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Indians one of several teams interested in Mitchell Boggs

According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Cleveland Indians join the Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs as the teams expressing interest in free agent right-hander Mitchell Boggs.

The 6-foot-4-inch Boggs was non-tendered by the Colorado Rockies in the beginning of December after he posted an 8.10 ERA this past season between St. Louis and Colorado. The 29-year-old was one of the top setup men in baseball in 2012, recording 34 holds in 73 1/3 innings, and was named to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. He would, however, fall apart when the Cardinals tried him at closer in 2013, walking 20 batters and allowing 28 hits in 23 1/3 innings.

A sinker-slider pitcher, Boggs tops out in the low-to-mid 90s. He doesn’t miss many bats, his sinker resulting in a swinging strike rate of just 6.1 percent in 2013, but relies on ground ball outs. The Indians, looking for bullpen help in the wake of Chris Perez’ release and Joe Smith leaving in free agency, would have to assume that Boggs’ control issues were an anomaly if they were to offer him a contract.

[Related: The requisite Jacoby Ellsbury and Michael Bourn contract comparison]

  • markn95

    Wouldn’t give this guy a second look…if not for the 3 magic words in the above: World Baseball Classic. For some reason, that darn thing has ruined many seasons for many guys. COmbined with a solid 2012, maybe there’s value here.

    I’d like to see more K’s though. NL pitchers need to strike guys out if they want to find a spot in an AL bullpen.

  • mgbode

    can we somehow just get 1 thread going that is titled: Indians interested in every single somewhat cheap RP on the market

    maybe just update it with the newest name on that list as things go by or have some type of ordering based on likelihood of signings or even just alphabetical.

  • TSR3000

    I wish my name was Mitchell Boggs.

  • nj0

    No more commenting on or reading Indians trade rumor stories. Only actual moves… This I command.

  • mgbode

    ummm, yeah, good luck with that one 🙂

  • mgbode

    also, no more Colon talk. he just signed with the Mets for 2yrs/$20mil.

    and the M’s are in full flailing mode. signed Corey Hart and about to trade for Logan Morrison. they really, really want to fix their offense (obviously, these guys have much more risk as they have both been injured as of late).

  • The_Real_Shamrock

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Hope Indians fans enjoyed their return to the “playoffs” last season because I don’t see them returning again soon. I used quotations because technically they made the playoffs even if it was just for one game.