Avisail Garcia – OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Garcia is six months younger than Puig, plays right field, and has some decent pop in his bat. Per Spotrac, he made a base salary of $3.5 million in 2019, and probably isn’t looking at a humongous raise on his next deal.
But he’s also a right-handed hitter, and doesn’t provide an upgrade defensively over Puig–or any of the Tribe’s in-house outfield options, for that matter. If you’ve been following along with us at Believeland Ball so far this offseason, you’re aware that (in my opinion, at least) the Indians aren’t in need of another righty in the outfield.
And they certainly aren’t in need of a below-average defender with a slightly above-average bat if they are indeed going to explore the right-handed market. Garcia may be linked to the Indians in offseason speculation, but the front office should look for outfield help elsewhere.