Eddie Rosario Signs With the Cleveland Indians

Eddie Rosario

Mark Feinsand has reported that free-agent outfielder Eddie Rosario has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. Rosario will earn 8 million dollars for the upcoming season. The deal is pending a physical.

Rosario’s Career

Rosario has played his entire six-year career with the Minnesota Twins where he has been one of their key offensive players. The 2019 season was Rosario’s best as a major leaguer. In that season he hit 32 home runs and drove in 109 runs. Rosario followed that up by hitting 13 home runs and driving in 42 runs in the 60-game 2020 season. Rosario is 29 years old and still in his prime years.

His career slash line is .277/.310/,478 which indicates Rosario is a classic slugger. Rosario is a corner outfielder who has spent the majority of his career in left field. Rosario will help the Indians in 2021 and since he is on a one-year contract this makes him very tradable should Cleveland fall out of playoff contention.

Indians Outlook

This has been a transitional offseason for the Cleveland Indians. The Indians released closer Brad Hand. Carlos Santana, Domingo Santana, and Delino DeShields are all free agents and won’t be back. But the biggest move was the blockbuster trade made earlier this month with the New York Mets. The Indians traded All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor along with starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco for shortstops Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, and minor leaguers Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene.

With Lindor about to become a free agent, the Indians decided to finally trade the star player away. The Indians were not going to re-sign Lindor and decided to get something back for him. Despite trading Lindor away there is still talent on the Indians. The 2021 season could showcase some of the young Indians such as Gimenez, Nolan Jones, Triston McKenzie, and James Karinchak. The Indians also have the defending American Leauge Cy Young winner in Shane Bieber and the runner up for the MVP in Jose Ramirez.

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