5 Relievers the Cleveland Indians Should Pursue This Winter

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5 Relievers the Cleveland Indians Should Pursue This Winter
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The Cleveland Indians could be in line to make a big splash in free agency this offseason. Although the free-agent pool is rather weak, the Indians could still make a big impact given their low salary commitments for the 2014 season—$49.28 million according to baseballprospectus.com.

The team's biggest need looks to be consistent production from third base, however, the current free-agent crop at the position is even more uninspiring than current Tribe third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.

For that reason, the Indians should look to bolster their bullpen depth this offseason. The Indians bullpen struggled at times in 2013 and ranked near the middle of the pack in bullpen measurables.

Bullpen splits IP ERA WHIP K/9 K/BB BAa OBPa SLGa SV%
AL Rank 4 8 10 7 12 6 11 5 13

If you look at the two teams left standing in the MLB Playoffs—St. Louis and Boston—both possess one thing that the Indians lacked in 2013, and that's a reliable, high-quality bullpen. Despite injuries to Boston's Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey and St. Louis' closer Jason Motte, the two clubs were able to put together quality units which helped them make deep playoff runs.

If the Indians hope to take another step forward in 2014, they'll need to shore up their shaky bullpen. This could be accomplished by pursuing some of the names on this list.

So, with that said, here are five relievers that the Indians should pursue this offseason.


Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com, unless otherwise noted.

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