3 Players the Indians Will Move on From After This Disastrous Season
Aside from the Chicago White Sox, the American League Central division has been an utter disaster in 2021. That's no different for the Cleveland Indians, who sit in second place with a sub-.500 record (58-61). With Eddie Rosario and Cesar Hernandez departing at the trade deadline (and Francisco Lindor moving on last offseason), it looks like the Indians are headed full speed to rebuild mode.
With that in mind, check out three Indians players the franchise may move on from following the 2021 MLB season.
1. Wilson Ramos, Catcher
After getting released from the Detroit Tigers in the middle of the 2021 season, the Indians signed veteran catcher Wilson Ramos to a one-year deal. It was a depth option, especially considering the struggles of Austin Hedges. But, like with any team heading to a rebuild, age matters. Ramos is 34 years old and not a piece for the future of this franchise.
2. Jose Ramirez, Third Baseman
This name may come as the most shocking for Indians fans, but with the rest of a young core (offensively) gone, it's time for Cleveland to see what they can get for Jose Ramirez. He's the most talented offensive member of this team and under team control until 2024, but he'll turn 30 years old when that time comes. This Indians team seems destined for a rebuild and it's time to restock the farm system.
3. Blake Parker, Relief Pitcher
The Indians have a pair of relievers in their mid-30s on expiring contracts. That includes Blake Parker and Bryan Shaw. With a 4.50 staff ERA that ranks just 20th in the MLB, Cleveland will need to re-tool their pitching staff. Part of that comes with the health of the starting rotation, but the Indians will need to shore up their bullpen with discount arms. Both Parker and Shaw have been serviceable this season, but don't expect both arms to return. Shaw's 3.09 ERA hasn't been at Parker's 2.33 ERA level, but the Indians clearly rely on Shaw in more high-leverage situations. Shaw should return and the Indians likely won't opt to pay both arms this offseason.
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