GOODYEAR, Ariz. — When the Houston Astros concluded sweeping the Indians in the ALDS in Oct, Jason Kipnis didn’t know exactly where he’d be at this exact moment.
There was a likelihood he could have been traded about the winter season. There was even a far better likelihood he could have been taking part in heart or still left area when spring coaching opened. But on Monday, supervisor Terry Francona explained Kipnis was returning to his familiar posture of 2nd foundation.
“He’s our 2nd baseman,” explained Francona just before Monday’s 1st entire-squad workout of spring coaching. “When he’s a good player, we’re a distinctive workforce. His numbers took a hit (final year) due to the fact he started off so undesirable, but the 2nd portion of the year he was a rather good player and we were being a far better workforce.”
Kipnis already experienced a feeling that he’d be back at 2nd when he claimed early to Goodyear, Ariz. Francona designed it official in their personal conference about the weekend.
“He even presented to go back and forth among 2nd and the outfield,” explained Francona. “I appreciated it, but I really don’t know how good it was to him. I told him I’d talk to him if a little something at any time improved.”
Kipnis has absent to the All-Star Match two times as a 2nd baseman. In all chance this will be his last season in an Indians uniform. He is in the final year of his deal, and the Indians are not predicted to workout his club selection for 2020.
“I feel he has a little something to prove,” explained Francona. “Even when you’ve been in the match seven or 8 years, fellas really don’t like not remaining as good as they can be. They have a lot of pleasure. I place him in that category.”
Kipnis, 31 in April, hit .230 (122-for-530) with 18 homers and 75 RBI final season. The ability numbers masked a gradual start that observed Kipnis hit .197 (49-for-249) by June 15.
This will be Kipnis’ eighth season in the big leagues. He is invested them all with the Indians.