The Cleveland Indians exercise options on three pitchers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Tuesday 6 November 2007 at 10:07 pm

The Indians spent $13 million dollars today to bring back Paul Byrd, Aaron Fultz and Joe Borowski. With the crop of free agent starting pitchers scarce the Indians decided to pick up the $7.5 million dollar option in Paul Byrd’s contract despite the HGH controversy surrounding him. Byrd started 31 games for the Indians last season and he was 15-8 with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Byrd has now pitched in 62 games for the Indians since he signed on as a free agent and he’s 25-17 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Joe Borowski led the American League in saves last season but it was usually an adventure. Borowski pitched in 69 games last season for the Tribe and he was 4-5 with 45 saves, a 5.07 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Aaron Fultz did a good job for the Tribe as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen. In 49 games for the Tribe, Fultz was 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. As long as Byrd doesn’t get suspended by major league baseball this was money well spent by the Indians.

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