It may not come to much surprise to Cleveland Indians fans that the ball club did not tender a contract this offseason to catch Lou Marson. Marson, who spent most of the 2013 season on the DL, was dropped from Cleveland’s roster on Monday altogether.
Marson was a talented prospect crossing team lines and even impacting future MLB lines coming from the National League Philadelphia Phillies organization in the trade deal for Cliff Lee back in 2009. However, the now 27-year-old injury-prone catcher has not been able to turn his talent into fruition for the Tribe.
Indians catcher Yan Gomes provides the club with flexibility at the position and allows the organization to move forward without Marson. Since 2009, the Indians have been begging for a catcher to take hold of the starting role as they had hoped to move Carlos Santana permanently to 1B or DH to keep his strong bat in the lineup without risk of ruining his knees down the road. In the last two seasons, Santana’s poor defense behind the plate has forced the Tribe to find a strong alternative for the starting catcher position and Marson was clearly not the choice with the development of Gomes.
The Indians also did not tender contracts to both OF Matt Carson and RHP Tyler Cloyd this offseason. In addition, the organization was able to avoid arbitration with relief pitchers Blake Wood and Frank Hermann with 1-year deals for the 2014 season.
Former Red Arroyo Still Without a Home
To say that SP Bronson Arroyo has received little interest from clubs throughout the league would be an understatement. All reports in Cincinnati, Arroyo’s former home that did not give a qualifying offer, are that Arroyo’s price is far too high and many clubs are looking for a more consistent pitcher than his 2013 campaign suggested at a more reasonable price point.
Days ago, reports developed that the New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson would be meeting with Arroyo in his Tampa home this week. In a short time after the two were supposed to have met, ESPNNewYork.com reported the Mets’ official statement is that a meeting may or may not take place and the club’s interest in Arroyo is “not super high.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer verified this with a close source to Arroyo after they were informed that the pitcher has no such meeting scheduled.
Based on Cincinnati reports, Arroyo informed the Reds GM Jim Bowden last month that six teams have reached out to him with interest. However, to date none of those teams have made an official offer and the long, uncertain offseason continues for Arroyo and his family.