The free agent market might as well be shark-infested waters for the Cleveland Indians’ front office. Very rarely do general manager Mike Chernoff and club president Chris Antonetti venture far from shore in their fishing boat, unless of course a journeyman outfielder is calling for help.
Last offseason was business as usual, with one exception. The departure of Jason Kipnis and the end of his nine-year tenure as the Tribe’s second baseman forced their hand, and César Hernández was signed to a one-year contract worth $6.25 million.
And I can confidently say that was $6.25 million well spent.