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Things that don’t go together: Cleveland Indians Edition

Jake Westbrook

Cleveland Indians’ Jake Westbrook pitches to the New York Yankees in the first inning in a baseball game Monday, July 26, 2010, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Paul Hoynes offers a couple of tidbits in his latest article about the Indians. first:

. . . the $2.53 million the Indians spent on big-league free agents last winter -- $850,000 for Mike Redmond and $1.5 million for Russell Branyan -- may look like a lavish spending spree compared to this winter.


Here’s what the Indians need: a third baseman, a starting pitcher, a right-handed hitting outfielder as a change of pace to projected left-handed starters Michael Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore, a right-handed set-up man to provide another eighth-inning option to lefties Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp and an experienced infielder to fortify the middle of the diamond.


Antonetti has talked to the agents for Jake Westbrook, the veteran starter the Indians traded to St. Louis in July.

No money + multiple needs does not = Jake Westbrook, who may be one of the more sought-after pitchers on the free agency market.

But at least Antonetti is keeping in touch with old friends.