As MLB’s Winter Meetings wind down, the Indians have been mentioned as possible landing spots for two free agent pitchers. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Cleveland is one of five teams likely to land reliever Joaquin Benoit, whose closer role in Detroit will likely be subsumed by Joe Nathan in 2014.
Sources: Teams believe reliever Joaquin Benoit's likeliest destinations are Cleveland, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago Cubs or New York Yankees.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 12, 2013
Meanwhile, Jasyon Stark of ESPN notes that the Indians are one of three teams showing particular interest in starter Shawn Marcum.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 12, 2013
Marcum is coming off a rather severe injury that significantly limited his performance in 2013 with the New York Mets, but could represent the sort of “bounce back” rotation role that Scott Kazmir personified last season.
More if/when/as this develops.