Roberto Perez – 2021 Club Option
With two years left of options on his current deal, Roberto Perez probably has the highest likelihood of returning on this list. The possibility of Perez not returning might even be below one percent.
While the 2020 season was a regression from Perez’s 2019 offensive outburst, he is still regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball. His mind behind the plate is practically priceless. Him being behind the plate has been one of the key factors in the continued success of Cleveland’s pitching staff.
For that reason, his 2021 option of $5.5 million for next year seems like a bargain. During the 2020 season, Perez was perfect behind the plate with a 100% fielding percentage while also leading the majors in caught stealing percentage at an astounding 71%, the second consecutive season he led the stat.
His slash line of .165/.264/.216 is not good by any means, but his defense capabilities by far make up for it and make his contract well worth it. Most times, offensive production is just a plus from the catcher spot and Perez will sometimes have those moments. Defense is where the money goes and Perez’s option gives the Indians one of the best deals in baseball.