6. Target this player in Arizona’s fire sale
The outfield is the biggest mess for the Indians heading into the 2019 season.
Let field is a disaster because Michael Brantley is off for greener pastures. It’s already being said he’d be a fit for some National League clubs.
The Indians can address the problem by adding David Peralta, who’s under team control for another two years.
The Diamondbacks are reportedly set to commence a fire sale and start with a massive rebuild.
There’s some who correctly feel the Indians missed out on the great Marlins’ fire sale of last offseason. The Indians can’t miss out again.
Peralta hit .293 (.868 OPS) with 30 homers and 87 RBIs this season. He hit over .300 against righties, but was a .237 hitter against southpaws.
It will be interesting to see how the market plays out for the veteran because he’s already 31 and he just only posted a career year, by a mile. Prior to this season, the most home runs he had hit was 17 back in 2015.
Ultimately he’s appealing because he’s affordable, he’ll be around for a couple years and it shouldn’t take top prospect Triston McKenzie to get him.
Ideally the Indians would try to keep Brantley, but just look at what happened to Carlos Santana last year. The Indians planned on making the switch-hitter a serious offer, but then the Phillies came along and threw $20 million per season at him.