While the MLB regular season has been delayed, we can still hold out hope for it being an exciting one. Cleveland Indians' fans just want to see their team outperform its expectations, with the club trending toward the middle of the pack in the latest odds to win the 2020 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
For some of Cleveland's players, the season's delay is giving them a bit more time to prepare for make-or-break seasons, with the possibility of being traded or even cut if they don't live up the team's expectations of them this year. With that in mind, here's a look at three players that are the least likely to be on the roster at the end of 2020.
3. Brad Hand, RP
Entering his second full season with the Indians, left-handed pitcher Brad Hand needs to get back to being a top reliever. Hand began last season with 22 straight saves, but he converted on just 12 of his last 17 save chances. Much of this could be due to how busy he has been over the past few seasons, which explains why he was shut down from Sept. 9-20 with a tired arm last year before making just one more appearance. The Indians must give him the extra care to make sure his arm is ready this season, but this extra care may be too much to keep him around past this season, especially if he doesn't return to form.
2. Francisco Lindor, SS
The Indians have already been shopping Francisco Lindor around all winter, and there seems to be no reason this this won't continue. With two seasons left on his contract, Lindor is expected to see a huge payday, which could exceed the eight-year, $260 million deal that Nolan Arenado signed with the Colorado Rockies. In the small market of Cleveland, this could be a tough contract to support, while also trying to build a championship-caliber team. They will certainly continue to gauge the interest of potential suitors around the MLB.
1. Adam Plutko, SP
Adam Plutko has generally been used as a fill-in fifth starter over the past couple seasons. During this time, he has shown his potential, at least in certain moments. However, the inconsistency may earn him a ticket out of town. For example, his AAA numbers have actually been worse than his call-ups, making for a confusing evaluation that demands he play well now, or his time in Cleveland could be over before the calendar flips to 2021.
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