Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that several teams have shown interest in free agent Tribe right handed reliever Matt Albers. Hoynes believes one of the teams strongly interested in the 30 year old rihty could be division rivals Detroit Tigers or the Chicago White Sox.
Albers made $1.75 million in his only season with the Tribe after coming over from Arizona in the Shin Soo Choo three team trade last winter. Albers could be the next guy in line to get a pay day from an Indians bullpen that boasted a 3.62 ERA last season. Joe Smith recently cashed in on his five years of service with the Tribe, signing a three year 15.75 million deal with Anaheim a couple weeks back.
In addition to Smith’s departure, the Indians bullpen will be without closer Chris Perez in 2014 as Perez was released back on October 31st and could lose left handed specialist Rich Hill to free agency as well as Albers.
Hoynes writes that Indians are looking to bring Albers back on a possible one year deal, but it is believed Albers has a two year offer elsewhere on the table.
Albers posted a 3.16 ERA while striking out 35 and walking 23 over the course of 63 innings and 56 appearances.