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The Indians have completed the work of cutting payroll. They will save at least $30 million in the deal sent by Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the Mets. Chris Antonetti, team president, stated that this transaction “provides us with the financial flexibility to reinvest in the team, which will make us more competitive.”
2. The Indians will not use all the 30 million dollars in this deal for players, but some of them will be used. I heard that one of their main targets is free agent second baseman Cesar Hernandez (Cesar Hernandez), who will play well for the Horde in 2020. The 30-year-old hit .283 (.763 OPS) with 3.HR and 20 RBI. He led the American League in 20 doubles games last season.
3. I would throw it there: long shot, but what about Michael Brantley? He is a free agent. I heard the Indians plan to talk to him. Since leaving the tribe, he has played in Houston for two seasons. As usual, Brantley hit .300… .309 to be precise (.867 OPS). Brantley is 33 years old. I guess some teams will offer him a lucrative multi-year contract. Indians may eventually look for free agents, such as Eddie Rosario or Jackie Bradley.
4. As part of the Lindor deal, the Indians did receive infielders Andres Gimenez (Andres Gimenez) and Amed Rosario (Amed Rosario). The tribe can be with Gimenez briefly and with Rosario in the second. Rosario has always been a career shortcut, but the Indians think he can easily adapt to the second.
5. The tribe believes that 22-year-old Gimenez can be their starting shortcut for a long time. They like his gloves and think they are outstanding. Jimenez missed 22 games for the Mets. He also played 1
6. The tribe also believes that Gimenez was sent to the major. He jumped from the AA level to the major leagues. Gimenez hit a respectable .263 (.732 OPS) with 3 HR and 12 RBI in 118 beats. He has 8/9 of the stolen bases. The Indians believed that he could become a big hit. The Indians did not say that, but I believe they think Gimenez is the key figure in the deal.
7. If the Indians sign Hernandez, they can send Jimenez to AAA to participate in regular games. They can start with Rosario (Rosario) and second in Hernandez (Hernandez) in a short time. Then they can mention Gimenez at the beginning of the 2021 season. Indians tend to be patient with their future.
8. Rosario was ranked 8th in all baseball rankings by Baseball America in 2017. ESPN ranked him 3rd in its ranking. The 25-year-old athlete has good athletic ability and is an excellent regular athlete. In 2019, he hit .287 (.755 OPS) with 15 HR and 72 RBI.
9. But in 2020, Rosario hit .252 (.643 OPS), and by the end of the season, Jimenez played more shortstops. Rosario doesn’t walk much, only four of 147 appearances in 2020. He accounted for 50 of the 75 points in the stolen base, accounting for only 67%. You want to exceed 80% at least. The Indians believe that he has a lot of natural abilities and needs time to integrate. At least, he is a respected midfielder in the major leagues.
10. Why did the Indians put Carlos Carrasco in the transaction? First, the Mets want to use their right-hand man. It is expected that the new ownership of the Mets will make Lindo a big deal to renew his contract, but he can still enter the open market after the end of the season. Carrasco renewed his contract for two seasons and chose 2023. Even if they lose Lindo after 2021, they will keep in touch with the Mets.
11. I heard that the Indians talked about Carrasco with several teams. When he was wanted, the demand was not high. The team is worried because Carrasco will turn 34 on March 21. He is a leukemia survivor. This disease prevented him from participating in the competition for most of the 2019 season.
12. In the vicinity of baseball, when the Indian trades a senior starting pitcher, beware. Yes, Trevor Bauer performed well against the Red Army in 2020. But after being traded in the 2019 deadline, he did not perform well on the Cincinnati stadium. Corey Kluber (Corey Kluber) was traded to Texas (Texas) after pitching a game. Mike Clevinger drove four games for San Diego, then injured his elbow and missed 2021 due to Tommy John’s elbow surgery.
13. The Indians were willing to trade with Carrasco not only to transfer a two-year deal worth $27 million, but also because of the wealth they started to pitch. They may rotate this season under the leadership of Cy Young champion Shane Bieber. Then come Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac. That is the Big Three. They may fill the last two spots on the list: Triston McKenzie, Cal Quantrill and Adam Plutko.
14. The Indians also have a few young starters who may become an important factor sometime in 2021: Scott Moss, Logan Allen, Sam Hunters and Ai Lee Morgan. Let’s add Joey Cantillo to the list. He was acquired in a deal with Clevinger in San Diego. The 21-year-old left-hander has a record of 13 wins and 7 losses among minors, with an ERA of 2.51. He has not surpassed the A grade, but he can grow quickly.
15. In the second group of beginners, my favorite is Moss. He is a 26-year-old left-handed and was a star pitcher at the University of Florida. He was selected in 2016. His professional minor league record is 41-17 and his ERA is 3.28. He has a starting time of 1.93 in four games in the AAA Columbus in 2019.
16. The other two players acquired by the Horde in the trade are Josh Wolf and Isaiah Green. Both are several years away from majors. Both rating systems rank them as one of the top ten prospects for Metropolis. Greene has not played professional football. He was drafted in 2019 by Wolfe being Mets’ second-round pick in 2020 when the high school player Mets’ second-round pick.
17. Wolf, who is 6-foot-3, is cherished by the Mets. They gave him a signing bonus of $2.1 million, which is $800,000 more than the “vacancy” in the second round of the draft. He went to Texas A&M University until the Met showed him the money. Wolf’s average fastball speed is about 93 mph, and his top speed is 96 mph. Remember, he only has 20 miles and is still improving. His career includes 12 strikeouts in 8 games at the Novice Prom in 2019. It is said that his best performance is his slider.
18. Green is the 69th overall pick in the 2020 draft. This is an athletic outfielder from Corona High School in California. He is a 6-foot-1 left-handed player. The Indians had poor results in Wolf and Green’s first/second round. They choose young potential customers because they think they have greater value than the average potential customer.
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