Even after their busy offseason, the Indians have the money to acquire Lohse or Bourn. Plus, the team’s first-round pick is protected and it doesn’t have a second-round selection in this summer’s draft, as it was sent to the New York Yankees during the signing of outfielder Nick Swisher. For that reason, Cleveland would only have to surrender a third-round pick to sign Lohse or Bourn.
So far this offseason, the Indians have added Swisher, Mark Reynolds, Ryan Raburn, Jason Giambi, Brett Myers, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Matt Capps, Scott Kazmir and Ben Francisco. Swisher is the only player that received a multi-year contract.
Lohse would add another veteran presence to the Indians’ rotation, while Bourn would allow Swisher to shift to first base, Reynolds to designated hitter and provide Cleveland with an outfield consisting of Bourn, Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs.