In a move that will by no means satisfy the team’s need for a power bat, the Cleveland Indians are reportedly linked to former Colorado Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs.
The versitile veteran outfielder is coming off of a season where he hit .210 in 223 plate appearances and a WAR of -1.1. However, as has been the theme of the last several months, Spillborghs has a considerably successful career against left-handed pitching where he has hit .273 with an on-base percentage of .357 and an OPS just shy of .800.
Those looking for power, however, will have to look elsewhere as Spillborghs had an 2011 isolated power figure of .095 in 98 games, and that was with the Colorado Rockies, a city where offensive numbers can err on the inflated side. The Indians continue to be rumored to be in the hunt for a veteran first baseman to compete with last season’s option in Matt LaPorta.
(Update: Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that this will be a minor league deal and will hinge upon the team’s review of the player’s medical records)
(Source: Troy Renck, Denver Post)