Cleveland Indians add catcher depth
I’m not a fan of trades within the division, but this one might not be too awful. When Roberto Perez was hurt the Indians had their eyes open to a glaring gap on their team. If Perez goes down, the team’s potential for success could plummet.
Perez’s defensive knowledge is what makes him so valuable to the team, but he also has a presence at the plate as well. When that gets taken away from the team, the Indians just don’t compete at the same level.
Austin Romine brings that depth to the Indians, and being on a one-year deal the Tigers could look to move him if they plan on not making a playoff push. As for the Indians, we’ve already talked about the flexibility of moving Angel Martinez.
Romine is currently one of the Tigers’ best hitters and could provide a great depth player behind Perez and would help the Indians not miss a beat when Perez needs an off day or if he would miss time again the rest of this season.
As of now, Romine is hitting right around .290 with four doubles and two home runs as well as 13 RBI. Those numbers would be an incredible addition to the Indians’ bench and would be a great help down the playoff stretch for the Cleveland Indians.