Impending Free Agents
As mentioned earlier, the Indians will potentially have a lot to lose in free agency once the season is over. Cimber, Allen and Miller were three of Francona’s go-to pitchers in the bullpen and if all three are donning new uniforms next season, it will be difficult to replace Allen’s 149 career saves and 2.98 career ERA and Miller’s 13.3 K/9 and 2.22 ERA while with the Indians.
Post-All-Star break, Brantley (.310/.377/.432) and Melky Cabrera (.302/.363/.458) have been two of the team’s best hitters. Plus, Josh Donaldson, who was recently acquired from the Blue Jays, has hit .280/.400/.520 with three homers and seven RBI in his 16 games in an Indians uniform. With Jason Kipnis moving to the outfield once again, Donaldson could be a target to re-sign going into the 2019 season, his age-33 season.
Although rarely seen, Rajai Davis finished 2018 with 21 steals and Lonnie Chisenhall hit .321/.394/.452 in 29 games before his nagging calf injuries reared its ugly head again. Despite recurring injuries, Chisenhall has a 162-game average of .278/.334/.434 with 14 homers and 75 RBI over the past five seasons, becoming a serviceable player while also successfully transitioning to right field from third base.
Due to his injuries, the Indians might be on the fence with bringing him back for 2019, potentially losing another productive player.
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