CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians said goodbye to first player Carlos Santana and more recently Brad Hand, two veterans who did well for them, on Friday. The reason is clear – money.
They decline to make 2021 club selections for Santana and Hand because Santana will make $ 17.5 million and Hand $ 10 million. Santana had a slump year in 2020, but Hand is, under normal circumstances, far from overvalued. Especially since he led major leagues with 16 saves in 16 chances throughout 60 league games.
But these are not normal cases when MLB suffered operational losses, according to Commissioner Rob Manfred, between $ 2.8 billion and $ 3 billion because the pandemic limited the season to only 60 games without fans. Manfred, in a recent interview, said teams had borrowed more than $ 8 billion to get through the season.
The Indians exercise Roberto Perez’s 2021 call worth $ 5.5 million. When asked why, Antonetti told reporters Friday night on a call on Zoom: “We continue to believe that Roberto is one of the best defensive players in baseball and a leader. important in our team. We’re delighted to have him back as an important part of us and we’ve seen the difference he can make to get behind the disc and lead a pitcher. “
Perez, who won the Golden Gloves award last year, is in the final again this season. The BIS (Baseball Information Solutions) awarded his second consecutive Fielding Bible award on Wednesday as the top defensive player in major leagues.
Incredibly, he hasn’t been a factor this year after injuring his right shoulder in the opening game of the season after encountering 24 career hosts in 2019. Antonetti says he he made a full recovery.
Here are some additional quick hits from Antonetti:
The Indians tried to trade the Hand before rejecting her choice, but is unable to find a partner.
“For Brad, it was a really tough decision,” said Antonetti. “He has been an important part of our team for the past few seasons. … In the end, it took us some time to explore the commercial market for Brad and couldn’t find a match for him. That leads to a denial of the option. Again, a very difficult decision ”.
All-Star three times, in 2 and a half seasons with the Indians, won 8-6 with 2.78 ERA. He completed 86 in 111 appearances, converting an 89% (58 for 65) chance of a save. He performs an average of 13 shots and 2.9 walks per nine innings. HIs ERA + in 2020 is 226, when the tournament average is 100.
* Santana has played for more than 10 seasons in major tournaments. He’s been through nine games with the first Indian base, catcher, third and several outfields. He is second in team history with 881 walks and is fifth with Hal Trosky with 216 home runs.
This year may be his worst year as an Indian, but will the organization bring him back at reduced rates? Santana said Santana probably needed time to research his options, and so did Indians. But it looks like the door will open.
“We’ll stay in touch because as you know Carlos has always been close and close to our hearts and has been a very important part of our team for the past decade,” Antonetti said. “He has fans across the entire organization on the coaching staff, in the clubs, in the office. Everyone loves Carlos and really wants him to remain part of the Indian family.
* When asked about vacancies In the first facility, Antonetti said the current Indian options were Jake Bauers, Josh Naylor and Bobby Bradley.
* Antonetti said manager Terry Francona has recovered well after a tough season in which health problems limited him to 14 games in the match.
“He went back to Tucson to continue his rehabilitation, focusing mainly on the hip, which he has fought and struggled with for the past few years,” said Antonetti. “He moves around, swimming most days. He loved being outside in the warm and sunny Tucson. He’s had a good few weeks since the season ended. “
Antonetti says Francona is encouraged on his managerial prospects for the coming year.
* Third player with top prospects Nolan Jones just ended the Guided Tournament in Goodyear, Ariz., with about 50 other Indian supporting athletes. The Indians were reluctant to move third-back Jose Ramirez so Jones was playing some pitch.
Jones’s playing time is somewhat limited because of the number of players in the camp. Antonetti estimated he had “35 appearances on the plate, but I might be a bit misleading.”
“We play games regularly but we have a lot of people out there and we are trying to allocate play time to all of them,” he said. “He’s doing well. Nolan is a great athlete, I know he’s a big guy, physically, but as a former hockey player, I feel he has the strength and flexibility to play you guys. If it is the best match on the team. We have continued to insist to him that sport throughout the winter. “
Jones was part of a team of 60 players in short season. He spent most of his time at the alternative training site at Classic Park in Eastlake.
* Antonetti confirmed that bench coach Brad Mills will not rejoin the coaching staff next season. He added that he would speak to Mills about another role if he was interested.
As for the coaching staff in general, Antonetti said, “We expect the rest of our coaching staff to return, but we still have to figure out exactly how we configure it.”
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