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Andrés Gimenez looks the part as Cleveland’s Opening Day shortstop

Morning news and notes for Monday, March 15, 2021

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Here’s to more good than bad this week.

Cleveland Baseball Team News

Roster cuts, Gimenez closing in on SS |
This is not the service time manipulation we’d expect for Andrés Gimenez. It makes me wonder if tea leaves pointing to big CBA changes (fingers crossed!) and Antonetti and Co. know it. From Mandy Bell:

All signs have been pointing toward Andrés Giménez winning the Opening Day shortstop job, but the Indians have yet to make it official. Although Francona didn’t specifically name Giménez the starter, he indicated that things are trending in that direction.

“I think part of the reason we felt comfortable enough to move Amed [Rosario to the outfield] is because of what we see in Giménez,” Francona said. “But I think, again, whether it’s injuries, I think this kid is a really bright spot for us. Without just flat out saying where he’s going to play and when, he’s done a heck of a job. We really like him.”

Shane Bieber says baseballs feel more consistent this year |
Pitchers are happy.

Sidearmer Sandlin has career back on track |
The right-hander should help Cleveland’s bullpen this year.

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