Indians remain confident despite offseason moves

The Indians believe they can win in 2019

James Rapien
January 11, 2019 - 9:03 pm
Sep 28, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (52) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians have shed payroll, made multiple trades and aren’t as talented as they were last season.

Some are questioning the front office. Is there a method to their madness?

“It’s cool to watch them piece it together each year,” Mike Clevinger said. “Now that I’ve been here for a few years and watch, it’s not like ‘Oh my God, what are we doing?’ There’s a plan and there’s always a plan. It’s always good to see. They have everything lined up.”

The Indians have plenty of holes to fill. Clevinger is confident in the front office and why shouldn’t he be? This organization has had a winning record for six-straight years. They’ve won the division three years in a row. Who wouldn’t believe in them to make the moves necessary to field a competitive team?

The Indians have shed nearly $22 million in salary for 2019. They have no choice but to improve the team in free agency. They could be waiting for the big fish like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to sign before they go after their targets in free agency. MLB free agency is off to a slow start for the second offseason in a row. Things should pick up for Cleveland and the rest of the league once Harper and Machado are signed.

The AL Central has improved. Some think the Minnesota Twins could threaten for a division crown. Others wonder if Machado could give Chicago enough firepower to contend?

 “The Twins are looking really good and the White Sox are looking pretty good too,” Clevinger said. “They’re getting dangerous, so we’ll see how they round up their lineups – but the Twins actually, that’s really surprising what they’re doing. It’s interesting how they’re doing these one year deals with older guys and it’s cool, but I still think we’re going to beat them.”

The front office may have reshuffled the deck, but the Indians remain confident. The general consensus in the locker room was clear – this team believes it can win as presently constructed.

“I believe in my team,” Roberto Perez said. “Each person here knows what they can do. I think out strength is the pitching. We’re going to be the underdogs and I think we all know that, but we’re ready to take the challenge.”

“We’re going to win and then whatever happens after that happens.”