According to several Internet reports Tuesday afternoon, the Indians signed right-hander Brett Myers.
Last season, Myers, 32, pitched out of the bullpen for both the Astros and the White Sox, compiling a 3-8 record and 3.31 earned-run average. He demonstrated his command of the strike zone by walking only 15 in 65⅓ innings.
Even though he was used as a reliever exclusively in 2012, Myers has been primarily a starter during his 11-year career. In 2010 and 2011, he posted a 21-22 record and 3.71 ERA as a member of Houston’s rotation.
The Tribe already has an abundance of right-handed relievers but needs help in the rotation, which means that Myers probably will return to his role as a starter.
At the moment, the only pitchers with a lock on a spot in the rotation are Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Zach McAllister. The other prime contender for a starting job is Carlos Carrasco, with Corey Kluber and Jeanmar Gomez also getting a look.
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