5. Cleveland Indians
The final team that was a big loser at the Winter Meetings was the Cleveland Indians. Prior to the meetings, there was few teams with as much chatter surrounding them as the Indians. The Indians went into the meetings with plenty of holes to fill, and a willingness to listen on offers for both Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. With so much on the table, many expected the Indians to be a busy team this week. The Winter Meetings have come and past with absolutely no action at all for the Indians front office.
The Indians continued to have discussions on both Carrasco and Salazar but nothing came of any of those talks. The Indians were also connected to third baseman Todd Frazier, which was a clear area of need going into the offseason, but talks with the Reds went nowhere. The Indians sat idly by all week while the Tigers made great strides forward, the Royals stayed on top of the division and even the White Sox made some improvements. The Indians find themselves in a division that should be much better next year, with a team that just isn’t good enough as currently constituted. There is still plenty of offseason left for all these teams, including the Indians, but the Winter Meetings weren’t what they should have been.
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