Here’s to a great week!
From Mandy Bell:
Indians manager Terry Francona gave the same general message to all 10 outfielders on his 40-man roster in their one-on-one meetings on Sunday: “Look at the board. It’s a crowded board.”
Francona met with each player ahead of Monday’s first full-squad workout to discuss what Cleveland’s plan is over the next five weeks.
Francona told Allen to be ready to play all three positions to make sure Cleveland tests everything before making any decisions. Though Allen has served as the team’s fourth outfielder before, the acquisition of Delino DeShields might make it more difficult for him to break his way onto the roster.
Injuries have caused Zimmer to miss the majority of the 2018 and ’19 seasons. Because of that, the team may need to see him get a few more at-bats in the Minors before calling him up to the big leagues.
“We said, ‘Hey, we’ll be honest with you where we think you fit in or what we think you need to do,’” Francona said. “And he understands that. We’re not trying to get in his way of being a good player, but we also want to be honest about things we see.”
Perez is taking it easy at the start of spring training to make sure his surgically-repaired ankle is 100%.
Fernández suffered a stroke and had been dealing with issues from kidney disease.
Around the League
- Commissioner Manfred at it again, gives reasons why he decided not to punish cheating players
- Manfred is a believer in the the powerful “public reaction” punishment
- #FireManfred is trending for various, possibly even legitimate, reasons
- MLB to raise minor league salaries for 2021 season (not this year!)
- Braves management gets extensions