angels for three years, $15 million. Smith was thought of as an in-house dark horse candidate for the closer spot, so this couldn’t have been an easy parting for the Indians. In his five-year tenure with the Tribe, Smith was 18-11 with a sparkling 2.76 ERA.
- Former Indian Jhonny Peralta wants crazy money, so the Tigers took his limited defensive range and off-field baggage off of their books. But as fortuitous as things are, he appears headed to the mecca of baseball in St. Louis.
(Turns out my timeline on Wren’s tenure was incorrect as I completely blew that bit of info. Thanks to Ryan McCrystal for pointing it out. The lesson as always, folks, always double-check your info before posting.)