Cleveland Indians: 5 Untouchable Players This Offseason

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Aug 4, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) and shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrate Lindor
Aug 4, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) and shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrate Lindor /
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Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the 7th inning in game one of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the 7th inning in game one of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Andrew Miller – LRP

Do not take the news that the Indians will listen to offers for Andrew Miller as any indication that the team is looking to move the ALCS MVP. His value to the team was unmatched throughout the playoffs and the team, which is looking to head back to the World Series in 2017, cannot move him if they hope to do that.

It is safe to say that the Indians would not have made it to the World Series if it were not for Miller. His postseason dominance allowed the team to win close games in all three playoff series.

This type of player, especially one that is under control for two more seasons, does not get traded from a team that is still very much contending going into next season.

If Miller were to be dealt, the hole that would be left in the bullpen would not be able to be completely filled. While guys like Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen have proven reliable, the flexibility that Miller gives the team makes him far more valuable than anyone who could attempt to replace him.

Financially, the 31-year-old’s $9 million contract is not overwhelming for the team, and they would likely be more than happy to pay him that amount of money for the next two years.

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