12 moves the Cleveland Indians must make to win 2019 World Series

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9. Find a bullpen guy

Bullpen arms seem to pup up every year. This past season, Neil Ramirez and Oliver Perez turned in decent season and served as calming presences in what was a tumultuous season for Tribe relievers.

But with Cody Allen and Andrew Miller both probably set to leave, the Tribe’s going to have to find some help.

With the front office likely keeping the payroll down, the Tribe probably isn’t going to throw a wad of money at relievers like the Rockies did last year when they gave Bryan Shaw $7 million per season.

As mentioned, I could see the Tribe going after Miller short term, but even if they’re able to retain him, they’re going to have to find some other arms.

Enter Nick Sandlin.

The Indians drafted Sandlin in the second round of last June’s draft and he shot through the minors. It’s not unusual for a reliever to breeze through the minors when they have the command Sandlin does.

He’s 5-11, and not a physically impressive figure, but he throws sidearm and has impeccable control on a 92 mile-per-hour sinker. In minor league ball, that’ll help you strikeout a lot of batters, which Sandlin did to a tune of 13.5 punch outs per nine innings.

He struggled most at his final step with the Double-A Arkron Rubbernecks, but even there, he was still striking people out.

With Brad Hand and Adam Cimber in the fold for next season, the Tribe may get an unexpected boost if Sandlin emerges, in addition to the idea of putting Danny Salazar into the bullpen.