Cleveland Indians: 3 free agents who could boost Tribe’s outfield
3 free agents who could boost Cleveland Indians outfield
The Cleveland Indians outfield has been one of the team’s biggest weaknesses over the last handful of seasons at least. However, this season there was starting to be signs of answers with the addition of Eddie Rosario through free agency and emergence of both Josh Naylor and Harold Ramirez.
Unfortunately, the injury to Naylor will be a big step back for the unit and push them to scramble a little bit once more. Bradley Zimmer is the next man up for a starting role and Oscar Mercado got the call-up to fill the roster spot with the hopes that maybe he can reclaim his swing from the 2019 season.
If Zimmer and Mercado are unable to fill the role adequately, then there are few options left to consider. Daniel Johnson is the only other player on the 40-man, meaning an addition of sorts could be on the horizon for the Tribe.
If that’s the case, the options on the free agent market are few and far between. There’s a few players that could offer a possibility, but there isn’t a big name out there to sign. Any player that the team looks to add is going to have some sort of knock. Whether it be age, injury, off the field concerns, there’s a reason that these players are still available at the halfway point of the season.
Now, if the Cleveland Indians want to go this route, they can’t be picky. This is the cheaper route for a player addition and with that will come concerns that might not be as prominent if they opted for a trade instead. Nevertheless, these players are still in contention to be added by the Tribe down the stretch if another major league ready outfielder proves to be a need of the club heading into the second half of the season.