The Indians’ ongoing effort to cut back their payroll within the instant future has been a topic of nice debate, with some questioning why Cleveland’s possession would power main modifications to a gaggle that may be a prohibitive favourite to win the AL Central in 2019. They ask why the Indians would not look to add to Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, quite than buying and selling one in every of them, which might occur within the days forward.
However there’s extra to what the Indians are doing than shedding cash; they’re pushed by greater than an effort to handle the underside line. The Indians are additionally making an attempt to higher place the franchise to stay aggressive, on this period of tanking, for the years after Kluber, Bauer and Francisco Lindor are with different golf equipment.
The Indians executed one of the vital vital trades of the winter, a three-team cope with the Rays and Mariners, and thru the swap of gamers and money, they decreased their 2019 payroll obligations. They traded designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, acquired Carlos Santana and received a dollop of money, and these are the headline items of the deal.
However the Indians additionally landed Jake Bauers, who made his main league debut for the Rays final season.