Rumors continue to swirl that teams have interest in Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes. Let’s see how his potential departure could affect the team.
Here at Believeland Ball, we occasionally look into the ole’ crystal ball to see potential outcomes that the future holds. With the possibility that the Cleveland Indians trade away Yan Gomes, we could see even more changes in the lineup.
Gomes has been a staple of this team and it’s sometimes overlooked with how well he does calling games. He deserves a lot of credit for how dominant the Indians pitching staff has been. But all good things come to an end, and it’s likely that this good thing will also end somewhat soon. So let’s see just how things could unfold in the future without Gomes.
Zero hour: Gomes is traded, panic ensues
The Indians trade Yan Gomes to the New York Mets in exchange for outfield prospect Jared Kelenic, RHP Jordan Humphries, and a PlayStation 4. Clevelanders quickly look up how to pronounce Kelenic. Mets go into “win-now” mode after trading away their 1st round draft pick from 2018.
Spring Training 2019
Eric Haase continues to work into full-time work at the Major League Level, meanwhile, Roberto Perez finds his power again, but continues to struggle with his average. It will be a catching committee again this year.
The Indians start slow again but still sit in the middle of another bad division race. New Indians outfielder Marwin Gonzalez continues to hold down the fort in the outfield, but there is still a revolving door at catcher and center field. What else is new? Francisco Lindor already has 10 home runs.
The Indians continue to hover around .500. Yan Gomes makes the NL All-Star squad with the Mets. Meanwhile, Kelenic is thriving in Class-A Advanced, Lynchburg. His assent may be sooner than anticipated.
The Indians battle another injury-riddled season (it always happens) The rotation continues to work as Eric Haase still works wonders for the Indians pitching staff behind the plate. He is Danny Salazar‘s new favorite catcher. Roberto Perez finally improves his average and provides depth to the Indians lineup. The Mets have 89 wins and make the playoffs. Yan Gomes has another gold glove season.
The Indians lose in the ALDS again to the upstart Texas Rangers (don’t ask). Fans riot and the city of Cleveland’s nine-month title drought after they saw the Browns win the Super Bowl in February continues.
So as you can see by looking into the eternal fire, losing Yan Gomes would certainly change the look of this team, but ultimately this roster can persevere. He does a lot to help the Indians, but the team has the talent, along with the luck of playing in the AL Central will keep them afloat for now.