Yesterday, the Cleveland Indians picked up one-year options on three of their pitchers: Paul Byrd, Joe Borowski, and Aaron Fultz. Here is a list of their option prices and my estimates of their 2007 performances.
Pitcher Option 2007 Value Paul Byrd $7.5 million $8.9 million Joe Borowski $4.0 million $3.4 million Aaron Fultz $1.5 million $2.0 million
It is no surprise that the Indians picked them up. Will the HGH issues be a problem with Byrd? I doubt there is much risk since anything he did—no matter what is true motives—was not against league rules. If he is suspended, the Indians would not have to pay his salary for the missed time; however, they might miss out on signing a substitute starting pitcher.
Addendum: Also, Indians GM Mark Shapiro was named baseball Executive of the Year. I’ve been a big fan of what the Indians are doing, and I found them to be the best-managed organization in the American League in my book.