Cleveland Indians: Five former Indians who could return in 2021

Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, Cesar Hernandez
Cesar Hernandez #7 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /

Cesar Hernandez

Of the five players on this list not only is Cesar Hernandez the youngest, but he is the most recent Indian and has the most potential. Hernandez was a standout signing for Cleveland this past year and the one-year “prove-it” contract worked, but it might have come in the wrong season. Due to the financial trials of the coming year, Hernandez might have to wait another year for his big deal.

Hernandez played well enough to score a big contract, but if he really wants to max out he should sign another one-year deal, and what better place than Cleveland. He’s already familiar with the staff and team and there wouldn’t be another move for one season.

During the 2020 season, Hernandez captured a Gold Glove Award at second base while also being one of the best offensive players for the Tribe as well. He was placed in a few different spots of the batting order and managed to put together a slash line of .283/.355/.408 while leading the American League in doubles with 20.

If the market continues to see little action or dries up around Hernandez, the Indians should run to the phones to make a call. If he would be interested in signing a deal similar to what we saw last year, then he could be the steal of the season, again.

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