3. Window stays open
Fans and media alike pressured the Indians to “win now” because the window to win the World Series is wide open.
That’s true, but it’s not like if the Indians come up short this year that there won’t be more opportunities, especially in a division where four of the six teams are multiple seasons away from being competitive.
The truth this roster can keep contending through 2021, and maybe even later.
The year 2021 sticks out because it’s last year the Tribe has control over Francisco Lindor, Corey Kluber. Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco are free agents after 2020, but with Shane Bieber already in the majors, and prospect Triston McKenzie on the rise, the Indians should be in the thick of AL Central.
Bullpen guys tend to fall out of nowhere, but the Indians have their core with Brad Hand through 2021 and Adam Cimber though 2023.