The Indians made a few official moves to their 40 man roster to prepare for the winter meetings and protect players from the Rule Five draft. Five players were added and two were released. The five players that were added were: shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang, shortstop Willi Castro, catcher Eric Haase, infielder Eric Stamets, and Rob Refsnyder (claimed off waivers). To make room for these additions, Cleveland designated LHP Kyle Crockett and RHP Dylan Baker for assignment.
MLB teams had until Monday to protect players from the Rule Five draft. The Winter Meetings take place in Orlando, Florida this year from Sunday, December 10 through Thursday, December 14. The Rule Five draft comes on the last day of the Winter Meetings (Thursday, December 14) from 9am-11am eastern. With the roster at full capacity, Cleveland will not have a pick available to them for the Rule Five draft major league portion of the draft.
Cleveland’s only real option for first base heading into the Winter Meetings is Edwin Encarnacion, though Encarnacion’s defense is not as great as his offensive power. It will be interesting to see how the Winter Meetings will affect the Tribe’s decision on first base. We will see if they choose to upgrade at that position during one of the most active weeks for MLB executives. They may also try to resign Carlos Santana. In addition to Santana, Cleveland’s other six free agents remain unsigned (Craig Breslow, Jay Bruce, Austin Jackson, Boone Logan, Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith).
Apart from the winter meetings, teams have until Friday, December 1st to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible and pre-arbitration eligible players. Cleveland has over 20 players that are either arbitration eligible or pre-arbitration eligible. We shall see what Cleveland decides to do with those players as well.
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