The Cleveland Indians have inked pitcher Brett Myers to a one-year, $7 million contract, according to Paul Hoynes. The contract also has a club option that could keep Myers in Cleveland in 2014 -- or help make for attractive trade bait at some point down the line. Myers was used as a reliever last season, but the Indians reportedly plan on using him as a starter.
Myers finished last season as a member of the Chicago White Sox after spending the previous two and a half years in Houston, and he was solid down the stretch as Chicago battled for a division title. Myers was almost exclusively a one-inning reliever last season, throwing 75.1 innings across 70 appearances. In those innings he allowed 24 earned runs while striking out 41 batters and walking just 15.
In 2011, when Myers last spent a full season as a starter, he compiled a 4.46 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 33 starts. In the previous year, though, his ERA was at 3.14 in 33 starts, and any number between those two would be a boost to an Indians team light on solid starting pitching.