Sources have confirmed that the Indians are receiving left-handed reliever Josh Outman in return for outfielder Drew Stubbs. Outman, 29, owns a 4.61 career ERA in five seasons with Oakland and Colorado.
During 2013, he had a 4.33 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 13 holds while striking out 53 batters in 54.0 innings for the Rockies.
Stubbs would have been the fifth outfielder for the Indians behind Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley, Ryan Raburn and new signee David Murphy.
Many people believe that Stubbs will not play Center Field for the Rockies because Carlos Gonzalez is expected to sign there. Last year, Stubbs hit .233 with 10 home runs and had an on base percentage of only .305.
The one thing Stubbs is fantastic at, is his speed. He is one of the hardest guys in the MLB to double up.
In other news with the Cleveland Indians, free agent veteran catcher Matt Treanor has signed a minor league contract with the Indians.
Treanor also has received an invitation to Spring Training, and if he earns a spot on Cleveland’s 25-man roster, he’ll make $800,000.
Treanor, 37, did not play last season while recovering from left knee surgery. He last played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. A backup his entire career, Treanor has a .221 batting average with 18 homers and 129 RBIs in 468 games with the Marlins, Detroit, Texas, Kansas City and Los Angeles. He was drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 1994.
With the possibility of Treanor making the 25 man roster, the Indians have considered moving catcher Carlos Santana to third base, and Treanor could provide them with some depth along with Yan Gomes who seems to have captured that starting spot.
Fun Fact: Matt Treanor is married to Misty May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball.
On December 16, the Indians signed free agent pitcher Shaun Marcum to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
At Spring Training, the 32 year old Marcum will get chance to compete for a job in the Cleveland Indians starting rotation. Marcum would receive a $1 million salary if he’s added to the 40-man roster, and he can earn another $3 million in bonuses.
Marcum has a 58-46 career record in the majors. However, he was limited to 14 games and only 12 starts in 2013 for the New York Mets because of season ending shoulder surgery in July.
And finally, the Indians and right-handed reliever John Axford have reached an agreement on a contract, pending a physical.
The 30-year-old Axford, pitched 54 2/3 innings in 2013 for the Milwaukee Brewers, but he was removed from the closer role after six blown saves and was traded in August.
In 10 1/3 regular-season innings for St. Louis, Axford gave up two earned runs, walked three and struck out 11 with a 1.74 ERA.
His seven total blown saves in 2013 were the second-most of his career.