CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians are reportedly talking to GM Mike Chernoff about a contract extension. ESPN’s Buster Olney was first to report the possibility.
Chernoff just finished his third year as GM and his 15th season overall with the Indians. He reportedly recently turned down a chance to interview for the Mets’ vacant GM job. Chernoff, who declined to comment on a possible extension, and Chris Antonetti, president of baseball operations, are the top baseball executives with the Indians. They’ll be faced with a challenging offseason.
The Indians have 11 players who will become free agents after the World Series. Cody Allen, Andrew Miller, Oliver Perez, Michael Brantley, Josh Donaldson, Melky Cabrera and Rajai Davis are among them.
Carlos Carrasco, who won 17 games during the regular season, and outfielder Brandon Guyer have 2019 club options that require decisions five days after the last game of the World Series.
The Indians also have eight players eligible for arbitration: Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Cody Anderson, Nick Goody, Neil Ramirez, Danny Salazar, Leonys Martin and Brandon Barnes.