The Cleveland Indians decided to move on from Zach McAllister after the veteran’s long tenure as both a starter and a reliever for the team.
The veteran reliever was designated for assignment. He had been with the Indians since 2010.
Designating McAllister for assignment was an easy move in pure baseball terms. He was not a top member of the bullpen and since he didn’t factor into the postseason equation, sending him out while Miller comes back made sense.
It is just crazy to think that such a long-tenured Indian was sent away so quietly.
McAllister came to Cleveland in 2010 as a player to be named later in a deal that sent Austin Kearns to the Yankees. He started four games for the Indians in 2011 and remained a starter through 2014. Then came a shift to a bullpen role.
Even though he was a reliever since 2015, McAllister only appeared in three total postseason games, which all came in 2016. He was not in the plans last postseason and that remained true this year.
There is a role for McAllister somewhere in the league. He is just not someone who can be relied upon as a top reliever for a playoff team. But that doesn’t mean he can’t log innings and be a veteran presence for a team currently in some sort of rebuilding mode. He can also come in and eat up innings for a team just looking to get to the offseason after having a rough go of it so far in 2018.
So far this year McAllister has struck out 34 batters compared to walking only 10. His ERA of 4.97 isn’t pretty but 11 of his 23 earned runs this year came in the month of April. Nine of those came in only three outings.
Some people are celebrating McAllister losing his job, but hopefully he lands somewhere else. Considering he stuck in Cleveland so long, he should be able to find a job in the majors.