The period to extend offers to non-tendered players has passed, so who should the Cleveland Indians explore signing from the list?
The list of non-tendered players has been released for this offseason and the Cleveland Indians should be one of the candidates to sign a few of them. After non-tendering Tyler Naquin, Delino DeShields and Jefry Rodriguez, perhaps the Indians will be looking to add a few names from the list.
There’s no question that the Indians are looking to save money this offseason. From not bringing players back like Carlos Santana, Cesar Hernandez and Brad Hand to trying to trade stars like Francisco Lindor, this team is in full money-saving mode. However, they will still have to field a team during the 2021 season.
Eventually, the Indians will be back to competing at a high level, but it will take some time. Most of the players that will take over the roles being vacated are still a few years away from being ready for the majors, meaning the Cleveland Indians will be in need of bridge and rental players, making the list of non-tendered players intriguing.
Like Naquin, DeShields and Rodriguez, most players that were non-tendered are still on the younger side with potential, but are also on the cheaper side. This should make them prime targets for the Indians. They can save money while filling roles with the hope of maybe finding a diamond in the rough out of at least one of the signees.
While the Indians should obviously take a look at the complete list of free agents and players that were non-tendered, these three stick out as the most possible to sign with Cleveland. They all have shown flashes of potential, but not enough to stick with a club for an extended period of time while also having the ability to play positions of need for the Tribe for the next season or more moving forward.
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