Hanser Alberto – Baltimore Orioles
Another utility player that spends majority of his time at second base, Hanser Alberto could be another target on the radar of the Cleveland Indians this offseason.
Beginning with the Texas Rangers, Alberto moved over to the Orioles prior to the start of the 2019 season and really hit his stride in Baltimore after being claimed off waivers. Since arriving in Baltimore, Alberto is slashing .299/.322/.413 over 193 games. He’s also been able to knock 15 home runs and 73 RBI along with seven stolen bases over that span.
Alberto will be 28-years old when the season starts, which actually makes him a bit of a veteran on the roster in Baltimore and also ahead of their current trajectory. He still has two years of arbitration left and made $1.65 million, meaning his 2021 contract should be a bit higher than that.
If his price is right, Alberto is similar to Flores in the way that he can form a bridge to the minor leagues at an affordable price. The Indians have a plethora of middle infield talent in the minor leagues and it might take just one of those players to land Alberto.
The Orioles are planning for a few years down the road. Throwing them a prospect that better aligns with their plans, like Tyler Krieger or Ernie Clement, could bring Alberto to Cleveland at a low-price. The Indians get a bridge second basemen and the Orioles gain their second basemen of the future.