2017-2018 Offseason Outlook: Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians capped off their 102-win regular season with an ALDS loss to the Yankees, sending them into the offseason with 26 other companion teams. But contractually speaking, Cleveland is in very good standing for the immediate future. We’ll take a look at how their 2018 roster currently breaks down.

 

Related:
2018 Cleveland Indians Payroll
Indians’ Multi-Year Salary Breakdown
2018 Indians’ Free Agents

 

 

2018 Free Agents

The American League champs will see 4 notable players head to free agency this winter, led by 1B/DH Carlos Santana, and deadline acqusition Jay Bruce.

Player Pos. Age 2017 Salary Market Value
Jay Bruce OF 30 $13,000,000 $22,694,790
Carlos Santana 1B 31 $12,000,000 $17,461,067
Bryan Shaw RP 29 $4,600,000 $6,300,000
Austin Jackson OF 30 $1,500,000 N/A

 

 

Current 2018 Roster & Payroll

The Indians have 12 players signed into the 2018 season for an active payroll of $95.2M.

Player Age Pos. 2018 Salary
Corey Kluber 32 SP $10,700,000
Carlos Carrasco 31 SP $8,000,000
Andrew Miller 33 RP $9,000,000
Brandon Guyer 32 LF $2,750,000
Edwin Encarnacion 35 DH $18,666,666
Yan Gomes 31 C $6,033,333
Roberto Perez 29 C $1,625,000
Jose Ramirez 26 3B $2,828,600
Jason Kipnis 31 2B $13,666,666

 

However this includes three players with club options yet to be determined. It seems plausible that all three options would be exercised, with Brantley’s maybe the most uncertain.

Player Pos. Age Option Buyout
Michael Brantley OF 31 $12,000,000 $1,000,000
Boone Logan RP 34 $7,000,000 $1,000,000
Josh Tomlin SP 33 $3,000,000 $750,000

 

 

Arbitration Eligible

7 regular players will be eligible for arbitration this winter:

Player Pos. Age Arb. Year $ Range
Abraham Almonte OF 28 1 $1M-$1.5M
Trevor Bauer SP 26 2 $7M-$8M
Danny Salazar SP 27 2 $4M-$5M
Dan Otero RP 32 2 $1M-$1.5M
Cody Allen RP 28 3 $10M-$12M
Lonnie Chisenhall OF 29 3 $5M-$6M
Zach McAllister RP 29 3 $2M-$3M

 

Team Control

9 regular players will be under team control this winter, eligible for a 2018 salary at or near the league minimum ($545,000)

Player Pos. Age
Francisco Lindor SS 23
Bradley Zimmer OF 24
Mike Clevinger RP 26
Erik Gonzalez INF 26
Giovanny Urshela 3B 26
Yandy Diaz INF 26
Nick Goody RP 26
Tyler Naquin OF 26
Tyler Olson RP 28

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Article by: Michael Ginnitti

Managing Editor of Spotrac