By Paul Hoynes, cleveland.com | Posted December 01, 2018 at 10:33 AM | Updated December 01, 2018 at 11:12 AM
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Yan Gomes (right) and Brad Hand. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)
Did the trade of Yan Gomes really help the Indians?
Hey, Hoynsie: The Indians got nothing for Yan Gomes from the Washington Nationals that will help them next year. Unless the player to be named is great, they got nothing back. I imagine his departure will not have a positive impact on the pitchers who remain here. I cannot believe they did a salary dump. Every trade they have made this winter makes no sense. What the heck are they doing? — Dennis Nosco.
Hey, Dennis: The Indians are trying to thread the needle — trim payroll and get younger while staying on top of a rebuilding AL Central. They say it’s not going to be a fire sale, but contending and rebuilding at the same time is almost an impossible thing to do.
Roberto Perez (right) and Dan Otero. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)
Is Roberto Perez really going to be the starting catcher?
Hey, Hoynsie: The Yan Gomes trade is a perfect example of why this team hasn’t won a World Series in over 70 years. Can’t wait to watch Roberto Perez and his .168 average next year. He is not a MLB quality player. He belongs on the Lake Erie Crushers. It’s about time for the media to start calling for the Dolans to sell the team to someone who is more interested in winning than building more concession stands. — Sean Skinner.
Hey, Sean: Perez had a bad season in 2018, no doubt. But in the past, when he’s received regular playing time, he’s had success at the plate. He played well in the postseason in 2016 and he’s always been a solid defensive catcher with a good arm.
One more thing, the Indians have won more games in the AL over the last six years than any other team. Let’s wait and see what the rest of the offseason holds.
Jefry Rodriguez. (Gene J. Puskar, Associated Press)