Cleveland Indians: Three last minute free agent additions to explore

Potential Cleveland Indians signee Josh Reddick #22 of the Houston Astros (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Potential Cleveland Indians signee Josh Reddick #22 of the Houston Astros (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians, Homer Bailey
Homer Bailey #15 of the Minnesota Twins (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Homer Bailey

You can never have too many pitchers and adding veterans in the minor leagues is a common trend. Adam Plutko currently fills the role of the player that goes back-and-forth between Triple-A and the majors, but another wouldn’t hurt, especially with such a young rotation. After moving Carlos Carrasco, there’s still a question mark on the fifth spot in the rotation and that’s where Homer Bailey could be added.

Turning 35-years old in May, Bailey is nearing the end of his career, but still has some left in the tank. He also has the ability to either start or come out of the bullpen, which means he would be added to the mix of Plutko, Cal Quantrill and others along those lines. However, as I said this Indians’ rotation is going to be young and could have some road bumps. Having a veteran presence in Bailey to not only help the younger guys learn, but also pitch when needed could be huge.

Last year, Bailey only pitched eight innings for Minnesota, but in 2019 he tossed 163.1 innings between Kansas City and Oakland. His 4.57 ERA isn’t great, but he wouldn’t have to be great in his role. He would just need to hold down the fort when needed and provide veteran guidance.

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