Former Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne (now with Texas Rangers), also much injured, has been reported as another pitcher drawing interest from Shapiro.
With that in mind, the list of potentially worthy relievers probably will be relatively slim. But there are several worthy of checking out, among them former Indians David Riske of the Royals and left-hander Tom Martin of the Colorado Rockies.
Adding Al Reyes, who has been saving games for the Devil Rays, Shawn Chacon of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Akinori Otsuka of the Rangers would give the Tribe bullpen additional heft.
Most of the relievers likely to be available are not overly pricey. The exceptions: Gagne, who will make $6 million, and Jason Isringhausen, an $8.75 million man. But by the time either of them could land with the Tribe, probably at the end of June at the earliest, only half of their salaries would remain unpaid.
Now, aside from Gagne, the rest seem like speculation by Ocker. But, it does appear Shapiro is trying to strike a deal.