MLB Rumors: Indians Likely to Sign OF Ryan Spilborghs

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)

[Related: Report: Indians Sign RHP Jeremy Accardo, OF Fred Lewis]

(Source: Troy Renck, Denver Post)

  • Anonymous

    Well if you cant have quality you may as well have quantity….

  • Literally nothing to see here, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for…move along, move along…

  • World Series!

  • AMC

    Don’t get it.  

  • Anonymous

    Jeremy Accardo, Fred Lewis, and Ryan Spilborghs!  I think you can go ahead and pencil us in as World Series champs.

  • Anonymous

    Pulling the Xs off my indians jerseys as we speak

  • Anonymous

    This is beyond frustrating.  If there was ever an off season for us to make a big splash. this was the one.  

  • BuckeyeDawg

    and if women don’t find you handsome, they might as well find you handy…. (totally unrelated….just popped into my head)

  • Anonymous


    Time to get that weekend job so I have some extra cash for playoff tickets this fall!

  • I am Spilborghs. You will be mediocre in 2012. Resistance is futile.