Cleveland Indians: Not getting too excited about the award nominations

The Cleveland Indians have two players up for top awards this offseason, but it doesn’t look like either will be coming away victorious.

This is always the time of year filled with doom and gloom for Cleveland Indians fans.

Rumors abound and some fans may sit and worry that there will be a fire sale of the starting pitcher variety. More on that later today.

Some potential good news came out yesterday in the form of award nominations.

So far so good.

Even better.

There is little to no chance that either Corey Kluber or Jose Ramirez comes away with an award. I hate to sound like Eeyore, but it’s the truth.

The good news for Kluber is that finishing so high in the voting activates some salary escalators in his contract. Well, that is good for Kluber but bad for the team when it comes to payroll.

My prediction is that Mookie Betts comes away with the MVP Award while Justin Verlander wins the Cy Young. Which is a shame considering we would likely be talking about Trevor Bauer as a finalist if he didn’t get injured. In fact, he could have won if he stayed at the pace he was on.

Fans not on Twitter may have missed these announcements, but there is no need to worry. It seems like this will be the final positive award announcement of the offseason for the Indians.

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The focus remains on the payroll situation and any drastic moves the team may make. The rumors are out there and right now, there is some potential doom setting in. Just as there is every time the leaves change and it gets dark out at 5.

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