Cleveland Indians State Of The Union For 2016
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The Indians have had three straight losing seasons. The problem is that they have gone from 92, to 85 to 81 wins over the last 3 years. That is not the kind of trajectory you want to be on.
With the strong onus on the clubs drafting and decent trades over the last few years, it has been the Free Agency signings they haven’t fared so well on.
Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn killed their budget over the last few years, but at least they got from under those two players by dealing them both with some cash to Atlanta for 3B Chris Johnson. The result is some better flexibility with cash going forward.
It is funny though, as they could use a CF and a 1B/DH type as their top two needs on the acquisitions market this winter. They could use a guy with some pop from the right side as a Center Fielder. The Tribe should definitely target Austin Jackson as a priority.
Michael Brantley is as solid as they come in LF, and is a great value contract at an average of $9 MIL per season over the next 3 years.
The club has Lonnie Chisenhall as their #1 guy on the RF depth chart, but the club could also stand to sign another player for beyond the grass. There is a definite chance they can re-sign Ryan Raburn again too.
Indians Target List:
The Indians could use an offensive player who hits for a decent Batting Average – but also Walks a lot.
They should be fine at Catcher with Yan Gomes signed for years.
Having picked up Chris Johnson may have been ever better than they could have imagined as the hot corner market is futile right now on the open market. Having a guy with a .280 Batting Average lifetime is not so bad.
Only Houston Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve can rival the potential offense these two guys may put up next year, This may make up for the lack of 1B/DH numbers they have if they can’t improve at the position.
Carlos Santana should be a permanent DH, and they 1B slot should be a wide open proposition for a transaction soon.
You have to add to the Outfield depth as Abraham Almonte can’t be listed as your Starting CF if you are going to contend.
With Cleveland never breaking the bank financially, one of the guys we already discussed at the position would be perfect.
The Bullpen has always found a way to get it done for Terry Francona teams, and they could also keep building it up through mid season trades. It is never a good idea for a small market team to invest in a Relief Core in the offseason.
So far with all of the contracts the team has, they could potentially spend $25 – $30 Million this offseason.
One more thought I had for them is to sign a guy like Bartolo Colon. You may only get him for a half of year, but an added arm to the rotation, mixed in with his leadership, could really help out the young core on the team next season. His pricetag would not be that high.
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Posted on November 25, 2015, in MLB Teams State Of the Unions and tagged adam lind, angel pagan, austin jackson, bartolo colon, Carlos Carrasco, carlos correa, chris antonetti, chris johnson, Cleveland Indians Roster 2016, Cody Anderson, Francisco Lindor, james loney, jason heyward, jason kipnis, john jaso, jon jay, Josh Tomlin, justin morneau, lonnie chisenhall, michael bourn, nick swisher, pedro alvarez, Progressive Park, ryan raburn, Terry Francona, trevor bauer, yan gomes. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.