Having a lot of good players on your roster is a obviously a good thing, but unless you’re one of the few clubs who can afford a $180M+ payroll (and the luxury tax on top of that), you won’t be able to keep all those good players once they head into free agency.
Not that surprising. The ability to take the ball 70 times a year and throw at least effectively is one of the more valuable traits in the game. And Bryan Shaw has done that for five consecutive years. He’s about to be paid handsomely, and to somebody not named the Cleveland Indians.
Pluto reports that the Indians aren’t going to move Yandy Diaz around this season, even if that means he starts the season in AAA. That of course assumes that Kipnis returns to second and Ramirez to third, or that Giovanny Urshela is the third baseman (which doesn’t make sense to me, but it is a possibility).
Performances from yesterday’s Fall Stars Game (Arizona Fall League), broken down by organization. Francisco Mejia had a double, and you can see the video of that at the link.
David Laurilia in his Sunday Notes column notes that the Hall of Fame will be releasing its Modern Baseball Veterans Committee ballot tomorrow. Alan Trammell will be one of the most prominent players on it, and should (in my opinion) be one of the players voted into the Hall.