Talking to reporters on Thursday, Cleveland Indians president Chris Antonetti mentioned his group’s outlook for the 2021 season.
CLEVELAND — To say that the Cleveland Indians misplaced loads up to now offseason is perhaps a little bit of an understatement.
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Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco at the moment are members of the New York Mets, following a January blockbuster commerce.
Carlos Santana is now with the Kansas Metropolis Royals and Brad Hand signed with the Washington Nationals. Each gamers had the participant choices on their contracts declined by Cleveland.
Neither Delino DeShields Jr. nor Tyler Naquin, who performed probably the most video games for the Indians in heart and proper subject, respectively in 2020, are again both. DeShields obtained a Spring Coaching invitation from the Texas Rangers, whereas Naquin obtained one from the Cincinnati Reds.
Altogether, Cleveland enters 2021 changing 4 members of its beginning lineup, its No. 2 beginning pitcher and its main nearer. Three of these gamers — Lindor, Santana and Hand — lay declare to a mixed eight profession All-Star appearances.
But regardless of all Cleveland misplaced this previous offseason, Indians president Chris Antonetti stays assured his group will stay aggressive in 2021. Why?
“Shane Bieber and Jose Ramirez,” Antonetti answered on Thursday.
However in all seriousness, Antonetti’s reply wasn’t simply an try at offering a quotable comeback. In Bieber and Ramirez, Cleveland lays declare to 2 of the very best gamers in all of baseball, together with the reigning American League Cy Younger Award winner and a three-time American League MVP finalist.
Whereas a 2020 season that was shortened to only 60 video games as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic offered a comparatively small pattern dimension, each gamers had already established themselves as members of the Indians’ core properly earlier than final yr. And after ready behind the likes of Lindor, Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, it is now their turns to function the faces of Cleveland baseball because it enters a brand new period — an period that Antonetti anticipates to nonetheless be aggressive.
“It is going to be a special group,” Antonetti stated of the items surrounding his two core gamers. “However it’s a gaggle we really feel is younger and gifted.”