April 20, 2014

Chris Antonetti talks Indians offseason on Sirius XM

Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti was on Sirius XM earlier this afternoon to talk about the team’s upcoming offseason.

You can listen for yourself on this SiriusXM link for a 3.5-minute portion of the entire interview. Per Twitter, other topics mentioned: Asdrubal Cabrera’s offseason training regimen, Trevor Bauer’s rocky 2013 and Danny Salazar’s unrestricted 2014.

From the available 3.5-minute comments, here’s a paraphrased transcription.

On Ubaldo Jimenez…
Antonetti said he’s not certain if he’ll be back next year, but the team “would be thrilled if he accepts the qualifying offer.” Gave credit to Jimenez and pitching coach Mickey Callaway for the pitcher’s impressive 2013 season.

On starting pitching depth…
Named off, perhaps surprisingly, Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin as options for next season. Said the team feels good about its depth, but would obviously love Jimenez back.

On other offseason needs…
“We’ve lost a lot in our bullpen,” he said, mentioning released Chris Perez plus free agents Joe Smith, Matt Albers and Rich Hill. Expects the team will add a couple of pieces to the bullpen. And the team will be trying to find another “complementary bat.”

On the offense…
“We’re in a fortunate position going into the offseason in that we basically are returning an entire position player team that was fourth in the American League and fifth in baseball in runs scored.” Discussed the offense’s versatility.

On that “complementary bat”…
Antonetti said, in an ideal world, this would be a left-handed hitter. He rattled off outfield, first base, designated hitter and third base, in order, as potential positions of need for this player.

[Related: The Diff: Indians offseason, 2014 salary and contention windows]

  • Ed Carroll

    boooo MOAR STARTING PITCHING MOAR STARTING PITCHING ALL THE STARTING PITCHERS

  • matt underwood

    they should move away from their recent draft stradegy of the last 20 years of blind folding a monkey and let him throw darts. i am not 100% certain that is what goes on there, but it is the only way to explain their draft record.

  • mgbode

    if everyone you draft tends to bust and you replace the guys picking and the draft picks still tend to bust, then the odds are that the issue is more in the development than the players themselves.

  • Kildawg

    No RH Power bat for RF/1B? Doubt that Ubaldo accepts the QO, unless there’s a trade in the works with a team that needs SP with pieces to trade (LAA the leading candidate here). I wouldn’t be surprised if the ole NBA sign-and-trade starts to be more common in MLB because of the newer CBA.