You could pretty much fill a game day roster with former Indians who are currently free agents.  Whether you would want to do so is another story.  Some are guys who were on the roster last season and who just entered free agency, while others are definite blasts from the past. I’ve arranged them in three sections: Love to Have Back, Wouldn’t Mind Seeing Again, and Oh, Please No. Who would you want back?

Love to Have Back
Ubaldo Jimenez: We finally got the pitcher we traded for in 2011, however, I’d like more than four months of his services.
Scott Kazmir: How can you not love Kazmir’s comeback? It’d be great to see him repay the faith the Indians showed in him by returning to the club.
Joe Smith: Side arm sinker? 2.29 ERA? Yes, please.

Wouldn’t Mind Seeing Again
Matt Albers: Albers had a 3.14 ERA and 1.270 WHIP over 63 innings. He did a fine job although didn’t set my world on fire. Still, another reliable arm in the bullpen never hurts.
Shin-Soo Choo: Choo still has that cannon arm, and his .285 batting average in Cincinnati was almost identical to his .283 average for us in 2012. However, his OBP was much higher (.423 vs. .373), so he hasn’t lost a step. And don’t you miss yelling “CHOOOOOOOO” into the Progressive Field wind?
Daisuke Matsuzaka: He was only an Indian for a short time, but he may still have something left in the tank. Pitcher Whisperer Mickey Callaway could possibly help him regain some of his old stuff.
Jhonny Peralta: He’s been consistently good for Detroit. If Cabrera is used as trade bait, Peralta could be a good place holder for a year or two until Francisco Lindor is ready.
Bartolo Colon: He’s 40, but he still sported a sub-4.00 ERA the last two seasons.
Jake Westbrook: Oh hell, why not?

Oh, Please No
Trevor Crowe:
Never found his mojo.
Shelley Duncan: I was a big Duncan supporter during 2011 and 2012, and I still like the guy. But I think he’s destined to be a AAAA player. “tis his fate.
Travis Hafner: I still carry a torch for Mommy’s Dirty Little Secret, but the hallmark of the Indians under Francona is versatility. I don’t want to tie up a roster spot for a guy who can only bat (and can’t even do that every day).
Roberto Hernandez : He sported a 4.89 ERA and a .316 win percentage for Tampa Bay last year. While his 1.336 WHIP was the third-lowest of his career, I can’t see him wanting to come back to the scene of the crime.
Casey Kotchman: His line the year before we got him: .306 AVG/.378 OBP/.422 SLG. That was the best year of his career. For us, he his .229/.280/.333. Not the numbers you need from your first baseman.
Rich Hill: 6.28 ERA, 1.733 WHIP over 38.2 innings. No, thank you.
Jason Kubel: A career .264 hitter, with a few good seasons and some crappy ones. We got one of the crappy ones.
Brent Lillibridge: I feel for the guy, I really do. His .216 batting average for Cleveland was the highest he had on any of the 7 teams he’s been with over the last two seasons. He always looked miserable while he was here.
Chris Perez: That ship has sailed.
Mark Reynolds: He was brilliant at the plate for a while there, but we need better than the .918 fielding percentage he gave us at 3rd.
Kelly Shoppach: We have a plethora of catchers, and some of them can even hit.
Grady Sizemore: We’ve had the return for old time’s sake in 2012. Enough.



  • Cale says:

    Choo is going to get way overpaid. He should be a platoon player. I actually platooned him on my fantasy team, even. He hit .215 with 0 HRs and 8 RBIs in 181 ABs against lefties and .317 with 21 HRs and 46 RBIs against righties. His defense would probably justify him playing against lefties, but he really can’t hit them at all.

    • medfest says:

      His defense?He was the worst center fielder in baseball last season.He played right field in Cleveland like he had the wrong contacts in.He’s got a great arm but he’s a lousy outfielder.

      He’s definitely a platoon player and will be way overpaid.

  • Chris Burnham says:

    Hmmmmmm… Jhonny? I dunno… Especially considering that he wants more than $14 million a year.

  • Cale says:

    Looks like some late news tonight, Joe Smith gets 3 years, $15M form the Angels and Peralta with a 4 year deal from the Cards (dollars still unknown, but sounds like a $52M or more).

  • Susan Petrone says:

    Say it ain’t so, Joe…

  • James Edgar says:

    I hate players who hire Boras as an agent. I don’t want to get lumped in with the rest of wealth-envious America, but c’mon, man. When a team offers you $15,000,000, why is getting $15,000,001 so bloody important? That’s how Boras negotiates. “Doesn’t matter if the team took a chance on you, gave you a shot when nobody else would, treated you like a king even when you weren’t playing well, or anything else. We will not accept 1 penny less than the absolute maximum dollar amount any team can possibly give. Cleveland is a development team. You’re worth $50 million, according to me. They won’t give you any more than $40 million. How dare they? Screw them. Let’s go talk to the Yankees, Angels, and Red Sox.” On the news over the past few months, I’ve seen a few clips of people falling, or getting shoved, off the platform in front of an approaching subway train. Somebody do that to Boras, please….

    • The Doctor says:

      it is baffling to me that boras hasn’t been somehow sanctioned by the league for publicly complaining that there are teams that don’t want to spend money on his players. the man is a fungus.