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.
- 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.
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.
Wahoo’s on First Links:
- Steve Kinsella says the Indians should Scott Sizemore” href=”http://wahoosonfirst.com/2013/11/24/indians-offseason-target-scott-sizemore/” target=”_blank”>consider signing former Tiger and Athletic, Scott Sizemore.
- Michael Chaney breaks down the signing of David Murphy.
- Evan Vogel explains how the Minnesota Twins are building a potential juggernaut in their minor league system.
- Nick Wheatley-Schaller compares Robinson Cano and Roberto Alomar and how the deal Cano signs this winter will compare to the deal Alomar signed with the Indians back in the day.
- Buster Olney recently talked about David Murphy in his daily video blog for ESPN. You can watch it here.
- Catch up on all the fun that was bullpen week on Wahoo’s on First right here.
- Could Carlos Santana play third base next season? It might be possible.
- How does Jhonny Peralta signing with the Cardinals effect the Indians? It means Asdrubal Cabrera isn’t going to St. Louis. Anyone else have any ideas?
- Could the AL Central be up for grabs? Did the Tribe Win Last Night thinks so.
- Indians Baseball Insider is running a poll on who should be the next closer of the Indians. So far, the results of their survey match ours with most fans agreeing it should be Cody Allen.