3. Indians done spending
The Tribe may still have their irons in the trade market, but one would have to think the team is done in free agency after signing Cesar Hernandez for $5 million and then Rosario for $8 million.
The team said it would re-invest some of the $32 million saved by trading Fransisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.
The local media speculated that re-investment would probably be a 1/3 of that number. By spending $13 million, they’re over that number, so this is probably it.
Their signings covered two majors holes in the lineup. Rosario is only here for one season, but who knows? Hernandez initially signed a one-year deal last season. Plus, Rosario will be 30 when he’s looking for a new next next winter.
After signing Rosario, the Indians payroll for 2021 is around $48 million. The Pirates owned the lowest payroll in baseball last season at $47 million.
It’s hard to see the Indians moving the needle much more. The Tribe could always take a flier on a reliever, but it’s hard to see the payroll going north of $50 million.