With the off season still being just a few weeks in, many holes remain for the Indians. So far the Indians have picked up the option for Ubaldo Jiminez, and traded relief pitcher Esmil Rogers to the Toronto Blue Jays for catcher Yan Gomes, and short stop Mike Aviles. With the addition of Aviles, many fans are speculating that current All-Star short stop Asdrubal Cabrera could be on his way out for some young arms to help bolster a depleted starting rotation.
Starting pitching is certainly an issue for the Tribe, as well as the formula to success. But one glaring issue the Indians current front office has not been able to solve is left field, which has been juggled around by too many options to count.
Last season the Indians had the options of going after Yoenis Cespedes out of Cuba, who had a great rookie season for Oakland, or Josh Willingham, who had a break out season for the Minnesota Twins. It is rare for the Indians under the Dolans' to be able to afford top producing players, and they let two slip away.
Indians GM Chris Antonetti decided to take a huge risk by signing veteran Johnny Damon, who did not even participate in spring training, and that decision back fired badly. As a result, Damon was released during the season.
This year is a pretty thin crop of free agents, but one who sticks out that Cleveland should take a flier on is Melky Cabrera. Yes, the same Cabrera that was banned for the remainder of the 2012 season for testing positive for steroids. Cabrera was showing a great mix of power and average in his break out season in San Francisco. Obviously the power numbers will go down, but Cabrera should still be able to hit, and due to his own miscue, is now in Cleveland's price range.
This is a sad reality in Major League Baseball that teams like the Indians have to capitalize on these types of mistakes on players, but nevertheless is still a reality.
We will see what direction the Indians front office decides to take regarding left field, but one thing is for sure, that no one on the current roster is ready to make a big impact in the always revolving left field door of the Cleveland Indians.
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