By Paul Hoynes, cleveland.com | Posted February 11, 2019 at 07:01 PM
Francisco Lindor. (Ross D. Franklin, Involved Push)
No. 1: Will Francisco Lindor be all set for the year opener on March 28 at Target Subject?
CLEVELAND, Ohio – With Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to spring instruction on Tuesday in Goodyear, Ariz., in this article are 10 thoughts experiencing the team following an offseason in which a number of players still left through trades or no cost agency.
Finest scenario state of affairs: Lindor’s wounded ideal calf responds speedily to procedure and he’s able to play the past half of the exhibition year in March to put together for the year opener and the rest of the frequent year.
Worst scenario state of affairs: Lindor re-injures the calf muscle in the course of spring instruction and opens the year on the disabled checklist. He doesn’t be a part of the lineup right until late April or early May well.
What will most likely materialize: Lindor will pass up the first 10 days or so of the year right before rejoining the lineup. The Indians aren’t heading to hurry him back again.
Corey Kluber. (Tony Dejak, Involved Push)
No. 2: Will the Indians trade Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer in the course of the year?
Finest scenario state of affairs: The Indians roll to their fourth straight AL Central title behind strong beginning pitching and unforeseen manufacturing from the offense and bullpen. The rotation is held intact for an additional enterprise into the postseason.
Worst scenario state of affairs: The Indians start out the year slowly and get worse. By the All-Star crack they’re out of contention and Kluber or Bauer are traded to start out the rebuilding course of action.
What will most likely materialize: The Indians will wait right until the off-year to make a determination on Kluber or Bauer. Kluber has club selections for 2020 and 2021. Bauer will be a no cost agent following the 2020 year.
Carlos Santana performed past year with the Phillies. (Michael Perez, Involved Push)