Here is my MLB 2019 Offseason Breakdown Blog. This time it is on the Cleveland Indians and I will talk about who the Indians acquired and lost, their starting lineup and pitching rotation and my prediction for them this season. Let’s get into the blog.
Offseason Acquisitions and Loses:
Michael Brantley signs a 2 year $32 million contract with the Astros
So this is a hard loss for the Indians because Brantley is a very good player. Brantley made his second straight All-Star game last season and had a batting average of .309 to go along with 17 home runs and 76 RBI’s. Hard to replace a player like that.
Andrew Miller Signs a 2 year $25 million contract with the Cardinals
Another shitty lose for the Indians as they lose one of the best relief pitchers in the MLB. Now Miller did have a bad season last year having a 4.24 ERA, but I would gamble on a player like Miller. This is his first bad year since 2012 so you would think he won’t do this bad once again.
Indians receive Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers and trade Yandy Diaz and Cole Sauser to the Rays and Edwin Encarnacion to the Mariners
The Indians get back Santana after he signed with the Phillies last season. He got traded to the Mariners this offseason but was 10 days later to the Indians. Santana is a good power hitter to have and I bet the Indians are happy to have him back on the roster.
Josh Donaldson signs a 1 year $23 million contract with the Braves
I get why the Indians didn’t want to sign him back. He was traded to help boost the team last season and he did his job hitting .280 in 60 plate appearance. But the constant for this team seems like the Indians don’t like to spend money. So if they weren’t going to spend money on Brantley or Miller, why would they on Donaldson. Also with Santana back on the team, he has nowhere to play.
Indians traded Yonder Alonso to the White Sox for a minor league player
Didn’t really get this trade from the Indians viewpoint. Alonso is a good power hitter to have so to trade the guy for basically nothing is weird.
C: Roberto Perez
1B: Jake Bauers
2B: Jason Kipnis
3B: Jose Ramirez
SS: Fransisco Lindor
LF: Jordan Luplow
CF: Leonys Martin
RF: Tyler Naquin
DH: Carlos Santana
1. Corey Kluber
2. Carlos Carrasco
3. Trevor Bauer
4. Mike Clevinger
5. Shane Bieber
Offseason Grade: C-
Man if it wasn’t for the Indians being in the worst division in baseball who knows what they would do this season because I don’t think a team of Fransisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez can carry this team very far hitting wise. I am scared for what the Indians are going to do because if this offseason tells us anything its that the Indians are a cheap team. Probably not shocking news.
But with Kluber set to hit free agency after this season, the Indians might blow up this team. There three pitchers have been on the trading block for God knows how long. If the Indians do not trade their pitching they will make the playoffs, but I do not see them being in it for very long.
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