Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said he doesn't expect to sign a "cornerstone" free agent this off-season.
However, there are some worthwhile free agents the Tribe could sign, some of which might require a little budget stretching:
1. Billy Butler (.271, 9 HR, 66 RBI)
The American League champion Kansas City Royals cut Butler loose because they didn't want to exercise their $13.5 million option on him. The 28-year-old Butler would be a direct steal from the Tribe's division rival and help at designated hitter and first base.
2. Michael Morse (.279, 16 HR, 61 RBI)
The San Francisco Giants used Morse as a designated hitter in the World Series, so he could find an expanded role in right field for the Indians. Morse, 33, would be a more attractive free agent option than Alex Rios, Torii Hunter, Kendrys Morales, and Ryan Ludwich.
3. Edison Volquez (13-7, 3.04 ERA)
If the Pittsburgh Pirates could afford the 31-year-old Volquez last year, the Tribe should have enough money bring him in. Pitching is more expensive, though, so he and the next two guys could command $10 million per year.
4. Jason Hammel (10-11, 3.47 ERA)Read more... Join the Conversation...