Offseason Grades: Cleveland Indians

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Category: Utility Players

Grade: C

The Final players to review on the Indians roster are the utility players. These are the guys that probably will not be in the field every game and when they are in the field, their position will shift around quite a bit.

Michael Martinez is technically listed as a shortstop, but last season when he moved from Pittsburgh to Cleveland, he played as a left fielder and a center fielder. Martinez likely will not see much time with the team after Brantley returns from his injury, but given his ability and willingness to play both outfield and infield positions, he has a decent chance to make the roster come April.

 The final utility player is Carlos Santana. While he will probably be the Indians’ designated hitter for the majority of the season, in situations he could play both third base and first base. Santana had 85 RBI’s last season, which led the team. While he consistently draws walks and has a decent on-base percentage, Santana struggles to seal the deal in games with a big hit and lacks the pop a playoff team in the American League is looking for from a player that solely plays as a designated hitter.

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