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— Jake S.

Brantley remains back in Arizona, where he is playing in Minor League spring games and continuing to build up his endurance. On Wednesday, he was scheduled to play seven innings for Triple-A Columbus, but he felt good enough to go the full nine. At the plate, Brantley had two hits, including a home run.

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— Jake S.

Brantley remains back in Arizona, where he is playing in Minor League spring games and continuing to build up his endurance. On Wednesday, he was scheduled to play seven innings for Triple-A Columbus, but he felt good enough to go the full nine. At the plate, Brantley had two hits, including a home run.

What the Indians are currently working through is how to handle Brantley’s rehab over the next several days. Minor League camp is ending this weekend, Double-A Akron’s season does not begin until Thursday and Columbus’ regular season starts on Friday. So Cleveland will need to devise a plan to keep Brantley’s rehab going in the lull before he can officially do a rehab assignment.

Indians manager Terry Francona said recently that one option might be for a handful of pitchers to stay back in Arizona to give Brantley some live hitting practice. Hitting, however, is not the team’s primary concern with Brantley right now in his comeback from right ankle surgery. Cleveland’s training and medical staff is trying to ensure that he is ready to handle the time on his feet over the span of several days in a row.

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During Spring Training this year, Brantley only received 10 Cactus League at-bats and did not play a full game. Last spring, when he was coming back from a right shoulder problem, the left fielder collected 26 at-bats and convinced the team to bring him north on Opening Day. So strictly in terms of plate appearances, Brantley seems close to being ready.

As for using Brantley as a designated hitter, I don’t see that being part of the plan, other than maybe on occasion. Yonder Alonso and Edwin E Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ncarnacion will divvy up the playing time between first base and DH, for the most part. Let’s say Francona wants to give Alonso a break against a tough lefty or decides Encarnacion could use a day off, then I could see Brantley possibly getting time at DH to get him off his feet here and there.

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Right now, it’s the Paul Molitor Jersey  composition of Cleveland’s roster that’s keeping Yandy Diaz out of the Major League mix. Once the Indians decided to revert back to their usual infield alignment — Jason Kipnis at second and Jose Ramirez at third — Diaz was blocked at the hot corner. Sure, he could have filled a bench job, but it would have been a very limited role and the team prefers to have him playing regularly out of the chute.

The other part of the equation was the Indians’ desire to keep Diaz focused on one position. He bounced between third and the outfield last year, and they felt it hurt his development. He is concentrating on third base now, so it comes down to opportunity.  Roberto Osuna Jersey The Indians will let the season play out some, monitor how certain players are performing and see if any health setbacks arise, and then there will come a point to decide if Diaz is the next man up.

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I know the “we’ll have to wait and see” answer is never fun, but … we’ll have to wait and see. Giovanny Urshela (right hamstring) should be ready for game activity in the near future. The plan for Ryan Merritt is not as clear right now. Placing both players on the disabled list at least afforded the Indians the ability to delay potentially exposing them to waivers, given that Urshela and Merritt are each out of Minor League options.

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What an optimistic way to frame that question! Actually, if you had asked, “What are the reasons the Indians can win it all?” I think the answer would be fairly similar. The path to the World Series will hinge on strong pitching, led by the rotation, and a relatively clean bill of health throughout the summer. So on the flip side, what could potential derail Cleveland this season is questionable depth behind the Major League roster. If there are a few setbacks in the rotation or bullpen, that could present some problems. The top tier of the farm system doesn’t look as stocked as it has been in recent years.

Tweet from @Phil_Gasser: What are the odds Lonnie is on the team at the end of year? I have to plan on if I need to change my dogs name. #IndiansInbox

Lonnie Chisenhall is one of a handful of players who will be eligible for free agency next offseason. That is often a status that lends itself to trade rumors, but that’s not always the case for a contending team. Cleveland will likely be looking to add in the July and August trade periods, not to subtract. If Chisenhall or others become trade candidates at midseason, that probably means something went terribly wrong for the club in the first three-plus months. Now, if you’re asking if Chisenhall will be in an Indians uniform for 2019, well, that’s a different story. There is a strong chance this is his final season with the Tribe, but don’t go changing your dog’s name just yet.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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CLEVELAND — Back-to-back American League Central Division titles have whetted the championship appetite of Indians fans.

Progressive Field executive chef Todd Brazile hopes their hunger can be satisfied — on and off the field this season.

CLEVELAND — Back-to-back American Leag Roberto Osuna Jersey ue Central Division titles have whetted the championship appetite of Indians fans.

Progressive Field executive chef Todd Brazile hopes their hunger can be satisfied — on and off the field this season.

“It really has become a competition between ballparks about who has the best assortment of food and beverage in the Majors,” Brazile said. “Just like the Indians’ goal is winning the World Series, our team also wants to be the best in baseball.”

The Tribe unveiled its new menu items and fan-friendly initiatives Thursday in an afternoon event at the Lexus Home Plate Club. Lexus has become the presenting partner of the club, which will feature a Jameson-branded bar.

Among the debuting dishes are the Flamethrower (pork belly and pulled pork sandwich topped with bacon jam, barbecue sauce, green apple slaw and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos), Pizza Logs (deep-fried cheese and pepperoni pizza sticks with marinara sauce), and Tres Tacos (flour tortillas filled with chicken or pork, salsa, queso blanco and sour cream).

Brazile, a native Texan, is especially eager for Cleveland foodies to sample his special creation.

“The Flamethrower was my brainchild,” he said, chuckling. “It has pork belly and pulled pork and bacon jam, so what else do you need? I’m from the south, and you know I’m going to love that sandwich. Adding the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos gives it a unique kick.”

Exclusively available in the Terrace Club, which is open to the public agai Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 54 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey n this year, include North Coast Nachos (kettle chips with steak or chicken, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold beer cheese sauce, salsa, sour cream, cilantro and green onion) and Chicken and Tater Tot Waffles (spicy chicken, potato waffles, Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, chives, sriracha and maple sour cream).

The ballpark’s popular District food court, which includes 13 local restaurants, welcomes another eatery in Butcher and the Brewer. Its namesake brew, MadTree Brewing and White Claw join the lengthy list of beer choices at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.

“We remain committed to providing every fan with a great ballpark experience, and having so many food options is a major part of that,” Indians senior director of communications Curtis Danburg said. “But that’s not the only area where we’ve made improvements.”

One of the more noticeable additions is a wall of 72 phone-charging lockers and 45 storage lockers located in Section 169 on the main concourse, presented by Progressive Casualty Insurance Company. Each is free, secure and available on a first-come, first-served basis at all 81 home games.

Safety netting also has been extended to the far ends of each dugout as part of Major League Baseball’s initiative. The total width of the protective white netting is 291 feet, spanning from Section 140-164.

A third, security-oriented development has led to StubHub being named the Tribe’s exclusive secondary ticket provider. Effective immediately, only tickets sold through Indians.com and StubHub will be guaranteed access to Progressive Field.

 Russell Martin Jersey “We’re excited about partnering with StubHub and the superior level of customer service they provide,” Danburg said. “We believe this is another partnership that will benefit Indians fans.”

The Tribe also established new partnerships with Northern Ohio Ford Dealers, Chick-fil-A, Orangetheory Fitness, Marco’s Pizza, Barbasol and Planet Fitness.

McDonald Hopkins, a Cleveland-based law firm that will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2020, has become a Cleveland Indians Community Partner. It will support the franchise’s vision of utilizing baseball to strengthen youth service initiatives, focusing on education, health and fitness.

The aforementioned businesses have all demonstrated a commitment to downtown Cleveland, as have the Indians with their considerable ballpark renovations.

With the upgrades at Progressive Field now complete, the NBA’s Cavaliers have begun a massive transformation of neighboring Quicken Loans Arena that will last through the summer of 2019.

Road closures, traffic delays and decreased access to parking facilities are part of the short-term inconvenience that Tribe supporters will experience throughout the next two seasons.

Huron Road will convert to one-way, eastbound traffic two hours before the first pitch, then reverse to westbound-only usage following games.

“We love it when there is a lot of activity downtown, and our fans are accustomed to dealing with challenges,” Danburg said. “We’ve had a lot of evenings with Indians games being held at the same time as events next door, including the World Series and NBA Finals, so it’s all about planning  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ahead and budgeting your time accordingly.

“We believe we have a good plan for expediting fans in and out of Progressive Field, but we’re going to ask everyone for patience, especially on Opening Day and summer weekends.”

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SEATTLE — There was little else Corey Kluber could do on Thursday night. In front of a packed Safeco Field, where the King’s Court cheered every Felix Hernandez pitch, and the crowd roared each time Ichiro Suzuki was announced, the Indians’ ace remained stoic and did well in setting the tone on Opening Day.

One misstep was all it took to derail an otherwise brilliant opening act. That mistake arrived in the first inning, when Nelson Cruz launched a two-run home run that served as the difference in Cleveland’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Mariners. Kluber cruised from there, spinning a complete-game gem that resulted in a hard-luck loss.

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SEATTLE — There was little else Corey Kluber could do on Thursday night. In front of a packed Safeco Field, where the King’s Court cheered every Felix Hernandez pitch, and the crowd roared each time Ichiro Suzuki was announced, the Indians’ ace remained stoic and did well in setting the tone on Opening Day.

One misstep was all it took to derail an otherwise brilliant opening act. That mistake arrived in the first inning, when Nelson Cruz launched a two-run home run that served as the difference in Cleveland’s 2-1 defe Paul Molitor Jersey at at the hands of the Mariners. Kluber cruised from there, spinning a complete-game gem that resulted in a hard-luck loss.

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“With this ballclub, two runs usually isn’t going to get us,” Indians catcher Yan Gomes said. “But they pitched really well, too. I think it’s one of those things where, whenever you’re battling against Kluber, the best is going to come out of everyone.”

Kluber struck out eight in his eight innings, giving the bullpen the night off, even with a scheduled off-day looming on Friday. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner scattered six hits and issued one walk.

There was the matter of the home run, though.

With two outs in the first inning, Robinson Cano sent a pitch from Kluber deep into right field for a single. Per Statcast™, the ball shot off Cano’s bat at 112.9 mph, which is noteworthy because it marked the highest exit velocity on a batted ball (regular season or postseason) against Kluber since Sept. 16, 2016.

Video: CLE@SEA: Cruz belts a two-run homer to center

Cruz followed with his towering shot to deep center, where Bradley Zimmer scaled the wall to no avail.

“I didn’t throw a very good pitch to Cano,” said Kluber, who is 0-3 in his four career Opening Day starts. “I didn’t throw a very good pitch to [Cruz]. It’s the first inning. If you don’t [locate] a couple pitches, it’s magnified. I don’t think I had to reinvent anything after that point. It’s just a matter of going out there and executing.”

Kluber did that, but King Felix — the runner-up to Kluber in the 2014 AL Cy Young race — held the Tribe’s bats at bay. In his 10th straight Opening Day outi Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 54 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey ng and 11th overall, Seattle’s ace went 5 1/3 innings, in which he struck out four, walked two and allowed no runs on two hits. Hernandez kept Cleveland’s hitters confused, and the Mariners’ bullpen took care of the rest.

“Everybody talks about the way he spins the ball, and he is really good at that,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Hernandez. “I just thought the way he made his fastball and his changeup go the other way, it gave him two different directions, two different speeds. He commanded the baseball so well. His feel for what he wanted to do was so good.”

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said, simply put, the lineup let Kluber down.

“He pitched great,” Lindor said. “He gave us a chance to win once again, and we didn’t come through for him.”

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Lindor’s dynamic dive: This spring, Lindor said his top priority for the season was tightening up his defense. He felt it took a step back in 2017. In the fifth, Lindor backed up the talk with an impressive dive up the middle to stop a Mike Marjama grounder from finding center. Lindor recovered in time to get the out at first, holding a runner at second and helping Cleveland escape the inning u Roberto Osuna Jersey nscathed.

“Obviously, it was a good play,” Kluber said. “It probably saved us a run right there. Keeping it a two-run game instead of a three-run game at that point in time was big. We’re used to that kind of thing now. We take it for granted almost.”

Video: CLE@SEA: Lindor takes away a hit with a diving stop

The Rajai effect: While it did not influence the final result, Rajai Davis showed how he can impact a game in the ninth inning. After Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a pitch from Mariners closer Edwin Diaz, Davis entered as a pinch-runner. Diaz threw to first four times and then balked on a pitch to Lonnie Chisenhall. Davis later stole third, bringing the tying run 90 feet from home. Diaz eventually escaped a two-on, one-out jam with strikeouts to Gomes and Tyler Naquin.

“That’s why we got him,” Francona said. “There will be a game where we win because of that. We didn’t tonight, but we will. We gave ourselves a chance.”

Tough read for Dee: Cleveland finally broke through in the seventh, when Gomes sent a broken-bat fly ball to shallow left-center field. Dee Gordon, who moved from second base to center this season, did not get a good break on the ball, which dropped between him, shortstop Jean Segura and left fielder Ichiro. On the play (which had a 93 percent catch probability, per Statcast™), Chisenhall scored from second to cut Seattle’s lead to 2-1.

Video: CLE@SEA: Gomes bloops an RBI single to center

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“I was stunned. I wasn’t ready for that. It was very classy on their part. I had to kind of catch myself for a minute there.” — Francona, on the Mariners paying tribute pregame to his father, Tito Francona, who died earlier this year

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Kluber became the first Indians pitcher to throw a complete Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  game on Opening Day since 2005, when Jake Westbrook accomplished the feat against the White Sox. Westbrook also took the loss in that Men’s Mitchell and Ness 19 Paul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  game. As it happens, Cleveland acquired Kluber on July 31, 2010, in a three-team trade that sent Westbrook to the Cardinals.

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
With one out in the top of the ninth, the Indians challenged a non-call after Chisenhall motioned to home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook that an inside pitch from Diaz struck him. Replays clearly showed the baseball hitting Chisenhall’s left pant leg and Chisenhall was awarded first base following a 43-second review.

Video: CLE@SEA: Chisenhall awarded first after review

WHAT’S NEXT
Indians: Right-hander Carlos Carrasco finished fourth in American League Cy Young Award voting last season and looks poised for another strong year. He’ll make his 2018 debut on Saturday, when the Tribe faces the Mariners in a 4:10 p.m. ET tilt at Safeco Field.

Mariners: James Paxton gets the start Saturday in the season’s second game as the Mariners face the Indians at 1:10 p.m. PT at Safeco Field. The big lefty was 12-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 24 starts last year, but didn’t face Cleveland. He’s 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA in two prior starts against the Tribe, the last coming in 2016.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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SEATTLE — Indians manager Terry Francona detailed the way his team’s Opening Day roster would look over the course of the past week. Prior to Thursday’s season opener against the Mariners, Cleveland made things official with a series of roster moves.

The Indians purchased the contracts of outfielder Rajai Davis and reliever Matt Belisle, who were in camp as non-roster invitees. Cleveland also placed left fielder Michael Brantley (right ankle rehab), right-hander Danny Salazar (right shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis), infielder Gio Urshela (right hamstring strain) and lefty Ryan Merritt (left knee sprain) on the 10-day disabled list.

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SEATTLE — Indians manager Terry Francona detailed the way his team’s Opening Day roster would look over the course of the past week. Prior to Thursday’s season opener against the Mariners, Cleveland made things official with a series of roster moves.

The Indians purchased the contracts of outfielder Rajai Davis and reliever Matt Belisle, who were in camp as non-roster invitees. Cleveland also placed left fielder Michael Brantley (right ankle rehab), right-hander Danny Salazar (right shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis), infielder Gio Urshela (right hamstring strain) and lefty Ryan Merritt (left knee sprain) on the 10-day disabled list.

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In order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Davis and Belisle, the Indians designated outfielder Abraham Almonte and right-hander Ben Taylor for assignment.

The Indians also reassigned first baseman Mike Napoli to Minor League camp, along with lefty Jeff Beliveau, infielder Drew Maggi, righty Evan Marshall and catcher Jack M Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey urphy.

Prior to Wednesday’s workout at Safeco Field, Francona met with his players on the eve of their Opening Day game against the Mariners. This is no longer a young and inexperienced team. The bulk of Cleveland’s roster has gone through the postseason, including the Wo Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey rld Series two years ago, and expectations are high for the 2018 season.

Given those circumstances, Francona said his meeting was brief.

“It’s actually really quick,” Francona said. “Guys know how we feel. Basically, it’s just reminding them we’re a better team when we use our entire team. It’s not an indictment if we pinch-hit for somebody or go to our bullpen. Our guys complement each other really well and we’re a better team when we use our entire team.”

Here is a look at how the Indians’ Opening Day roster breaks down:

Rotation
Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin

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Catchers
Yan Gomes, Roberto Perez

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians’ players would like to remind fans that there is still a lot of talent occupying real estate in the team’s clubhouse.

Much of the focus over the offseason was on the players who left Cleveland and signed contracts elsewhere: Carlos Santana went to the Phillies. Bryan Shaw joined the Rockies. Jay Bruce and Joe Smith headed to the Mets and Astros, respectively. Still, the Indians are heading into the 2018 campaign with mostly the same roster that captured a second straight American League Central crown last year.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians’ players would like to remind fans that there is still a lot of talent occupying real estate in the team’s clubhouse.

Much of the focus over the offseason was on the players who left Cleveland and signed contracts elsewhere: Carlos Santana went to the Phillies. Bryan Shaw joined the Rockies. Jay Bruce and Joe Smith headed to the Mets and Astros, respectively. Still, the Indians are heading into the 2018 campaign with mostly the same roster that captured a second straight American League Central crown last year.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Indians ace Corey Kluber said, “the guys who are in different places, they got to free agency and there’s a reason people wanted to pay them. They’re really good players. But, we have a lot of the same guys in here, a lot of the same guys that have had success over the last few years. That’s just not what catches headlines over the offseason.

“Obviously, the focus over the offseason is people moving to new places and things like that. But, I think in the locker room, we feel good about the group we have in here. We wish those guys were still with us, but I think we have no choice but to move forward with the guys we have in here and forget about it.”

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When MLB Network set up camp in Goodyear, Ariz., on Sunday for its visit with the Tribe as part of this spring’s 30 clubs in 30 days tour, there were still plenty of familiar faces working out. Kluber’s stoic personality was on display with the pitchers. Francisco Lindor was smiling out at shortstop and Jose Ramirez was strutting to the batting cage. Edwin Encarnacion was turning batting practice into his personal home run derby.

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“Hopefully,” Indians closer Cody Allen said, “the guys in this clubhouse right now are the ones who are leading us to the promised land at the end of the year. But, if there’s a significant need, we un Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey derstand that our front office and ownership, they’re going to do everything they can to help us win ballgames.”

Here is a look at the Indians’ situation as Opening Day approaches:

What’s the goal?
The players inside Cleveland’s clubhouse have one singular focus: Winning the World Series. Two years ago, the Indians made a surprising run to the Fall Classic with an injury-plagued roster, and nearly pulled off the improbable Kevin Pillar Jersey  — only to lose a winner-take-all Game 7 to the Cubs. Last year, the Tribe had a formidable roster, ran away with the AL Central, won 102 games and set an AL record with a 22-game winning streak. And then, the Yankees bounced Cleveland out of the playoffs in the AL Division Series.

“We ain’t curling up. I guarantee you that,” Lindor said. “We’re going after it, man. We want to win. I want to win. There’s no one here saying we don’t want to win. Everybody wants to win and finish the thing. We understand that winning makes everything a lot easier and smoother, and keeps everybody happy. We want to do that. We want to accomplish our dreams.”

Video: 30 Clubs in 30 Days: Lindor wants to finish the job

What’s the plan?
The backbone of Cleveland’s roster is pitching. It was a quiet offseason for the Tribe, but the team’s continued optimism about contending stems from the core that remains in place. That begins with the rotation, which is led by Kluber (the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner) and Carlos Carrasco (fourth in Cy Young voting last year). As a group, the Tribe’s pitching staff set a single-season record for combined WAR (31.7 per FanGraphs) in 2017. It was a historic staff, and nearly the entire cast returns for ’18.

The bullpen will once again be anchored by Allen and relief ace Andrew Miller, while Lindor and Ramirez will return as the focal point of the Indians’ offense. Cleveland’s combination of strong pitching, a versatile lineup and solid defense led to a plus-254 run differential in 2017. That was first in the Majors, and second-highest — they had a plus-272 in 1948 — in team history. The Indians will be relying upon a similar recipe in the upcoming campaign.

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What could go wrong?
Injuries and depth are two concerns for Cleveland right now. The Indians picked up Michael Brantley‘s $12 million team option over the winter, but the All-Star left fielder is still recovering from right ankle surgery and will start the season on the disabled list, although he is not expected to be out long. Righty Danny Salazar (right shoulder soreness) came to camp already a couple weeks behind the rest of the starters. Outfielder Brandon Guyer, who was a weapon against lefties in 2016, has been recovering from a left wrist issue but will be ready for Opening Day.

The Indians have a strong rotation, but the depth chart is thin behind the top seven options. Similarly, Cleveland’s outfield is filled with uncertainty, given the ongoing comebacks for Brantley and Guyer. The Indians’ bullpen also includes some question marks. There is one vacancy this spring, but no clear-cut candidate, and any setbacks among the main arms could expose thin depth in that area, too.

Video: 30 Clubs in 30 Days: Brantley on health, expectations

Who might surprise?
The Indians are looking forward to seeing what Bradley Zimmer will be able to do over a full season, and the big center fielder certainly has the tools — especially defensively and on the basepaths — to make a strong impact. Cleveland’s No. 1 prospect, Francisco Mejia, may open at Triple-A, but he is knocking on the big leagues’ door. Mike Clevinger impressed as Marco Estrada Jersey  a starter last year, and the right-hander also looks positioned to take a big step forward in the upcoming campaign. Yandy Diaz — built like a body builder and one of the best in baseball in hard-hit rate last year — is also a very intriguing hitter for the Tribe.

 Video: 30 Clubs in 30 Days: Zimmer demos OF communication

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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The same feeling did not exist following last October’s early exit.

SEATTLE — There was an overwhelming sense of accomplishment that helped overcome the disappointment that came with falling short of winning the World Series two years ago for the Indians. They got there with an injury-marred roster, and still pushed the Cubs to extra innings in a dramatic seventh game in Cleveland.

The same feeling did not exist following last October’s early exit.

“Not even close,” said Paul Dolan, the Indians’ chairman and CEO. “This one hurt a lot more.”

Sitting in his office at the Indians’ spring headquarters on a recent afternoon, Dolan discussed the lingering pain of losing to the Yankees in the American League Division Series last year, and stressed the belief that the current team remains in prime position to bring a World Series title to Cleveland. Even after a quiet winter for the franchise, the roster is built to realistically contend for the team’s first crown in 70 years.

Within Cleveland’s clubhouse, there is a sense of urgency growing among the veteran players who came up together and helped grow the current run of successful seasons. Next winter, key players like Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, Michael Brantley and Josh Tomlin could hit free agency, along with a handful of others. There is still young talent locked in place, but a heightened level of uncertainty exists beyond 2018 and could gain momentum in the years that follow.

Dolan, too, feels the importance surrounding the season at hand.

“We’ve won five years in a row. You don’t win forever. We are peaking as a team,” Dolan said. “You can certainly look down the road and think that, if we Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey ‘re going to continue to succeed, we’re going to have to do it with an evolution of talent. But, with the talent we currently have together, this is the time to do it.”

Prior to the 2016 campaign, the Indians’ payroll had never reached the $100 million plateau. That has changed in the past two years, which included a franchise-record payroll at the end of each season. As things currently stand, the Tribe’s payroll for ’18 will be right around $130 million, though the bulk of that came via internal raises.

The only major external addition for the Indians this past winter was signing free-agent first baseman Yonder Alonso to a two-year contract worth $16 million guaranteed. A year earlier, Cleveland made a big free-agent splash by reeling in slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million pact. It was an opportunistic signing f Kevin Pillar Jersey or the Indians, who waited out the market and saw Encarnacion’s asking price drop into thei Marcus Stroman Jersey r operating range.

Video: KC@CLE: Alonso crushes a two-run homer to extend lead

Dolan said a similar turn of events just never materialized this past winter.

“We’re counting on the continued improvement of some of our younger guys,” Dolan said. “And we have a lot of guys in the primes of their careers. So, there’s no reason not to expect similar performances. … I don’t know that an opportunity like [the Encarnacion situation] really arose for us this offseason. But, too, frankly, because we moved on Encarnacion and made a couple other moves, we didn’t have the financial capability to make a big move like that.”

Recent history shows that Dolan has approved and provided resources for in-season moves when it made sense.

Two years ago, Cleveland sent a package of prospects to the Yankees in order to land Miller, who proved pivotal in the World Series run. Last season, the Indians landed outfielder Jay Bruce from the Mets, and took on the remainder of his contract, and he had an immediate impact down the stretch. Dolan said the latter is the best example of how the Indians will likely approach the July and August trading periods.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Bruce hits game-tying solo homer in 8th

“If a Bruce-like opportunity surfaced,” Dolan said, “where we had an obvious need and a high-quality player like Bruce was available, and we didn’t have to surrender prospects to get him, I’d be very surprised if we didn’t act on that. I have no idea whether or not we would consider a high-volume prospect [deal] — an Andrew Miller-like deal.”

Dolan has been thrilled with the support from Indians fans, who have already purchased more than 13,200 season-ticket packages (the highest total since 2008). Last year, the team drew over 2 million fans for the first time since that ’08 season as well. Dolan believes the combination of five consecutive winning seasons and the improvements to Progressive Field have driven those figures.

“The fans have responded,” Dolan said. “They’re enjoying this team and I like to think they’re enjoying the ballpark as well, with what we’ve done there.”

Dolan also said he is understanding of fans who were displeased with the franchise’s decision to no longer feature the Chief Wahoo logo on the team’s on-field uniforms, beginning in 2019. Dolan said that decision was a difficult one, but he feels the Indians and Major League Baseball found a good middle ground. The logo will still have a limited availability in retail, which will allow the team to maintain the rights to the mark.

“We think we’re in the right place,” Dolan said. “The world has changed. Society looks at things a little differently now, and we’re about winning baseball games, not defending one view or another about symbols. So, we tried to find a compromise.”

Above all else, Dolan wants to end his city’s World Series drought.

Last season, the Indians won 102 games and rattled off 22 consecutive wins between August and September, recording the longest winning streak in AL history. Cleveland did not win the World Series, though, and Dolan knows that is all that really matters in the eyes of the team’s fans.

“It goes down as one of the greatest years in the history of our franchise,” Dolan said. “But, six months later, it still stings that we fell short, and we fell short in a hard way. … You only have so many years where you’re going to come into the season as a favorite to win the World Series, and position yourself to actually win it and be there, and then it didn’t happen.

“I hope this is that year where we again position ourselves to win it, and then we do it.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Corey Kluber and Felix Hernandez have some history. It was Kluber, you might recall, who edged out Hernandez in 2014 when the Indians’ standout won his first American League Cy Young Award.

The pair will add to that history on Thursday night when the aces square off in an Opening Day matchup between the Mariners and the defending AL Central-champion Indians at Safeco Field.

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Corey Kluber and Felix Hernandez have some history. It was Kluber, you might recall, who edged out Hernandez in 2014 when the  Marcus Stroman Jersey Indians’ standout won his first American League Cy Young Award.

The pair will add to that history on Thursday night when the aces square off in an Opening Day matchup between the Mariners and the defending AL Central-champion Indians at Safeco Field.

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Kluber is coming off his second AL Cy Young Award and now will become just the fourth Cleveland hurler to make four straight Opening Day starts, joining a trio of Hall of Famers in Gaylord Perry, Bob Feller and Stan Coveleski.

In that regard, Hernandez can do Kluber one better. Or six better, actually, as he’ll be making his 10th consecutive Opening Day start, a feat accomplished by just six previous pitchers in MLB history. That group consists of five Hall of Famers — Jack Morris, Robin Roberts, Tom Seaver, Steve Carlton and Walter Johnson — as well as the recently deceased Roy Halladay, who will be eligible for the Hall of Fam Kevin Pillar Jersey e for the first time this year.

“Just to be mentioned with those guys is pretty good,” said Hernandez, who will be limited to about 85 pitches because a line drive to his right arm in his Cactus League debut limited him to three spring appearances. “Ten straight with one team, that’s a great honor for me.”

Hernan Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 25 Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays Road Gray Jersey Cheap dez is coming off an injury-plagued 2017 that saw him go 6-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 16 starts. But he has a history of pitching well on Opening Day. Though he’s lost close decisions to Texas and Houston the past two seasons, he’s 6-2 with a 1.64 ERA in 10 previous openers, including one before his decade-long streak began.

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Hernandez has earned the right to pitch the season opener, despite his limited spring.

“We all know Felix is an adrenaline guy,” S Marco Estrada Jersey ervais said. “He gets fired up when the house is full, and he feeds off it.”

But the Mariners will have their hands full against the Indians, who posted the best record in the AL last year at 102-60 while Kluber was going 18-4 with an MLB-leading 2.25 ERA and 265 strikeouts with just 36 walks in 29 starts.

“Opening Day is a cool day,” said the low-key Kluber. “It’s special for baseball. We’ve got a lot of guys who could have pitched that day, but it is an honor and something to look forward to.”

While the Mariners have their eyes on ending MLB’s longest postseason drought of 16 years, the Indians are shooting for their third straight playoff trip. After losing to the Cubs in the 2016 World Series and getting knocked out by the Yankees in last year’s AL Division Series, the goal is clear.

“I think, talent-wise and experience-wise, we match up with anybody,” said All-Star reliever Andrew Miller. “It’s a long road, but I think the expectation and the goal here is to try to get back to the end and win the last game of the year.”

And that journey for both teams starts Thursday night at Safeco Field.

Things to know about this game
• One of the Indians’ primary offseason additions was first baseman Yonder Alonso, who played the final two months of 2017 with the Mariners before hitting free agency. The 31-year-old had a big spring, with seven homers while hitting close to .400 in Cactus League play.

• Hernandez is 7-6 with a 2.95 ERA in 16 career starts against the Tribe, while Kluber is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in four starts vs. Seattle.

• This will be just the third time the Indians and Mariners have faced off on Opening Day. The last time came in 1998, when Randy Johnson got the start for Seattle, but Cleveland won a 10-9 slugfest in the Kingdome despite home runs by Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Russ Davis off Indians starter Charles Nagy, with Jose Mesa picking up the win in relief.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.


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PHOENIX — In his morning meeting with reporters on Tuesday, Indians manager Terry Francona raved about how Jose Ramirez has been swinging the bat lately. A few hours later, reaching for one of his bats nearly jeopardized the All-Star’s availability for Opening Day.

Ramirez sustained a laceration on his left middle finger in the first inning of Tuesday’s 3-3 tie with the D-backs at Chase Field, forcing the third baseman to exit the game early. Francona indicated that the injury was not serious and Ramirez is expected to be in the lineup on Opening Day on Thursday in Seattle.

PHOENIX — In his morning meeting with reporters on Tuesday, Indians manager Terry Francona raved about how Jose Ramirez has been swingin Josh Donaldson Jersey g the bat lately. A few hours later, reaching for one of his bats nearly jeopardized the All-Star’s availability for Opening Day.

Ramirez sustained a laceration on his left middle finger in the first inning of Tuesday’s 3-3 tie with the D-backs at Chase Field, forcing the third baseman to exit the game early. Francona indicated that the injury was not serious and Ramirez is expected to be in the lineup on Opening Day on Thursday in Seattle.

“He was reaching for the bat rack,” Francona explained. “And he caught his fingernail on a piece of metal and it just cut him. He’s OK. We just couldn’t stop the bleeding by the time [he needed to go back to the field], because he was leading off the inning.”

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Ramirez, replaced by pinch-hitter Erik Gonzalez in the top of the second inning, could have played through the minor injury, per Francona.

“He didn’t want to come out,” Francona said. “He’s fine.”

This spring, Ramirez hit .273 with five extra-base hits, seven RBIs, eight runs and nine walks in 22 Cactus League games. The third baseman had a standout showing last season, hitting .318 with 29 homers, 56 doubles and 107 runs in 152 games, earning a third-place finish in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

Refsnyder traded, three added
Outfielder Rob Refsnyder fell just short of making the Indians’ Opening Day roster this spring, but will now get a chance to start the season with the Rays.

On Tuesday, Cleveland traded Refsnyder (out of options) to Tampa Bay in exchange for cash considerations — one in a handful of moves made by the Tribe. The Indians also received right-hander Jordan Milbrath (a Rule 5 Draft pick) back from the Pirates, claimed lefty Jack Leathersich off waivers from Pittsburgh and sign Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Majestic White Flex Base 40th Anniversary Patch Jersey ed infielder Adam Rosales to a Minor League contract.

Leathersich (2.70 ERA in  Justin Smoak Jersey 24 career Major League games) was added to the 40-man roster and optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Milbrath and Rosales were assigned to Columbus’ roster as well.

Injury updates
• Left fielder Michael Brantley, who will begin the season on the disabled list due to a right ankle issue, will continue to play in Minor League games through the end of this week in Arizona. Francona said the team will discuss the next step for Brantley this weekend.

Video: KC@CLE: Brantley homers in first Cactus League at-bat

• Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (general soreness) was out of the lineup for the Indians Tuesday for the second game in a row. Francona said Encarnacion was doing  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey fine, took regular batting practice on Tuesday and would be ready for Opening Day on Thursday.

• Infielder Giovanny Urshela, who is expected to open the year on the DL with a right hamstring injury, should be ready to resume game activity before the end of this week, per Francona.

Quotable
“We played the Dodgers. We played a great game. [Curt] Schilling threw eight. [Ricky] Bottalico got the save. [Scott] Rolen made a nice play down the third-base line. It seemed easy. Then, I don’t know if we won another game on the road trip. We won, [3-0], and it was just kind of how you drew it up. It went downhill from there.” —Francona, on his first career Opening Day as a manager with the Phillies in 1997

Worth noting
• Francona he still is not quite sure how the playing time will be distributed between catchers Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez to start the season. The manager noted that Gomes will likely be behind the plate on Opening Day, marking the catcher’s fifth consecutive Opening Day start.

Video: CLE@SEA: Gomes crushes a grand slam to right-center

“[Francona] made it clear in the beginning that it’s like a dual-running back thing,” Gomes said. “We both, when our names get called, just have to be ready. That’s as far as it goes. … I don’t think we can both sit back when [the other] is playing. I don’t just relax or sit back, because at any moment one of us can come in and impact the game.”

• Outfielder Brandon Guyer is expected to resume his role as a complementary right-handed bat for Cleveland’s lefty-heavy lineup, offering an option against tough lefties. The Indians will see Mariners lefty James Paxton in the second game of the season on Saturday and Francona said there is a chance Guyer (coming back from a left wrist issue) will be in the lineup.

Up next
Following an off-day on Wednesday, the Indians will open the 2018 season with ace Corey Kluber on the mound for a 10:10 p.m. ET clash with the Mariners on Thursday at Safeco Field. It will mark Kluber’s fourth consecutive Opening Day assignment Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Collection Authentic Light Blue Throwback Jersey . Kluber, who is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, will be opposed by Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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PHOENIX — The Indians entered Spring Training without any major competitions, which is often the mark of a good team with stability. Cleveland still needed until the spring’s last week to iron out the final details for the Opening Day roster.

The decisions have been made and now, the Tribe is prepping for Thursday’s season-opening game against the Mariners in Seattle.

PHOENIX — The Indians entered Spring Training without any major competitions, which is often the mark of a good team with stability. Cleveland still needed until the spring’s last week to iron out the final details for the Opening Day roster.

The decisions have been made and now, the Tribe is prepping for Thursday’s season-opening game against the Mariners in Seattle.

“I’m comfortable that we covered everything,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I think we’re in a good spot. The guys we have, or are going to have, are healthy. I think we’re in a good spot. It’s a long season. We all get caught up, myself included, in the first week of the season. I think we’re in a good position.”

We made our predictions before Spring Training began and then examined the roster again later in camp. Now, there is clarity on how things will be actually be aligned for the start of the 2018 campaign.

Here is a look at the initial roster that will begin the Tribe’s quest to win a third straight American League Central crown and push for a World Series run:

Catcher: Yan Gomes, Roberto Perez

The Indians got through Spring Training without any issues behind the plate, so Perez and Gomes will open the year as the Major League catching tandem, as expected. Prospects Francisco Mejia (No. 1 on the Tribe’s Top 30 list, per MLB Pipeline) and Eric Haase (No. 20) impressed this spring and look like the next men up in the event of any setbacks to the big league catchers.

First base: Yonder Alonso

Cleveland inked Alonso to a two-year pact over the offseason, giving him the first base job that was vacated by Carlos Santana‘s departure in free agency. This spring, Alonso has flashed the same kind of power he displayed throughout his breakout ’17 season. Heading into Monday’s game, he had seven home runs and a .902 slugging percentage in Cactus League play.

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Second base: Jason Kipnis

In the pre-spring predictions, Jose Ramirez was listed here due to uncertainty about Kipnis’ place on the field. Francona c Joe Carter Jersey leared that up right away, noting that Kipnis would indeed return to his customary place on the field. After an offseason filled with trade rumors, and following an injury-married ’17, Kipnis got off to a great start this spring by launching six homers in his first six Cactus League games.

Shortstop: Francisco Lindor

There was never any question over who would patrol shortstop for the Indians this season. In the past two years, Lindor has picked up Gold and Platinum Glove Awards (both in 2016), a Silver Slugger Award (’17), made two All-Star teams, reached the World Series (’16) and was a top-five finisher in AL MVP voting (’17). And the switch-hitting shortstop is still just 24 years old.

Third base: Ramirez

When our first roster predictions came out, Yandy Diaz was at third base. After all, he was the Indians’ Opening Day third baseman a year ago. At that time, it still seemed plausible that Ramirez was going to be at second, with Kipnis moving to the outfield. Once that idea was elimina Josh Donaldson Jersey ted, Cleveland reverted back to a familiar alignment. Ramirez started for the AL All-Star team at third last season.

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Designated hitter: Edwin Encarnacion

Encarnacion is entering the second season under the three-year, $60 million contract he signed with the Indians two winters ago. The slugger had a slow Spring Training this year, but the veteran put in his work and that was enough for Francona. Encarnacion was sluggish out of the chute last season, but wound up with 38 homers, 107 RBIs, 104 walks and an .881 OPS in 157 games.

Outfield: Tyler Naquin, Bradley Zimmer, Lonnie Chisenhall

Up until the final week of the season, it looked like Michael Brantley (right ankle surgery in Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  October) might be ready in time for Opening Day. Cleveland probably could have gone that route, but decided the left fielder was not ready to shoulder the full load of a starter. Without Brantley o Justin Smoak Jersey n the roster, Naquin gets the nod and will get playing time in left field, with Zimmer in center and Chisenhall in right.

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Bench: Rajai Davis, Erik Gonzalez, Brandon Guyer

Earlier this spring, Melvin Upton Jr. (since released) and Giovanny Urshela (headed to the DL with a right hamstring injury) looked poised to push for Opening Day jobs. Davis came to camp and convinced the Tribe to add him to the roster as a backup outfielder who offers speed. Guyer, who is coming back from left wrist surgery, will also offer a right-handed complement to the all-lefty outfield. With Urshela sidelined, Gonzalez will be the utility man.

Rotation: Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, Josh Tomlin

The only change from the pre-spring predictions is the absence of Danny Salazar, who will open on the disabled list with a right shoulder issue. Salazar is finally back to throwing off a mound, but there is no timetable for his return. So, Kluber will make his fourth straight Opening Day start and will be followed by Carrasco, Bauer, Clevinger and Tomlin (in that order). The Indians boast one of the best starting casts in baseball.

Bullpen: Cody Allen, Matt Belisle, Nick Goody, Zach McAllister, Andrew Miller, Tyler Olson, Dan Otero

The first round of predictions for the bullpen included Clevinger, though that was before Salazar’s situation came to light. The next prediction for the last spot was lefty Ryan Merritt, who is out of options. It has since been revealed that a left knee issue will send him to the DL to start the year. For the last spot, Cleveland’s decision came down to non-roster invitees Carlos Torres and Belisle, with the latter winning the job.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Not every rookie will leave his mark on baseball like Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger did a year ago, but each club has a prospect or prospects who should crack its big league roster in 2018. Below are MLB Pipeline’s choices for the rookies who will make the biggest impact on each team in the American League Central.

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Not every rookie will leave Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 31 Joe Biagini Toronto Blue Jays Red Scarlet Canada Day Jersey  his mark on baseball like Aaron Judge and Cody Be Devon Travis Jersey llinger did a year ago, but each club has a prospect or prospects who should crack its big league roster in 2018. Below are MLB Pipeline’s choices for the rookies who will make the biggest impact on each team in the American League Central.

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Cleveland: Francisco Mejia, C (No. 1 on Indians’ Top 30; No. 11 on Top 100)
There is no question about Mejia’s hitting ability, as scouts widely view him as one of the Minors’ best pure hitters. Whether the Indians can work the 22-year-old switch-hitter into their lineup organically this season could pose a challenge given the Tribe’s depth behind the plate, though it’s for that same reason Mejia is expected to see time in the outfield early this season in Triple-A.

Video: CLE@COL: Mejia belts a three-run jack in the 3rd

Chicago: Michael Kopech, RHP (No. 2 on White Sox Top 30; No. 10 on Top 100)
In Eloy Jimenez and Kopech — both acquired in trades — Chicago has the game’s best combo of hitting and pitching prospects, and both should surface at Guaranteed Ra Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 29 Devon Travis Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey te Field sometime this summer. Part of the Chris Sale deal with the White Sox at the 2016 Winter Meetings, Kopech may get there first, thanks to his upper-90s fastball with late life and wipeout slider. His unhittable stuff has prompted comparisons to Noah Syndergaard, though his control and command aren’t in the same class.

Video: Renteria on the decision to reassign Kopech

Detroit: Mike Gerber, OF (No. 11 on Tigers’ Top 30)
Gerber has some power, some speed and can hit, although he’s not plus in any one category. But he can do a little bit of everything, plus play all three outfield positions. As the Tigers try to rebuild, some of the impact talent is a little farther away, but Gerber should be a steady contributor at some point this year.

Kansas City: Hunter Dozier, 3B/OF (No. 7 on Royals’ Top 30)
A surprise pick at No. 8 overall in the 2013 Draft, Dozier would have gotten at-bats in Kansas City last year had he not been waylaid by hamate and oblique injuries. He’s capable of playing either infield corner and has seen action at both outfield corners, though the offseason signings of Lucas Duda, Jon Jay and Mike Moustakas eliminated his chance to get regular big league playing time at the start of 2018. Dozier’s best tools are his power, which he creates with his strength and loft in his right-handed stroke, and his arm, which once produced low-90s fastballs as a reliever at Sam Houston State.

Minnesota: Fernando Romero, RHP (No. 2 on Twins’ Top 30; No. 6 Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 33 J A Happ Jersey Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey 8 on Top 100)
All Romero did this spring was throw eight h Joe Biagini Jersey itless innings, walking one and striking out eight. But it was never in the plans for him to break camp with Minnesota. He can continue to get innings and remain healthy in Triple-A for whenever that phone rings. He has frontline starter potential, but also does have the power repertoire to help out short-term in the bullpen if needed.

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