Clevelinks, Nov. 25: Indians Lose Joe Smith

Joe Smith Agrees with Angels

On Saturday night, it was confirmed that the Indians had lost Joe Smith via free agency. The side-slinging right hander came to terms on a three-year $15-million deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Over the past five years, Smith had served as one of the most consistently reliable relievers out of the Indians bullpen. Since 2008, he has posted an 18-11 record, with a 2.76 ERA and .221 batting average against. Obviously, the loss of Joe Smith creates an enormous hole in the Indians bullpen, one they will spend the rest of the winter and spring training trying to fill. Today’s edition of Clevelinks leads off with more news surrounding the departure of Joe Smith.

Indians Links:

  • Paul Hoynes, Indians beat writer for the Plain Dealer, breaks down the Smith deal, how it probably came to be, and how this will affect the Indians moving forward.
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    Apr 17, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Joe Smith (38) pitches to the Seattle Mariners during the 7th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

    Rob Neyer of Baseball Nation breaks down Joe Smith and provides some information about the former Indians hurler.

  • Here is the MLB.com story breaking down the deal between Joe Smith and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
  • Halos Heaven seems pretty excited to have “the best reliever you’ve never heard of.
  • Fansided’s Halo Hangout talks about the Joe Smith deal.

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