The Cleveland Indians have two players up for Gold Glove Awards in 2019 and both appear to have a great shot to bring home the hardware.
The Gold Glove Awards aren’t a great cause for mass celebration among Cleveland Indians fans. But it is still something to root for in an offseason that doesn’t feature any Indians baseball.
The finalists were announced today and the Indians have two players up for awards. Anyone who watched the team should not be shocked by the pair.
Francisco Lindor already has one Gold Glove to his name. He took that home in 2016, along with a Platinum Glove Award. That is a fan-voted award given to the best defender in the league.
Another award for Lindor should hopefully signal to the front office that they should get serious about an extension. It doesn’t have to be a 13-year deal. Even just buying out his final few years of arbitration and giving him a nice four or five-year deal at his market value would work.
Anything to keep this contention window open for longer than two seasons.
The team doesn’t have the same sense of doom when it comes to Roberto Perez. The catcher finally got a full season under his belt. He finished the year with zero passed balls and threw out 41 percent of attempted base stealers.
Not that it was all on defense, but he was one of the team’s most reliable players throughout the season. He also happens to be under team control through 2022 at a bargain price. Not bad for one of the best defensive catchers in baseball.
If either ends up not winning we will be sure to write up a rebuttal to each decision.