CLEVELAND INDIANS 2012
For 2011 Opening Day roster, click HERE. For End-of-Season roster, click HERE.
*Players on the 40-man roster: BOLD.
*Players who are injured: +
*Players who are Out of Options: ##
*Baseball America '12 pre-season prospect rankings: BLUE #
*Baseball Prospectus '12 pre-season prospect rankings: GREEN #
•Columbus (AAA)/ Akron (AA)
•Carolina (Hi-A)/ Lake County (Lo-A)/ Rookie Levels
'MLBDepthCharts Magazine' includes this roster projection feature but includes additional info, such as player age, 2011 level and stats, 2012 salary and contract info in an easy-to-read, printer-friendly pdf file and excel spreadsheet.
*40-man roster total (40)
*Projected 2012 Payroll: est. $69,152,000, according to MLBDC Magazine
OPENING DAY ROSTER (*indicates left-handed batter **indicates switch-hitter)
Starting Lineup (Click HERE to see last 7 lineups)
1 CF Michael Brantley*
2 SS Asdrubal Cabrera**
3 RF Shin-Soo Choo* ##
4 C Carlos Santana**
5 DH Travis Hafner*
6 1B Casey Kotchman*
7 LF Shelley Duncan ##
8 2B Jason Kipnis*
9 3B Jack Hannahan* ##
C Lou Marson
IF Jason Donald
IF Jose Lopez
OF Aaron Cunningham ##
1 RHP Justin Masterson
2 RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
3 RHP Derek Lowe
4 RHP Josh Tomlin
5 RHP Jeanmar Gomez
CL RHP Chris Perez +
SU RHP Vinnie Pestano
SU LHP Tony Sipp
MID RHP Joe Smith
MID LHP Rafael Perez ##
MID RHP Dan Wheeler
LR RHP Jairo Asencio ##
Projected Disabled List
CF Grady Sizemore* + UPDATE 4/4 - placed on 60-Day DL (back surgery)
RHP Carlos Carrasco + UPDATE 3/15 - placed on 60-Day DL (recovery from September 2011 Tommy John surgery)
LHP David Huff + UPDATE 4/4 - placed on 15-Day DL (strained hamstring)
RHP Roberto Hernandez Heredia (aka Fausto Carmona) UPDATE 1/20 - status unclear after he was arrested for identity fraud in the D.R. UPDATE 1/24 - will miss all of Spring Training
Optioned to Minors
1B Matt LaPorta
IF Cord Phelps** BA#14
IF/OF Russ Canzler
OF Ezequiel Carrera*
OF Nick Weglarz* BA#17
RHP Frank Herrmann
RHP Corey Kluber
RHP Zach McAllister BA#6 BP#13
RHP Danny Salazar
RHP Kevin Slowey
LHP Scott Barnes BA#9 BP#9
LHP Nick Hagadone BA#3 BP#6
Major League Free Agents
DH Jim Thome* (11/4: signed w/PHI)
OF Kosuke Fukudome* (2/14: signed w/CWS)
RHP Chad Durbin (2/1: signed w/WAS)
Minor League Free Agents
C Paul Phillips (1/11: signed w/MIL)
1B Nick Johnson* (2/9: signed w/BAL)
OF Travis Buck* (11/9: signed w/HOU)
OF John Drennen*
OF Jerad Head (11/27: signed w/DET)
RHP Joe Martinez (12/5: signed w/ARI)
RHP Adam Miller (12/16: signed w/NYY)
RHP Anthony Reyes
RHP Jason Rice (11/22: signed w/ATL)
RHP Mitch Talbot (12/2: signed w/Samsung)
LHP Jeremy Sowers
Lost off Waivers/Traded
•IF/OF Luis Valbuena* UPDATE 11/26 - traded to Blue Jays
•RHP Cory Burns UPDATE 12/16 - traded to Padres
•RHP Josh Judy UPDATE 12/16 - DFA'd UPDATE 12/23 - lost off waivers to Reds
•RHP Zach Putnam BA#10 BP#20 UPDATE 1/20 - traded to Rockies
•LHP Kelvin De La Cruz UPDATE 2/14 - DFA'd UPDATE 2/21 - traded to Rangers UPDATE 3/23 - lost off waivers to Tigers (re-acquired recently from Rangers)
OFFSEASON PREVIEW posted 9/23/2011
Based on his past few injury-riddled seasons, there is just no way the Indians can pick up Grady Sizemore's $9 million club option for next season, right? At just 29 years old, maybe the three-time All-Star could be worth keeping around for another season just in case he can turn things around. Returning from 2010 microfracture knee surgery, Sizemore started the season on the disabled list and went back on two separate occasions for knee contusions and missed several additional weeks because of a sports hernia. Another offseason of rest might be just what he needs to come back strong again. But it may be too risky at that price tag.
If Sizemore doesn't return, Michael Brantley would be the center fielder and the Indians could either fill left field with some combination of Ezequiel Carrera and Shelley Duncan or look for an upgrade via trade or free agency. My current lineup projection is very left-handed heavy (six lefties, two switch-hitters) so a right-handed hitting corner outfielder could be at the top of their shopping list.
Along with Brantley, the Indians are set at several positions with Asdrubal Cabrera, Lonnie Chisenhall, Shin-Soo Choo, Jason Kipnis, and Carlos Santana. Designated Hitter Travis Hafner has managed three consecutive seasons with an .800+ OPS but he's also averaging just over 100 games as he's sustained multiple injuries. If Choo can bounce back from a rough 2011, the lineup should have plenty of firepower with or without a healthy Sizemore. Lastly, the Indians will keep an open mind in regards to Santana's position for next season. If they can acquire a catcher, he could become the full-time first baseman. If they acquire a first baseman, he would likely play catcher regularly and DH a few days each week. Acquiring neither would probably mean a similar role to this season, with the 25 year-old bouncing back and forth between catcher and first base.
Can Ubaldo be the difference-maker for Cleveland?
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Similar to the lineup, the rotation has a solid group of young pitchers and a former All-Star that they're hoping can return to form in 2012. Since being acquired at the trade deadline from Colorado, Ubaldo Jimenez has a 4.62 ERA and six quality starts in 10 games. That's not quite what they had in mind when they traded their top two pitching prospects for him. He put up similar numbers earlier in the season with Colorado so it shouldn't be that surprising that he's not as dominant as he was in 2010 (19-8, 2.88 ERA, 214 K). He has been quite good in his last six starts (3.20 ERA), however, so they're in pretty good shape going into the offseason. Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlin have both had excellent seasons and Fausto Carmona has been much better in the 2nd half after posting a 5.78 ERA in 18 1st half starts. Jeanmar Gomez, David Huff, Zach McAllister, and a few others would battle for the last spot unless the Indians can acquire another starter this winter. Carlos Carrasco is expected to miss the season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The 'Bullpen Mafia' should be just as strong next season with Chris Perez (3.43 ERA, 35 Sv), Vinnie Pestano (2.29 ERA, 23 Hld), Joe Smith (1.82 ERA, 16 Hld), Tony Sipp (2.83 ERA, 23 Hld), and Rafael Perez (2.95 ERA, 12 Hld) leading the way. Unless the team trades one of the aforementioned pitchers away to help in another area, I wouldn't expect much roster activity. Not only is the major league bullpen good, there are plenty of relievers in the upper minors who could help out next season, including Cory Burns, Chen Lee, and Nick Hagadone.
•UPDATE 10/31 - Sizemore had his club option declined.
•UPDATE 10/31 - The team acquired Derek Lowe from the Braves for a minor leaguer.
•UPDATE 11/23 - Sizemore has been re-signed to a one-year deal worth $5 million and another $4 million in incentives.
Offseason Needs: Outfielder, Catcher or First Baseman
Potential Position Battles: TBD