2015 Cleveland Indians Season Review: Grades

5 of 5

Apr 10, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (24) before the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

This roster was never built to win a World Series, even if it made the cover of Sports Illustrated. A heavy reliance on the rotation and the early offensive and defensive issues seemed to hinder the Tribe all year. By the time the needed changes were made, it was too late. But man, what a set of adjustments by Francona and the front office.

Had the Indians admitted their flaws just a little sooner, perhaps we’d be watching the Tribe into October.

This team is still very good and still finished just shy of making the playoffs. It was not a bad year, albeit one that fell short of unrealistic expectations. There’s so much promise from the kids on the roster that this grade is weighted a bit.

Only Kluber will be over 30 for the current starters and the left side of the infield has barely been able to buy their own beer. For as many flaws as the team had going into 2015, some of those appear to have gotten sorted out.

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