Sounds like more of the same for the Cleveland Indians next season.
Indians fans hoping for a change in philosophy with offseason free-agent acquisitions were not encouraged by Mark Shapiro’s interview on PD Sports Insider. After listening to the Tribe president’s interview this week, fans should expect more of the same: No high-level infusion of talent from outside of the organization.
With a payroll of around $65 million the past three years, Cleveland appears content to try to fix problems from within under new manager Terry Francona and keep nurturing its young prospects. Tribe ownership claims the team lost money last season, which means spending more this offseason is an unlikely scenario.
The Indians have a nice stable of prospects, including top-rated infielders Francisco Lindor and Dorsyss Paulin and pitchers Scott Barnes, Corey Kluber, Cody Allen, Carlos Carrasco, Frank Herrmann and Danny Salazar. (Check out a top-20 prospect list here.)
However, its disheartening to hear that a team with 94 losses doesn’t plan on hitting the free-agent market hard to help solve some core problems.