The Cleveland Indians have made a big splash in free agency this offseason, but they are not finished yet. According to an MLB report, the Indians are keeping their eye on available free agents which include Jose Bautista.
Indians ‘in touch’ with Jose Bautista
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Indians are interested in Bautista but they are not prepared to give him his desired deal. Rosenthal noted that the Cleveland front office is waiting for the slugger’s value drops before offering him a contract.
“Jose Bautista might not be out of the question if his price drops to a point where the front office feels comfortable presenting a contract proposal for ownership’s approval,” Rosenthal wrote.
It should be noted that the Indians have already signed one former Toronto Blue Jays player by Edwin Encarnacion. The Indians signed the slugging first baseman to a three-year, $60 million deal. Cleveland is solidifying its roster to return to the World Series.
Other options for the Indians
Ken Rosenthal also reported that the Indians are looking for relievers, corner infielders, and corner outfielders. Some of the available relievers on the free agent market include Neftali Feliz, Scott Feldman, Greg Holland, Sergio Romo, Joe Smith and Vance Worley, per MLB Trade Rumors.
On the other hand, there are also some big hitters still available in the market, which includes Mark Trumbo and Chris Carter. Trumbo was the MLB leader in home runs last season with 47 while Carter led the National League with 41 bombs.
Teams interested in Jose Bautista
Other teams that have been linked with “Joey Bats” include the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, and Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays are still favored to re-sign Bautista while the Rangers are noted for their hatred towards their rival. As for the Rays, they are financially restricted and they could also lose a draft pick.
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