Indians, RHP Myers finalize deal

Indians, RHP Myers finalize deal

CLEVELAND (AP) The chance to start again convinced Brett Myers to sign with the Cleveland Indians.

The right-hander, who spent the majority of his career as a starter before pitching in relief last season for Houston and the Chicago White Sox, signed a one-year, $7 million contract on Friday with the Indians.

Cleveland has penciled Myers into their starting rotation behind Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez. Myers passed a physical before finalizing his deal, which includes an $8 million club option for 2014.

``He'll go into our rotation and we think he has a chance to log some innings for us,'' Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. ``He's a good strike thrower that can complement our staff well.''

Myers appeared in 70 games - all in relief - for Houston and the Chicago White Sox last season. The 32-year-old has a career 97-93 record with 40 saves and a 4.20 ERA in 377 games - 249 starts. He has reached double digits in wins six times and pitched at least 200 innings three times, most recently in 2011 when he won 14 games.

Antonetti said the plan is for Myers to start from the outset, but he can provide some protection for Cleveland's bullpen. Antonetti said some provisions were added to Myers' contract if he winds up as a reliever. The club is confident he can make the switch back to starting with ease.

Masterson, Jimenez and Myers are the only pitchers guaranteed to be in the rotation at this point, but Antonetti said Zach McAllister has a ``leg up going into spring training'' to win another spot. McAllister went 6-8 with a 4.24 ERA in 22 starts for the Indians last season after the 25-year-old was called up from Triple-A Columbus.

Cleveland's fifth spot will likely go to Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber or David Huff.

Last season, Myers relieved for both the Astros and White Sox, who acquired him in a trade on July 21. The 32-year-old pitched in 70 games last season, going a combined 3-8 with a 3.31 ERA.

Myers spent eight seasons with Philadelphia before signing as a free agent with Houston in 2010. Antonetti said the Indians did a thorough background check on Myers, who was arrested and charged in 2006 for assaulting his wife. The Indians are satisfied Myers learned from the incident.

Antonetti has spent this winter overhauling the Indians following a 68-94 season. Myers' signing comes one day after the Indians introduced outfielder Nick Swisher, who signed a four-year, $56 million deal with Cleveland.

Besides Swisher and Myers, the Indians signed first baseman Mark Reynolds and acquired pitching prospect Trevor Bauer and outfielder Drew Stubbs in a nine-player trade with Arizona and Cincinnati.

Antonetti said the team has exhausted ``the vast majority of our financial resources'' to improve the roster.

Without a proven designated hitter, Antonetti said former DH Travis Hafner remains an option. Hafner has been injury plagued the past few seasons and became a free agent when Cleveland bought out the final year of his contract.

Hafner hit 200 home runs in 10 seasons with the Indians. He appeared in just 66 games last season because of injuries.

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Redskins are releasing Jordan Reed after six eventful seasons

Redskins are releasing Jordan Reed after six eventful seasons

Jordan Reed and the Redskins are parting ways after six seasons, the team announced on Thursday.

The 29-year-old tight end has been talked about a lot lately, as questions swirled about his health. This past weekend, Ron Rivera said that Reed was still in the concussion protocol thanks to a hit he suffered in August 2019. Then, on Wednesday, he reportedly cleared that protocol.

The move creates an additional $8.5 million in cap space for the Redskins, as Reed joins Josh Norman and Paul Richardson as some high-profile names to be released by the team's new leadership. Washington now has the sixth-most cap space in the NFL with free agency coming up next month.

Reed's career with the Burgundy and Gold featured both promise and problems. In 2015 and 2016, he caught a combined 17 touchdowns. Yet he never suited up for a full 16-game schedule, as injuries ultimately prevented him from realizing his full ability.

Now, the question becomes what Reed will do next. Some, like London Fletcher, believes Reed should retire, considering the numerous concussions he suffered as a pro. But he apparently wants to still play, and now, thanks to the release from the Redskins, he's able to try and make that happen.

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Report: Orioles and Mets will play at Naval Academy on March 24

Report: Orioles and Mets will play at Naval Academy on March 24

According to a report from The Washington Post, the Orioles will play the Mets at the Naval Academy on March 24, just two days before Opening Day. 

The game will take place at Max Bishop Stadium at 2 p.m. and will be on the Orioles Radio Network and 105.7 The Fan. The two teams will end spring training in Florida a day before with a final game. 

It will be the first game at the Naval Academy since April 1, 2017, when the Nationals played the Red Sox and just the second since 1987. There have been 12 total exhibition games.

But according to the Post article, there’s more behind the scenes. 

The Orioles hold territorial rights, according to Major League Baseball, to Anne Arunel County — where Annapolis and the Naval Academy are located. Meaning, the Orioles allowed the Nationals to play the Red Sox in 2017 but declined any future games from happening. 

Tickets will not be made available to the public, but, according to Jake Russell, "select Orioles season-ticket holders will have an opportunity to purchase a limited number of tickets.”

The Orioles and the Naval Academy have a “multi-dimensional” partnership together, one that includes various events and programs for the Orioles to honor the Naval Academy.

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