1. Cleveland Indians trade a catcher
The fiscally conservative Tribe will probably deal a catcher, probably Roberto Perez. Twenty percent of the team’s payroll is tied up in backstops who are subpart defensively, but can’t hit a lick. The club has nearly $9 million tied up in Perez and Hedges.
If both are on the roster next season, the duo will command a total of $11 million, with Hedges expected to get somewhere between $3 and $4.5 million via arbitration.
Perez hit 24 homers in 2019, but injuries derailed him in 2020 and 2021. He’s batting . 149 in 118 plate appearances.
The Tribe picked up Wilson Ramos, who’s at Triple-A. He could prove a capable backup to Hedges for 2022 and the organization waits on catching prospect Bo Naylor’s MLB debut date to ripen.