CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians general manager Chris Antonetti has a clear list of priorities going into next week's winter meetings.
Cleveland was one of baseball's most surprising teams last season, winning 92 games and wrapping up a wild-card spot on the final day. Several key members from that playoff team won't return, however, and Antonetti has some work to do if the Indians are going to return to the postseason.
Finding help for the pitching staff, both in the rotation and bullpen, tops Antonetti's shopping list. The Indians have already lost starter Scott Kazmir and setup man Joe Smith to free agency while right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the team's best pitcher down the stretch, is also expected to sign elsewhere. Closer Chris Perez was released in October.
The Indians' biggest move has been signing outfielder David Murphy to a $12 million, two-year contract last month.