Cleveland Indians: 3 realistic options for cash-strapped Tribe

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3. Robbie Grossman

The casual fan probably doesn’t know the name, but this is may be a name to watch for the Tribe.

ESPN projected Grossman to sign a one-year, $8 million contract, so he’s within range.

Plus, he does all the things the Tribe likes. Most notably, he’s improving as a corner outfielder at the age of 31, which is something to watch because the Indians do put a premium on defense.

Ranked No. 34 on ESPN’s ranking of free agents, the four-letter network called him a strong option for clubs who lost out on the George Springer sweepstakes.

Grossman spent this last two seasons with the A’s where he hit .241 (.722 OPS) with 15 HR in 674 plate appearances.

Adding a player like Grossman wouldn’t generate excitement, but it would afford Terry Francona the opportunity to work in a player like Daniel Johnson without having to put a ton of pressure on the prospect.

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Additionally, as a switch hitter, Grossman could platoon with Jordan Luplow. Luplow had a disappointing 2020 campaign, but a platoon could certainly work here if the Indians believe Luplow can re-discover his stroke against lefties.