Indians sign Carlos González
One of the more puzzling parts of the offseason was, well, everything that happened with the Indians. For most of last year, they were right on par with the Yankees, Astros and Red Sox in terms of stature in the American League. They weren’t playing as well, but the base of talent was there for them to be right there for a long time. Then, they spent the winter doing absolutely nothing to improve their roster, losing Michael Brantley and reportedly listening to deals for Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer. They didn’t end up trading any of their star pitchers, but it still feels like Cleveland missed a chance to improve and have taken a step back in the league. They should still win the division, and you could argue that’s all that matters. The playoffs are a crapshoot and all that. Still, they have one of the worst outfields in baseball, and it’s been wild that they’ve done nothing about it.
On Saturday, they did something about it. Sort of. According to Jon Heyman, among others, the Indians agreed to a minor-league deal with former Rockies outfielder Carlos González. Once upon a time, González was one of the most exciting players in the league, finishing third in NL MVP voting back in 2010. The three-time All-Star is past that point of his career, though, finishing average or worse at the plate in each of the last couple years. Still, he provides an upgrade in base talent and upside for Cleveland. It’s likely too late for him to play his way onto the Opening Day roster, but he’ll have to be up soon. González has an opt-out in early April.