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Manny Ramirez Jerseys difficult roster decisions looming

Tough roster decisions ahead for deep Tribe

The Indians have some Manny Ramirez Jerseys difficult roster decisions looming, but there is some comfort in the foundation that remains in place. While the club has some key players poised to hit free agency, the bulk of the American League Central champion’s roster will stay intact for next year.
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The Tribe has the ability to retain its entire starting rotation and most of its bullpen. The bigger questions involve the position-player side of the equation. Carlos Santana and Jay Bruce will be eligible for free agency this offseason, and Michael Brantley (out four to five months after right ankle surgery on Wednesday) could join them if the Indians do not pick up his $12 million team option. Still, the front office has confidence that the team is positioned for a strong offseason and division title defense in 2018.

„If you look across the board at our team performance,“ said Chris Antonetti, the Indians’ president of baseball operations, „we performed pretty well throughout the course of the year. We had the best run differential in baseball. If you look at our offense, our defense, our starting pitching, our relief pitching, it was all pretty Cleveland Indians Jerseys good. That’s a good foundation going into Francisco Lindor Jerseys the offseason. But, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to look to get better.“

1. First base: The most obvious solution here would be to re-sign Santana, who has been in the Indians’ organization since 2008 and Jason Kipnis Jerseys wants to stay. Santana looks like a strong candidate to receive a one-year qualifying offer ($17.4 million), but his camp may want to explore multiyear scenarios. The Indians may also explore whether Brantley (team option or $1 million buyout) is open to moving to first from left field. Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall (eligible for arbitration) would present another internal option for first base. Yonder Alonso, Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli and Eric Hosmer are expected to be among the first basemen on the free-agent market this winter.

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