The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are in full swing and things are expected to pickup as the week progresses. The Indians have contacted some available free agents and have held negotiations with a few of their own free agents. Here is what we are hearing so far after day number 3.
– Indians waiting on Carlos Santana
The Indians made a 3 year – $36 million dollar contract to Carlos Santana before the free agency period started. Santana and his agent advised the Indians that he would be exploring the free agent market and that they would report back to the Indians after fielding contract offers giving Cleveland the opportunity to match. There are reportedly seven to eight teams talking to Santana.
– Indians linked to free agent first basemen Lucas Duda & Matt Adams
The Indians have begun to reach out to alternate first base options in free agency in the event that they lose Carlos Santana to another team. Lucas Duda split 2017 with the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays. in 423 at bats he hit .217 with 30 home runs and 64 RBI’s. Duda will hit for a lot of power but doesn’t give you much else offensively. He committed only four errors in 93 games at first base last season. Matt Adams hit a solid .274 split between St. Louis and Atlanta with 20 home runs and 65 RBI’s. Adams is more of a complete hitter than Duda. In 62 games at first he committed five errors.
– Indians meet with Austin Jackson
Cleveland met with one of their own free agents on Tuesday as they held discussions with outfielder Austin Jackson who hit .318 and did a fabulous job filling in for the injured Michael Brantley in 2017. The Indians would love to have Jackson back next season but it’s not known if they will be able to meet Jackson’s salary demands as he will undoubtedly get a nice raise after his fine 2017 season.
– Indians ink two players to minor league contracts
The Indians signed journeyman infielder Michael Martinez and pitcher Alexi Ogando to minor league contracts with invites to spring training. Martinez has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Indians organization. Ogando pitched in Korea last season after seven seasons in the major leagues. He owns a career record of 33-18 with a 3.47 ERA.
– Shaw signs with the Colorado Rockies
Former Indians reliever Bryan Shaw has a new team as today he inked a 3 year – $27 million dollar free agent contract with the Colorado Rockies. Shaw had been a prominent member of the Indians bullpen for the past five seasons.