Apparently, the Indians have a Plan B in case of Nick Swisher signing elsewhere. It's Edwin Jackson.
That's all very well and good, but it would still leave a black hole in right field.
And that Kendry Morales speculation? Wishful thinking. He's now a Mariner, traded for Jason Vargas. All the spin was that the Angels wanted an innings-eating starter, something the Indians did not happen to have in surplus.
Say hello to Joe Martinez and Brian Jeroloman. They'll be wearing Indians uniforms in Goodyear, having received minor league deals with Spring Training invites. Jeroloman - the next Luke Carlin. Martinez - pitching depth. You may remember Martinez spent 2011 with the Clippers.
Back to Nick Swisher: Apparently, up to 6 teams may be courting Swisher:
Nick Swisher has 2 offers on the table; at least 3-4 more teams still in the mix. Teams don't appear hesitant about losing the draft pick.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 20, 2012
Assuming that Swisher left Cleveland with an offer, that means he has one offer from another team and up to 4 more teams that are "in the mix." One of those other teams is likely the Rangers, who are talking to Pier$%QW% and Cody Ross as well.
And the lower tier starting pitchers keep coming off the table. The Cubs have apparently signed Carlos Villanueva:
Cubs agree with villanueva— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 19, 2012
Still hoping the Indians can move Asdrubal Cabrera? A St. Louis writer looks at the free agent middle infield market, and it's pretty bleak if you are a team needing middle infield production.
The floor is now open for today's news, rumors, speculations, and wishes.