The Cleveland Indians offense has been solid so far this
season, scoring the fifth-most runs in the majors. However, the team’s pitching
staff hasn’t experienced the same success. For this reason, the Indians are
seeking starting pitching help, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
#Indians are seeking starting help, but they'd prefer a pitcher they can control for multiple years. Makes Garza a tough fit.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 11, 2013
Crasnick added that Cleveland would prefer to acquire a
pitcher they can control for multiple years. This makes Chicago Cubs
right-hander Matt Garza a “tough fit.”
Indians’ pitchers have combined to log the 28th-worst
ERA in the majors. The bullpen hasn’t been good, but Cleveland’s rotation has
only accounted for 40 quality starts this season.
Zach McAllister has been solid for the Indians, but he’s
been hurt for a significant stretch of the year. Justin Masterson’s the team’s
only starter with more than 10 appearances and an ERA south of 4.37. Corey Kluber, Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir have all struggled with consistency,
and the story was the same concerning Trevor Bauer, Brett Myers and Carlos Carrasco.
Garza is the market’s top available arm at this point, but
that could change as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. If Cleveland continues
to remain in the hunt in the American League Central, it sounds like they’ll
look to add a starter to bolster their rotation.
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