The Indians have a decision to make regarding outfielder Drew Stubbs this offseason. Stubbs is due somewhere between $3.5 and 4 million in his final arbitration season. Buster Olney in an ESPN Insider article this afternoon mentioned that the Indians will likely tender him a contract and either keep him or trade him as several teams are interested.
“But remember, the salary goalposts have shifted, even in recent days. Marlon Byrd got a two-year, $16 million deal from the Phillies. Stubbs is a good defender and can play all three outfield spots, and has power and speed, and in the current climate, a one-year deal for him — even as an erratic offensive performer — carries good value. He will be tendered a contract and perhaps retained by the Indians, who have been approached by multiple teams about possible deals for Stubbs. “
Stubbs hit .233 this past season with a .665 OPS to go with 10 homers, 45 RBI, and 17 stolen bases in 146 games. With Ryan Raburn grabbing more time in right field near season’s end, and the possibility that an offseason move for a bat could always move Nick Swisher out to right field more often, Stubbs could become expendable.