AmbienTribe’s Offseason Plan

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

I love playing armchair GM for my favorite team and enjoy pretending it’s my genius moves that bring the Indians a World Series and end the longest championship drought in baseball (all of sports even maybe?) anyway here’s my crack at it

Arbitration decisions

  • C Austin Hedges (non tendered)
  • RHP Adam Cimber (non tendered)
  • OF Delino Deshields (tendered $2.1M)
  • SS Francisco Lindor (see Klubot transaction)
  • RHP Phil Maton (tendered $700k)
  • OF Tyler Naquin (non tendered)
  • RHP Nick Wittgren (tendered $1.4M)
  • Carlos Santana $17.5M (declined)
  • Brad Hand $10M (declined although I would have picked it up)
  • Domingo Santana $1.5M (declined)

  • SS Francisco Lindor, RHP Jeffry Rodriguez and cash considerations traded to the New York Mets for 1B/OF Dominic Smith, UT Andres Gimenez, C Francisco Alvarez, LHP Thomas Szapuki and RHP Franklin Kilome.
  • In a three way dance the Indians acquire SS Orlando Arcia, RHP Freddy Peralta and C Jacob Nottingham from the Milwaukee Brewers and acquire UT Joey Wendle and OF Brett Phillips from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Indians send RHP Zac Plesac and INF Yu Chang to the Brewers; RHP Cam Hill, RHP Jeffry Rodriguez and compensation pick ‘B’ to the Rays. The Brewers and Rays would exchange young lower level talent to as well.
  • LHP Logan Allen and 1B/OF Jake Bauers traded to Cincinnati for RHP Archie Bradley.
Free Agent Signings:
  • LHP Drew Smyly 2 years; $10.5M
  • 1B Carlos Santana 1 year; $5M with $5M available in performance bonuses
  • LHP Jake McGee 1 year $3M; $6M option for ‘22 with $500k buyout
  • LHP Oliver Perez 1 year $1.5M
  • Minor League contracts include OF Mallex Smith; C Mike Zunino
Projected 2021 Roster:
C: Roberto Perez
1B: Carlos Santana
2B: Joey Wendle
3B: Jose Ramirez
SS: Orlando Arcia
LF: Dominic Smith
CF: Delino Deshields Jr.
RF: Josh Naylor/Jordan Luplow
DH: Franmil Reyes

C: Jacob Nottingham
UT: Andres Gimenez
UT: Mike Freeman
UT: Owen Miller
OF: Brett Phillips

SP1: Shane Bieber
SP2: Carlos Carrasco
SP3: Aaron Civale
SP4: Drew Smyly
SP5: Freddy Peralta
SP6: Triston McKenzie

R: James Karinchak
R: Archie Bradley
R: Nick Wittgren
L: Jake McGee
L: Oliver Perez
R: Emmanuel Clase
R: Cal Quantrill
R: Phil Maton

Depth in the minors that could contribute would be the likes of Bobby Bradley, Oscar Mercado and lots of different arms.

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