In case you hadn’t really noticed, the Cleveland Indians are in a bit of a small and fast rebuild program right now. You know it’s the fast version because it included big name free agents here and there and a first regime season that nearly got them into the meat of the MLB Playoffs. While it includes some names here and there however, it will keep them from paying a ton of money to every single player for tons of years.
How then do they fill the pitching staff need they have? They really could use some good veteran depth on the mound in the way of starting pitchers. Scott Baker is still available on the free agent market and it is rumored that the Indians are one of two teams interested in claiming his services for the 2014 season. I think this would be the perfect move for the Indians to make for a few reasons.
First of all, Baker is a good story because he is a fighter coming back from an injury. He was hurt a year ago but was given a chance to prove he was able to pitch and basically did so with the Chicago Cubs late in the season. Bringing him in would thicken the rotation and give everyone someone new to really cheer for. The Indians seem to be a perfect match for that reason alone.
Secondly you have the fact that this would include some risk because of the injury. What that will do is bring the price down while Baker seeks to prove he still has what it takes to fill the middle of a MLB rotation well. Lastly it would be a good move because Baker appears to be in a very good spot in his career if he can pick up where he left off. Things looked good in 2013 and should be just what the Tribe needs this coming season. They should make sure he joins them.