You thought the Cleveland Indians were done after they signed Edwin Encarnacion to a club-record deal? Ha! You thought the Indians were done after they signed Austin Jackson to a minor-league deal that could be worth as much as $5.5 million? Ha!
But really, the Indians might be done now. They’ve added another excellent reliever to their already-stacked bullpen. If there was any weakness left on the Indians’ staff, it was lefty relief outside of Andrew Miller. They addressed that by signing Boone Logan, a 6’5”, 200-pound lefty who managed to stay relevant pitching on Colorado.
Also, the Milwaukee Brewers claimed Jesus Aguilar.
Source: Indians further bolster bullpen with Logan | MLB
There was a time this offseason when it seemed like any reliever who could get a ball over a plate would make $50 million easy, but that apparently is not the case in 2017. The Indians got Logan on a very club-friendly deal: $5.5 million with a $7 million club option for 2018.
Brewers claim Triple-A homer champ Aguilar | MLB
When the Indians signed Richie Shaffer and designated Jesus Aguilar for assignment, some thought he might make it through waivers and hang on in the Indians organization. That is apparently not the case, as the Brewers are taking a shot on the 26-year-old slugger.
Around the league
- Jose Canseco probably didn’t pretend to be his brother, Ozzie Canseco, to get extra at-bats with the Oakland Athletics. But I want to believe.
- More and more smart baseball people believe the Cardinals got off extremely easy in their punishment for hacking the Astros.
- Under Armor is about to become MLB’s official outfitter. They also have terrible credit, apparently.
- Reddit user NLRD dug up a top-100 prospect list from 2007. Five Indians prospects made the list: Adam Miller (23), Chuck Lofgen (Indians), Trevor Crowe (64), Brian Barton (86).