C, Roberto Perez
Like Santana, catcher Roberto Perez has been a fan favorite in Cleveland for much of the past decade.
Perez has spent his entire seven-year career with the Indians, earning a Gold Glove Award in 2019, a monster 2016 postseason that saw him help Cleveland to the World Series with three home runs, seven RBI’s and seven walks and eventually landing a four-year extension.
This past season did not go well for Perez, however, as he slashed just .165/.264/.216 with a home run and five RBI’s and was held to just 32 games due to injury.
Thus, the Indians will have a tough decision to make when they discuss Perez’s $5.5 million club option. The team added Austin Hedges in the Mike Clevinger trade with the Padres, but outside of that don’t have much catching depth. This should lead them to keep Perez around.
While Perez may stay with the Indians for 2021, they’ll likely let him go after the season and not pick up his $7 million club option in 2022.
Projected Landing Spot: Cleveland Indians pick up team option