What will the Cleveland Indians’ opening day lnfield look like five years from now? Here’s a way-too-early prediction.
With a rebuild likely on the horizon, the Cleveland Indians roster will look much different five years from today and no group will undergo more change than the infield.
Last week, it was reported that the Indians do indeed plan to trade four-time All-Star Francisco Lindor, who is in the final year of his contract before opening day and will also face a tough decision with Jose Ramirez in the near future as he will hit the open market after the 2022 season.
With their two top current players not likely to be part of their long term plans, a manager in Terry Francona nearing the end of his career and having made the playoffs in four of the past five seasons without coming away with a championship, and the White Sox rebuild over and the Tigers likely to be a threat in the next few years, it’s likely the Indians will be in full rebuild mode or just starting to contend come 2025.
Assuming the Indians do indeed to rebuild, here’s a way-too-early 2025 opening day infield projection for the Tribe based off players who are currently members of Cleveland’s active roster or farm system.