Every day you'll find a look back at the 2014 season for one of the Indians or their key prospects, as we sort out what happened and what it means for the franchise going forward.
- Position: Right-handed relief pitcher
- Age: 26
- Acquired: trade, 12-11-2012 (three-way deal with Arizona and Cincinnati)
- Contract Status: Arbitration-eligible
2014 Grade: B+
It is a truisim that a good reliever inevitably becomes a tired or injured reliever, victims of their own success. Bryan Shawn has pitched in an average of 70 innings over the past three years, and in an average of 71 games. Those are among the highest among in relievers in baseball, and although Shaw has shown the ability to pitch well when he's used often, often that workload manifests itself in either reduced effectiveness or injury. Perhaps that will show up next year, or won't show up until Shaw has signed a free agent contract with someone else, but whenever you see a reliever throw that many innings in a season you worry about what he'll be like the following year.
Shaw is eligible for arbitration for the first time, and should be getting a fairly sizable raise. The Indians have been reluctant to sign relievers to multi-year contracts, and I don't see that changing here.