CLEVELAND – General manager Chris Antonetti knows it is going to take more than a new manager and a few added players to get Indians fans fired up.
If nothing else, though, the franchise is taking the proper steps.
We still have work to do, Antonetti said Wednesday, less than 24 hours after completing a three-team trade that involved nine players.
Antonetti acknowledged the addition of outfielder Drew Stubbs from Cincinnati and three pitchers, including promising Trevor Bauer, from Arizona doesn’t quite get the fans’ pulse beating. But the Indians are getting there.
This is another step forward in our offseason, said Antonetti, vowing to try and complete more moves for a team that lost 94 games in 2012. We still would like to improve our starting pitching and add a corner outfielder.
Antonetti has had discussions with free agent Nick Swisher.
We have at-bats available, Antonetti said, adding that the Indians need a designated hitter after buying out Travis Hafner’s contract.
Cubs claim pitcher
The Chicago Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Sandy Rosario off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.
Rosario has played in parts of three seasons with the Miami Marlins, givin up 13 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings over 10 relief appearances.
Around the leagues
The Dodgers acquired infielder-outfielder Skip Schumaker from St. Louis for minor league infielder Jake Lemmerman. The trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford from Boston to the Dodgers in August will wrap up with the Red Sox paying $11.7 million to Los Angeles over the next three years.
Texas acquired catcher Eli Whiteside on a waiver claim from Toronto and re-signed infielder-outfielder Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract. David Wright will have to wait until 2025 to receive all the money from his $138 million, eight-year contract with the Mets. The deal includes $15.5 million in salary that is being deferred.