10. Trade Kipnis
This is easy to say if you’re an Indians fan.
Kipnis is now three years past his last All-Star appearance and every year since then, he’s gotten worse.
Just take those Wahoo red and blue glasses off for a second and ask yourself: If you’re the GM of another team, why would you want Jason Kipnis?
He hasn’t hit for two years now, and now he’s complaining about analytics and the Tribe’s lack of preparedness for ALDS.
Kipnis is entering the final year of his contract. He’ll earn $14.6 million. He has a team option for 2020, although it will cost $2.5 million to buy him out.
Kip’s price tag helps the Indians if they make a trade with another team trying to unload a hefty contract, but that’s the only way.
No one’s going to be lining up to give the Tribe any up-and-coming talent for someone who’s hit .232 and .230, respectively, the past two seasons.
Realistically, Kipnis will return next season, but it’s unclear in what role. Yandy Diaz has to play somewhere, and that somewhere is probably third base. Jose Ramirez will be at second and Leoyns Martin is good enough to hold onto center field until Bradley Zimmer returns from should surgery.
At almost $15 million, a team not amount the more luxurious spenders in the big leagues appears poised to have one of the highest paid utility players in the game next season.