Francisco Lindor celebrates a household operate with Jose Ramirez at Comerica Park in July. (Gregory Shamus, Getty Illustrations or photos)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — It is no secret that the Cleveland Indians will enter spring teaching with quite a few concerns about where by their offense is going to arrive from in 2019.
But just how considerably firepower does the club have to have to exchange subsequent the departure of 6 standard contributors from past season’s lineup, together with a pair of All-Stars and a traditionally-consistent slugger?
Absent are no cost agent outfielder Michael Brantley and his group-best .309 batting typical alongside with catcher Yan Gomes and his strong .449 slugging share. Edwin Encarnacion, who strike at minimum 30 household operates and drove in at minimum 100 operates in 6 of the past seven seasons, was traded to Seattle in December, and Yonder Alonso took his vocation-superior 83 RBI to Chicago in a trade.
Stepping in will be a assortment of unproven youngsters together with Jake Bauers and Jordan Luplow, who have every appeared in fewer than 100 MLB online games, as nicely as veteran Carlos Santana, whose vocation averages dipped throughout the board in his age 32 season past 12 months with Philadelphia.
Indians president of baseball functions Chris Antonetti mentioned Friday the doorway will be open up for newcomers these as Bauers and Luplow, as nicely as far more acquainted names like Greg Allen and Tyler Naquin to show that they belong on the big-league roster. Supplying people possibilities is an significant component as the club positions itself for achievement in 2019 and beyond.
“We’re hopeful that there are places on our roster — no matter if that is in the bullpen, the back again part of our rotation or even our place players — that some young players will choose benefit of the possibilities in front of them,” Antonetti mentioned.