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MLB News: Indians Release Brett Myers

In a move stunning to nobody, the Cleveland Indians finally cut ties with veteran pitcher Brett Myers. Signed to be the middle of the rotation innings eater, the 33-year old was a disaster from the beginning. Attempting to get himself back to being a starter after spending 2012 as a reliever for both Houston and the Chicago White Sox, Myers struggled in Spring and the hope was that he would turn it around once the season started.

Instead, he made just three starts and four appearances where he was lit up for 10 home runs in 21.1 innings of work. His 8.02 ERA already had his spot in the rotation questioned, but the injury to his elbow got him first. Myers was placed in the DL with elbow tendinitis in late April and two failed rehab stints had the Tribe at the end of their ropes.

Today, the Indians reinstated him from the 60-day DL and released him. The $7 million he received amounted to nothing on the field. The Myers signing was a huge miscalculation by the front office who were fortunate enough to have Corey Kluber’s breakthrough season overshadow the Myers debacle.

The Tribe’s two, one-year guaranteed deal free agents—Myers and Mark Reynolds—have both been cut loose in the last three weeks.

[Related – Mark Reynolds designated for assignment]

  • maxfnmloans

    BOOM! Outta here

  • Harv 21

    well, that worked out well.

  • Garry_Owen

    That sure was a good gig for him. $7,000,000. $7 million. Seven. Million. Dollars. After taxes, that’s a crapload of money.

  • Rick Manning

    Not only that, but the dude has made 59 million for his career. An ordinary big league pitcher, 59 million in lifetime earnings. I know hes paid taxes on that, but still. Pretty sweet gig.

  • Garry_Owen

    You bet. Guy got paid $7 million to toss batting practice for other teams for 7 days. $1 million/day. Over $331,750 per inning.
    Mind = blown.
    I am definitely working too hard.

  • mgbode

    that would mean he’s been working for free since that time

    (which is actually pretty much right since he’s been working in order to try to convince another team to spend even 1/2 that amount of $$ on him next year)

  • mgbode

    noone could ever have predicted that his signing or trying to transition him back to a SP was a bad idea….nope, noone.

  • mgbode

    wait a second,
    no Myers
    no Marecic
    no Walton

    who do we tie to the whipping post now?

  • Garry_Owen

    Wait. He’s been working?
    If I got paid $1 million/day for a week, I’d gladly work for free for couple more months.

  • Mike P

    I will throw many hats into the ring!
    Weeden
    Gordon

    Indians FO
    Asdrubal

    Mike Brown
    Tyler Zeller

  • mgbode

    Chris Perez is high-5ing himself for deleting his twitter account

  • typo

    Bad pitcher, worse guy.

  • markn95

    The Kazmir lottery ticket takes a little bit of the sting out of this one, just as the emergence of Danny Salazar makes me feel better about the mess that is pitching prospect Trevor Bauer. But that said, this FO has more than a questionable track record when it comes to evaluating SP talent.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    forget Walton no mo Boobie baby!!!!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    No on Zeller I’ll predict Dion Waiters followed waaaaaaay back by Anthony Bennett.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    $5M last year followed by $7M this year if I’m the Dolans I wonder what next year will bring!

  • nj0

    Up vote times twenty.

  • Rick Manning

    Ive heard Myers isnt all that likable, does anyone have any examples? I admit I havent always paid close attention this season.

  • mgbode

    you can start with the time he punched his wife in the face (in public – no telling what he did in private):
    http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/06/24/visiting_player_hit_wife_police_charge/

    then, there is is penchant for not saying the nicest things to reporters (WARNING – not so nice words on this link):
    http://www.bugsandcranks.com/philadelphia-phillies/baseball/brett-myers-blows-the-game-screams-obscenities-at-reporter/