2011 MLB Winter Meetings: Indians Quiet On The Willingham Front
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DALLAS, TX (92.3 The Fan) – Following the news that the Indians were one of nine teams interested in Oakland outfielder Josh Willingham, there were plenty of questions of what kind of deal it would take to land him.
Willingham hit .246 with Oakland last year, hitting a career high 29 homers and 98 RBI. At least four other teams of the nine that appear interested are the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Boston Red Sox.
Last season in Oakland Willingham made $6 million with a one-year deal, but after his season one would expect him to demand a lot more on the open market.
Tuesday his agent, Matt Sosnick, confirmed that while he has spoken to the Indians, no contract offer to his client has been made.
“They have not made an offer of any kind,” Sosnick said in an email. “I have spoken in broad strokes with (GM) Chris (Antonetti) but nothing is close.”
It could be a feeling out process for Willingham and the other teams on the list of suitors. Last season was his first in the American League, but it was also his best, so it’s anyone’s guess if he would want to stay in the AL or not.
He’s 32 years old, bats right, and normally plays left field, where right now the Indians have Michael Brantley penciled in.
It’s still an option for the Indians, but as of right now, the team has yet to put a formal offer for him on the table.
Rondon Designated: The Indians Tuesday designated right handed pitcher Hector Rondon for assignment to create room on the club’s 40-man roster for the November 23rd signing of Grady Sizemore.
Rondon underwent right elbow surgery on November 15th in Gulf Breeze, FL by Dr. James Andrews to repair a fracture within the elbow. Hector made 5 relief appearances for Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League, the last of which came on November 5th. Expected recovery time is 5-7 months from the time of the surgery.
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