Look at any tweet the Cleveland Indians’ team handle published this offseason, and you’ll find the replies are loaded with at least one of the following two demands.
“Extend Francisco Lindor.”
“Re-sign Yasiel Puig.”
These are admittedly far more polite translations, but you get the point. Fans spent the winter voicing their frustration about the Tribe’s inactivity when it came to retaining one fan favorite and reuniting with another.
To date, no significant progress has been made regarding Lindor’s contract, though the team sparked slight optimism last week when insisting extension conversations were occurring.
When it comes to Puig, I, too, was one of those initially pushing the Indians to consider bringing him back to Cleveland. As time went on, it became clear the team wasn’t interested, instead continuously hinting the offensive power its outfield needed had been in the clubhouse the whole time in the form of Franmil Reyes.
Though the Indians received backlash for ignoring outside options to instead bet on Reyes, it’s starting to feel like they may be the ones who get the last laugh.