2. Andres Gimenez, SS
How do you replace one of the top three position players in franchise history? It’s a tall order for Andres Gimenez, the 22-year-old shortstop Cleveland acquired from the Mets for Francisco Lindor.
Hopefully, he’s young enough not to let the pressure get to him.
There’s been things written about in the local media about Gimenez starting the season at Triple-A.The Athletic’s Zack Meisel even joked about the Tribe manipulating his service time by starting him Columbus in a recent column.
The Indians always have to be fiscally cautious, but there’s no way they can start Gimenez in the minors. Rosario has been an error machine at shortstop, committing 31 errors as the Mets everyday shortstop between from 2018-2019. Rosario only committed two errors at the position in 44 games last season, but his work at the plate was abysmal (.272 on-base percentage).
Gimenez won’t be Lindor at the plate, he held his own last season, hitting slightly better than the league average while taking the job from Lindor.