The Kearnal is Back, Indians add two outfieldersIt is seriously the busiest day of the offseason today. Not only have the Indians inked Travis Buck to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, they've brought back Austin Kearns into the mix with a guaranteed major league deal worth a little over $1 million.
The Indians were searching for a right-handed compliment to their trio of left-handed outfielders and Kearns fit the bill. We brought up the fact that he made his residence in Cleveland not too long ago and with the guaranteed deal from the Indians, it seems to be a perfect match for the two sides.
Kearns signing likely means that Shelley Duncan is going to get designated for assignment, which sucks because we've all grown to love Crazy Shelley. But the only other options include designated Justin Germano, a bullpen arm, or Trevor Crowe, a player Manny Acta really likes.
I personally would get rid of Crowe, but the club probably thinks they'll retain Duncan's services so that will likely be the move. Plus his status on the roster becomes sort of duplicated by Kearns being there.
This is probably the need the Indians had to fill least out of their three big ones, but it was the one where they were readily available options on the cheap. Plus Kearns has a relationship with this team and the city from last year and it makes all sort of sense.
Kearns was dealt to the Yankees before the trading deadline last year for Zach McAllister, who was placed on the 40-man roster prior to the Rule V Draft. So in the end of it all, the Indians end up with both McAllister and Kearns on their roster. Very rarely do you see that type of situation happen, but it finally has.
The Indians also added another outfielder in Travis Buck, the former Athletics player who's ultra injury prone, to a minor league deal. Who knows what purpose Buck serves, other than a warm body for spring training, but let's just hope he doesn't have to play in the freezing cold.
Everyone get your guns out, time to salute The Kearnal...