CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Indians have been wheeling and dealing since the end of the Winter Meetings in an effort to lower their historically high payroll and still be competitive in the AL Central division and make it to October.
The Indians have traded Yan Gomes, Edward Encarnacion, Yandy Diaz and Yonder Alonso while also losing Lonnie Chisenhall, Josh Donaldson, Michael Brantley and Raja Davis to free agency. Plus, there are several other free agents still unsigned including Cody Allen, Andrew Miller and Josh Tomlin.
There are also rumors that the Indians might even trade pitching aces Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer. Still, Manager Terry Francona insists the team is not going backwards with its payroll-reducing moves.
While the Tribe may not be going backwards, one could say that with the acquisition of Carlos Santana from the Seattle Mariners for Encarnacion, the Indians are going back to the future because Santana played for the Indians before, from 2010-17.
Crowquill, by Plain Dealer artist Ted Crow, appears three times a week in The Plain Dealer and on cleveland.com.