The Official 2020 Cleveland Indians Thread

bedevil

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Since they won't be playing in October for the first time in four years, might as well start the thread for next season. There will be plenty of questions, not the least of which are the futures of Corey Kluber and Francisco Lindor in Cleveland uniforms. Do they dump Kluber's salary and get prospects after the promising performance of Cavale, Plesac, and Plutko, and the emergence of Clevinger and Bieber as ace-caliber starters? Trade Zimmer after Mercado shined (most of the time) in center? What do you think are the Tribe's biggest needs heading into next year? Re-build or re-load?
 

wolves82

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You have part of your answer - Tribe exercising option to keep Kluber, but not Kipnis or Otero. I suspect they might try to re-sign Kip at a much lower cost.
 
Zimmer refused to go play Winter ball this year as Tribe felt he needed to get some at bats....Tito and Antonetti were not pleased so I could see Zimmer included in a trade this offseason as he has not shown he can hit at big league level or stay healthy. They also told Bauers they would like to see him work a bit harder on a consistent basis and improve his K rate and BB rate. Jose is open to playing 2b or 3b so I look for Tribe to grab an IF and adjust with Jose accordingly. Top prospect in organization is 3b Nolan Jones but he was at AA last year and may be a year away yet. Daniel Johnson may be next OF in line as he had a nice year at AAA and is only 22. Tribe may also shop one pitcher among Civale, Plutko, Plesac if it could bring back a hitter in return. Kluber and Cookie will be back in rotation next year along with Clevenger and Bieber.
 

wolves82

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I would imagine with the $$ savings on Kipnis and Bauer a free agent OF could be in the plans.
 

bedevil

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Zimmer refused to go play Winter ball this year as Tribe felt he needed to get some at bats....Tito and Antonetti were not pleased so I could see Zimmer included in a trade this offseason as he has not shown he can hit at big league level or stay healthy. They also told Bauers they would like to see him work a bit harder on a consistent basis and improve his K rate and BB rate. Jose is open to playing 2b or 3b so I look for Tribe to grab an IF and adjust with Jose accordingly. Top prospect in organization is 3b Nolan Jones but he was at AA last year and may be a year away yet. Daniel Johnson may be next OF in line as he had a nice year at AAA and is only 22. Tribe may also shop one pitcher among Civale, Plutko, Plesac if it could bring back a hitter in return. Kluber and Cookie will be back in rotation next year along with Clevenger and Bieber.
I'll be honest with you, I'd rather the Indians use Carrasco as the 8th inning set-up guy they so sorely lacked last year. He's in his mid-30's now. With Kluber back, it would be him, Clevenger, Bieber, and two of the young arms mentioned above. Who knows if Carrasco will have the stamina to go 6-7 innings for an entire year?

As for Zimmer, he might have just cut ties with the Indians. Did he not pay any attention to Oscar Merchado's season? If he thinks he's going to waltz in and take over center, I think he's sadly mistaken. Bauers? Meh. I think he'll always be just another guy.
 

Raymo

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Nothing on Yappi about the playoffs or the WS,I find that very interesting because I guess I'm not alone for could care less...BAM!
 
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