yahoo wrote:CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians declined Friday to pick up the $5 million option on closer Bob Wickman's contract for next season.
The club is still waiting to hear if Wickman, 36, is going to retire. If Wickman does want his career to continue, Indians general manager Mark Shapiro thinks he can work out a new deal with the right-hander.
Wickman is discussing his future with family and is expected to let the team know his plans by late next month.
If Wickman doesn't return, the Indians may try to sign a free agent closer or could try Bob Howry or Jason Davis in that role next season.
Wickman, who missed most of two seasons after undergoing elbow surgery, went 0-2 with a 4.25 ERA in 30 appearances this season. He had 13 saves in 14 tries.
The Indians outrighted infielder Lou Merloni and catcher Tim Laker to Triple-A Buffalo. Both veterans declined the outright, and will become free agents.
Cleveland wants to re-sign the versatile Merloni, who provided a spark and leadership in his first season with the Indians. Laker's chances of coming back are very slim with Josh Bard expected to be Victor Martinez's backup in 2005.
who do you think will take over next year ? Riske has pitched a lot better since he lost the job....
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Pedro Martinez....$17.5 million
Curt Schilling...$12 million (and a $2 million bonus)
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If anybody on their current roster, Rafael Betancourt would be the best closer IMO. I think he'd do a pretty good job, and if they don't sign a new closer before the season, I'd say it'll be him that gets the nod.
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i think the indians will be on the freeagent hunt for closer as well..... as there main problem this year was relief pitching....a good closer (percival ???maybe) and another strong arm in the pen for the 8th innings would probably get them 12-15 more wins....
Agreed with everyone else. If they don't sign a name, Betancourt will get the job.
Thanks for the heads up!
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I doubt if the Tribe uses a closer from within. Didn't work too well for SF (Did for Atlanta and HOU/A's).. but its a big riske...er risk to make.
If I remember correctly, back in the 1st half, the tribe blew like 8 games because they didn't have a closer. Bullpen problems. The tribe will get a closer this winter (maybe not a good one because of their cash issues).