The Cleveland Indians finally made a move for some bullpen help. The Indians have been in desperate need for arms in the back end. Relief Pitchers for the Cleveland Indians have an embarrassing 5.28 ERA which is 29th in the league, trailing on Kansas City. Brad Hand will show up to Cleveland with a 3.05 ERA and 24 saves. He has 65 Ks in 44.1 IP but has not been the dominate pitcher he has been in years past. At only 28-years-old, the lefty has no excuse for regression, though he will still be an upgrade over the pitiful 2018 Indians Relief Core. Adam Cimber will also head to The Rock and Roll Capitol of the World, a 27-year-old rookie right-hander with a 3.17 ERA in 48.1 IP.
The Indians needed to do something here, but I feel they made the wrong move. Don’t get me wrong I think Hand and Cimber will help the team immensely, but they gave up Catcher Francisco Mejia MLBs #15 Prospect. I believe they should have knocked on the Marlins door and asked for Kyle Barraclough and Drew Steckenrider. Barraclough is the only reliever on the market I would trade a top tier prospect for as he has a 1.28 ERA in 42.1 IP with 47 Ks. He is also under team control through 2021 which is important with Miller and Allen set to hit free agency in the off-season. Now the Indians need more than just one guy, which is why Steckenrider would be the perfect addition. Like Cimber, Steckenrider is a quality controllable 27-year-old righty. This season Steckenrider has a 3.38 ERA with 50 Ks in 44.2 IP. Also the Marlins would be able to acquire a 22-year-old elite prospect which would allow them to trade Realmuto to a contender and really kickstart the rebuild.
Both situations would help an abysmal bullpen for the Tribe, I just think if you are going to give up a top fifteen prospect you mine as well go big and target an absolute stud like Barraclough.
Scott Neville – Head Baseball Writer – WTF Sports