Provided they finally tell opposing teams to stop asking about a trade of Mike Clevinger, the Cleveland Indians’ rotation appears to be set. As FanGraphs projects, they’ll be heading into 2020 with Clevinger, Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, Carlos Carrasco and Aaron Civale as their starters.
Worth noting here is the fact Adam Plutko, who helped keep the rotation afloat last year while Cleveland dealt with injuries, isn’t projected to make the starting five this season. Making things more complicated is what the Indians would do with him provided this prediction comes true.
Plutko heads into spring training completely out of minor league options. Should he not find a spot in the rotation, his time in Cleveland could come to an end.