Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer comprised a list of the Indians’
Top 5 and Bottom 5 free agent signings in their franchise history.
Two former Cubs made the list…in the Bottom 5, no less.
Kerry Wood and Ricky Gutierrez.
In Hoynes’ words:
- 2. RHP Kerry Wood – Signed: Dec. 13, 2008 to a 2-year, $20.5M deal. Stats: Former GM Mark Shapiro thought the Indians were ready to win and Wood would be the last piece as a lock-down closer. Wood, as his history showed, couldn’t stay healthy and never really got the hang of closing after being a starter most of his career. The Indians have not spent big money on a free agent since.
- 4. 2B Ricky Gutierrez – Signed: Dec. 17, 2001 to a 2-year, $6M deal.
Stats: In their haste to replace Roberto Alomar at second base, the Indians signed free agent Ricky Gutierrez, who was coming off a career season with the Cubs. The problem was Gutierrez was damaged goods. He needed two vertebra fused in his neck and played only 110 games in two years for the Tribe.