Cleveland Indians: Recapping the FanSided Winter Meetings simulation

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The real hot stove is about to heat up for the Cleveland Indians, but first we can look back at the results from our own offseason simulation. December is set to begin and with the new month comes more stress and excitement for Cleveland Indians fans. Free agency should begin to heat up and by […]

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Matt Adams could be a target for the Cleveland Indians

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As the Major League Baseball non-tender deadline quickly approaches, the Atlanta Braves are looking to move Matt Adams. The Cleveland Indians could be the ideal landing spot. With the potential departure of free agent Carlos Santana, first base is a question the Cleveland Indians need to answer. Santana is by no means out of the […]

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Seven Arbitration Considerations Pending for the Tribe

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The clock is ticking loudly around Major League Baseball as teams have until Friday night (8 PM ET) to decide whether or not to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players.

The decisions for the Cleveland Indians may be fairly easy this year, but keeping all seven of their arbitration-eligible players will shrink what little financial wiggle room the organization has all the more.

The Indians set a franchise record for salary spent last season, and with a significant amount of money due to returning players already because of the way many of the existing contracts on the roster are structured, Cleveland is already on the brink of equaling last season’s payroll, and that includes money subtracted by the culmination of the contracts of Jay Bruce, Carlos Santana, Bryan Shaw, and other free agents following the 2017 season.

Compounding the problem are the number of raises forthcoming to returning veterans under contract. Jason Kipnis is due an increase of $4.5 million from $9.167 million to $13.667 million. Edwin Encarnacion’s spot on the books increases $4M to a 2018 rate of $18.667M. Cy Young winner Corey Kluber will earn $3M more in 2018 than 2017, while Michael Brantley ($2.625M), Jose Ramirez ($1.86M), Carlos Carrasco ($1.5M), Yan Gomes ($1.45M), and Roberto Perez ($950,000) are also looking at big money coming their ways.

Cleveland has five pitchers (Cody Allen, Trevor Bauer, Zach McAllister, Dan Otero, and Danny Salazar) and two position players (Abraham Almonte and Lonnie Chisenhall) who qualify for arbitration this offseason. The Indians could decide to non-tender any of the seven players, making them free agents. The team could also free up some money by trading them away.

Bauer looks to be in line for the largest jump in pay for the 2018 season. The 27-year-old came into his own this past season, giving the Indians a career-best performance on the mound. He went 17-9 on the season in 32 games (31 starts), posting a 4.19 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP while averaging a career-high 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings. He fell just four strikeouts short of the 200-K mark and did so in 176 1/3 innings of work.

Bauer made $3.55M last season and is arbitration eligible for the second time in his six-year MLB career. MLBTradeRumors.com estimates that the right-hander could slot in at a $7.7M figure for the coming season, more than doubling his pay from 2017 with a $4.15M increase.

Allen figures to be the highest paid player of the bunch. The 29-year-old late inning specialist is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility and looks to be paid handsomely. He made $4.15M in his first year of arbitration and saw that figure jump to $7.35M last season. MLB Trade Rumors projects that Allen could see money in the range of $10.8M for 2018.

Allen went 3-7 in 69 games during the 2017 season, finishing with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP while earning 30 saves in 34 opportunities.

Allen and Bauer both could be players that the club looks to lock up on longer term deals, especially in the case of Allen, as the bullpen is already facing potential losses of free agents Shaw and Joe Smith this winter, while Andrew Miller, like Allen, will be in the final year of his contract in 2018.

Salazar - Jason Miller/Getty Images

Salazar – Jason Miller/Getty Images

Salazar remains a curious case for the Tribe. He made $3.4M in 2017 in his first year of arbitration eligibility and per the educated guesswork at MLBTR, he could make something in the range of $5.2M.

It is more than an affordable figure for a quality starting pitcher in the game today, but the 27-year-old one-time All-Star has been a conundrum on the mound. He was limited by injuries again last season and found himself excluded from the postseason rotation and even worked out of the bullpen at times during the regular season. With several other candidates for spots at the back end of the starting rotation, including Josh Tomlin, Mike Clevinger, and Ryan Merritt, Salazar could be an attractive trade piece for an Indians team lacking the financial flexibility to replace the offense potentially gone via free agency. The Indians have needs at several positions around the field and do not appear to have the money to throw at all of the glaring areas of concern.

With several years of control remaining, Salazar would be enticing for some clubs willing to take a shot on him while his stock is down some. He went 5-6 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in 23 games (19 starts) in 2017.

Relievers McAllister and Otero would also appear to be tender candidates by Friday night. The Indians bullpen took a hit when Shaw and Smith hit the open market, and with Allen and Miller potentially gone following the 2018 season, it leaves few trusted and reliable arms in the bullpen for the years ahead. McAllister, who was a fringe non-tender option last season, saw his salary jump from $1.3M in 2016 to $1.825M last year.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old is projected to make $2.4M in his final season under contract with the Indians. He was 2-2 for Cleveland in 2017, appearing in 50 games with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP, the best mark of his career.

Otero has arbitration eligibility for both this coming season and following the 2018 campaign. The 32-year-old made $1.05M after his first year of eligibility last year and is in line for a raise to the $1.4M mark. He worked in 52 games for the Tribe in 2017, going 3-0 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in a second strong season of work in Terry Francona’s bullpen.

On the position player side, Chisenhall could be entering his final year with the Indians. He put up good numbers overall in another season shortened by injuries. He appeared in just over half (82) of the team’s games, slashing .288/.360/.521 with 17 doubles, 12 homers, and 53 RBI while working at all three outfield spots and first base. Given his flexibility in the outfield and the club’s potential hole at first base, Chisenhall should be safe for a return to Cleveland in 2018.

Chisenhall made $4.3M in 2017 and is estimated to see that number grow to $5.8M for 2018.

Almonte may be the biggest question mark out of the group. He is arbitration eligible for the first time, but he is coming off of a second consecutive injury-shortened season for the Tribe. While he displayed a better eye in 2017, his batting average took more than a 30-point hit and his power numbers were down by nearly half. The switch-hitter also struggled against left-handers, limiting his platoon opportunities.

While Almonte, 28, could be seen as a non-tender candidate due to a generally crowded outfield, he projects for a small salary jump from $544,200 to $1.1M, making the possible savings for the Indians insubstantial.

Last season, the Indians offered contracts to eight of their nine arbitration eligible players, opting to non-tender right-handed reliever Jeff Manship.

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Cleveland Indians: Awaiting the end of a slow November

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The news cycle surrounding the Cleveland Indians has been incredibly slow in November, but that should change in December. November is nearly over after a slow month of news for Cleveland Indians fans. The team made a few minor roster moves, but the likes of Carlos Santana, Jay Bruce, Bryan Shaw and Austin Jackson remain […]

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How Shohei Ohtani’s MLB arrival affects the Cleveland Indians

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Possibly the most hyped foreign player in recent memory is coming to America to play baseball. How does his arrival in the MLB affect the Cleveland Indians? If you follow baseball, then by now you’ve likely heard of Shohei Ohtani. If you haven’t then get ready to. Ohtani has been called “The Babe Ruth of […]

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Cleveland Indians: A major trade in the FanSided Winter Meetings

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The FanSided Winter Meetings simulation remains in progress, and a major trade has been made between the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants. Today is the final day of FanSided’s offseason simulation, and the final day in which I can pretend to be the Cleveland Indians‘ general manager. It’s been a good run. I didn’t […]

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Youth was served when Indians hired Boudreau as player-manager

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The Indians suddenly found themselves in the market for a manager after the 1941 season.

Although Cy Slapnicka was celebrated as a scout, unearthing pitching talent like Mel Harder, Herb Score, Bob Lemon and most famously, Bob Feller, he had a rough go as the team’s general manager. After missing out on the pennant in 1940, the Indians ended up four games below .500 in a tie for fourth place – 26 games behind the pennant-winning Yankees. Slapnicka, who had had a heart attack in 1938, wanted to return to scouting, which he said was his first love. After one year as manager, Roger Peckinpaugh was promoted to the front office, but that opened a vacancy in the Indians’ dugout.

And as it turned out, the new manager was found in the Tribe dugout as well.

The Nov. 26, 1941 edition of the Plain Dealer screamed across the front page that the new manager would be Lou Boudreau. At age 24, not only was Boudreau called the “boy manager,” but he was the youngest regular manager in Major League history. The only younger manager was Peckinpaugh himself, like Boudreau, a shortstop in his playing days. Peck managed the Yankees at the age of 23 for the last three weeks of the 1914 season after Frank Chance resigned, going 10-10 before he was succeeded by Wild Bill Donovan. (Ironically, Peckinpaugh, broke in with the Indians, the team that signed him off the Cleveland sandlots, before being traded to New York to make way for Ray Chapman.)

Nobody was more surprised by the hire than Boudreau’s wife Delia, who said bluntly, “I thought he was too young for the job.”

But even though Boudreau had just completed his second major league season, Indians owner Alva Bradley was confident he made the right hire, noting that he’d interviewed about a dozen men for the job and couldn’t find anyone with a professional – or personal – record as spotless as Boudreau’s.

“We couldn’t afford not to take advantage of Lou Boudreau’s natural gift for leadership,” Bradley said. “I don’t know of another man of whom I could be so certain that he would be thoroughly respected by the players, press and public. Lou is smart, he’s a great ball player, a fine young man, a fighter and a leader.”

The Plain Dealer noted that he could literally be a fighter, pointing out that he had to be restrained from taking a swing at Johnny Berardino during a game the previous season with the Browns. Boudreau, the story pointed out, weighed in about a buck-sixty.

Boudreau, an Illinois native who played baseball and basketball at the University of Illinois, was at his alma mater – where he served as an assistant basketball coach in the off-season – when he was notified of the hire. He hastened quickly to Cleveland to sign his contract, and set out shortly thereafter on his managing duties.

Two weeks after the hire, the United States entered World War II, and most major league rosters were depleted as players joined the armed forces – the first being Feller, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese fighter planes. But Boudreau failed his physical, due to arthritis in his ankles, and continued as player-manager until after the 1950 season, and leading the Indians to their last World Series win to date.

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Cleveland Indians: Plate discipline crucial for Bradley Zimmer in 2018

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Bradley Zimmer is an impact player for the Cleveland Indians. With improved focus at the plate, he can become the all-around threat they need him to be. The success the Cleveland Indians have enjoyed throughout the last two seasons is due largely to the emergence of two superstars, in Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Lindor, […]

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Cleveland Indians: Two pitchers claimed off waivers by other teams

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Two former Cleveland Indians pitchers will be playing elsewhere in 2018 after being designated for assignment and subsequently claimed off waivers. We have been writing about our simulated offseason here at FanSided, but the Cleveland Indians have been making real moves this month. Last week saw some room on the roster be cleared to protect […]

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Cleveland Indians: Two moves made in the FanSided Winter Meetings

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The FanSided Winter Meetings are underway and the Cleveland Indians have made several trades in this year’s offseason simulation. The MLB site experts here at FanSided have begun this year’s offseason simulation, and I am serving as general manager of the Cleveland Indians. This process involves both making trades and signing free agents, with a […]

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