Chris Antonetti started off the New Year by bolstering the Indians' starting rotation with a proven veteran on a short-term deal. The one-year deal with a club option was first announced by Gene Frenette, a reporter for the Florida Times-Union in Myers's hometown of Jacksonville. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com was the first national writer to confirm the report. The official announcement is pending a physical. Financial terms have yet to be released. Myers, who appeared in 70 games last season as a reliever for the Astros and White Sox, is 32 years old and has made 249 Major League starts, making 30 or more in a season seven different times.
Myers posted a 3.31 ERA last season in relief. In 2011, as a starter for the Astros, Myers posted a 4.46 ERA over 216 innings. In 2010, Myers had his best season, throwing 223.2 innings with a 3.14 ERA. With Myers, the Indians are getting versatility, an experienced arm, and a guy who has shown the ability to eat innings. Myers made it clear earlier this offseason that he wanted to pitch for a team that would make him a full-time starter. Paul Hoynes said on Twitter that the Indians will use Myers in the rotation.
Myers does have some character concerns, being accused of domestic violence in 2006 and being involved in an altercation with a media member in 2007. But, the trade-off to his occasional attitude problems include a career 2.9 BB/9, nearly 1700 innings worth of experience, and a World Series ring with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.
Expect the Indians to make a few more moves before the start of the season, including another starting pitcher and a left handed reliever.
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