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Week in Transactions: Guessing the Postseason Roster

Now that the Indians have clinched the AL Central, it’s time to look at the potential ALDS roster

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Latest 40-man Roster

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September 26 2016

The Indians have taken care of the big goal, but still have something to play for in this last week of the regular season. So while tonight’s lineup will resemble a spring training game’s starting 9, the rest of the games should see the regulars, at least until the AL seeds have been locked down. However, if the Indians feel that Corey Kluber needs to skip his last regular season start, they’ll do that; having a healthy Kluber in the postseason is much more important than having homefield advantage.

Here’s my estimation of the postseason roster:

Position Players

C Roberto Perez (starter)
C Chris Gimenez
1B/DH Mike Napoli (starter)
1B/DH Carlos Santana (starter)
2B Jason Kipnis (starter)
SS Francisco Lindor (starter)
3B Jose Ramirez (starter)
IF Michael Martinez
OF Coco Crisp (LF vs LHP)
OF Rajai Davis (LF vs RHP, CF vs LHP)
OF Tyler Naquin (CF vs RHP)
OF Brandon Guyer (RF vs LHP)
OF Lonnie Chisenhall (RF vs RHP)

Starting Pitchers

RHP Corey Kluber (G1, G4/G5)
RHP Trevor Bauer (G2, G5)
RHP Josh Tomlin (G3)
RHP Mike Clevinger (G4/bullpen)

Relief Pitchers

RHP Cody Allen (8th/9th)
LHP Andrew Miller (7th/8th/9th)
RHP Bryan Shaw (6th/7th/8th)
RHP Dan Otero (5th/6th/7th)
RHP Zach McAllister (middle relief)
LHP Kyle Crockett (matchup vs LHB)
RHP Jeff Manship (middle relief) or Perci Garner (middle relief) or RHP Shawn Armstrong (middle relief)
RHP Cody Anderson (long relief)

I think the only spots up in the air are the #6 and #7 reliever slots. Crockett makes the team if the ALDS opponent has a good left-handed hitter. But if they face Toronto, for instance, they may go with Manship, Garner or Armstrong. Clevinger would go to the bullpen if the Indians decide to pitch Corey Kluber on short rest for Game 4.

There is a (IMO small) possibility that Danny Salazar could make it back in time to pitch out of the bullpen in the ALDS, in which case he’d replace whoever is in slot #6 or #7.