Jordan Bastian Weighs in On David Murphy and Closer Situation


August 5, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder David Murphy (7) scores a run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

David Murphy Deal is Official

David Murphy officially signed with the Indians on Monday, inking a two-year deal worth $12-million with a club option worth $7-million in 2016. On the heels of the singing, Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian was interviewed by and he had some interesting things to say in regards to the singing of David Murphy, how he fits in with the Indians plans for 2014, and what his signing might potentially mean for Drew Stubbs moving forward.

Going along with what we have believed for some time now, it would appear that Drew Stubbs is on the trading block. Stubbs is due for a raise through the arbitration process and according to Bastian the Indians could use the salary relief to help fill voids at other positions. It has been reported by several media outlets, including Bastian, that there is interest from several teams in Stubbs’ services.

Bastian also touched briefly on the vacant closer position. When asked whether or not the Indians would be willing to spend money on an external option to replace Chris Perez, Bastian alluded to the Indians being more apt to exploring internal options. Specifically, Bastian names both Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw as possible heirs to the closer’s throne.

This makes sense given the Indians track record with signing closers to large free agents contracts. They are in no way in a position to tie up millions of dollars in one player who may or may not work out in the long run, i.e. Kerry Wood. As we’ve said before, bullpens are fickle.

You can watch the video of the Bastian interview below. (refresh if video player fails to load).