The Indians think Allen could handle the closing job but appear set on bringing in a veteran to handle those duties, MLB.com reports. "We just want as many good pitchers as we can in the bullpen," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We feel that Cody and Bryan (Shaw) are both capable of pitching in that role, if that's the way our roster takes shape this winter. In an ideal world, we would prefer to bring in a guy, or multiple guys, that have late-inning experience."
The Indians believe that Carrasco is ready to win a starting rotation spot this spring, MLB.com reports. "We envision him starting a lot of games for us," manager Terry Francona said on Wednesday. "That's the goal, to come in, be a starter and log a bunch of innings, and kind of take off. I think we all feel it's his time to take the ball and go."
McGuire (shoulder) should be able to play in the New Orleans Bowl against Tulane on Dec. 21, the Daily Advertiser reports. The freshman left the loss against South Alabama last Saturday after being driven to the turf.