Even though the 2013 Winter Meetings are winding down, the Cleveland Indians still want to leave with one final signing. The organization believes they need to bolster the bullpen with at least one more arm. They also believe that reliever Joaquin Benoit is the man for the job.
“I think we probably need to supplement our staff somewhere. Whether it’s in the bullpen or in the starting rotation, we probably need to get some help there. But it could be one or the other, because we do have some flexibility with some of those guys who could do both. We’re definitely trying to get somebody,” Indians manager Terry Francona said, according to the team’s website.
Unfortunately, Cleveland will have some competition for Benoit. The San Diego Padres are said to be heavy into him as they are determined to come away with the stellar pitcher. Sources indicate that the Indians and the Padres have both offered a two-year deal worth more than $14 million to Benoit. However, the sources also state that San Diego’s offer includes an option for a third year, which would give them the edge over Cleveland.
With that being said, the Indians do have an advantage in the sense that they will be competing for a postseason berth in 2013, whereas the Padres will simply try to stay relevant. Not to mention, news is circulating that Cleveland is determined to match San Diego’s offer with a third-year option as well. If that’s the case then I have to imagine the Indians would become the favorites to sign Benoit.