The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent pitcher Brett Myers, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The deal includes a club option for a second year, Heyman is reporting.
Myers, a 32-year-old right-hander, had also been linked with the Padres, Twins, Royals and Orioles. He has pitched as both a starter and reliever during his 11-year career, and while he spent last season as a reliever for the Astros and White Sox, previous reports indicated that he prefers to start.
Myers posted a 3.31 ERA last season with 41 strikeouts in 65.1 innings, including 19 saves for the Astros. In 2011, his last season as a starter, he went 7-14 with a 4.46 ERA.
The Indians can slot the former Phillies first-round draft pick — in 1999, when newly hired Indians manager Terry Francona was with Philadelphia — into a rotation that includes Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson and 21-year-old Trevor Bauer, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in a three-way deal that sent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati.
Cleveland has been busy this offseason, as the team has also added center fielder Drew Stubbs, right fielder Nick Swisher and first baseman Mark Reynolds, and has shopped shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.