Well ahead of Sunday’s deadline, the Cleveland Indians announced four roster decisions pertaining to team options on Friday.
Catcher Roberto Perez will return to the Tribe in 2021, as his option was picked up by the team. Similar pacts with first baseman Carlos Santana, outfielder Domingo Santana, and closer Brad Hand were declined, making the three veterans free agents.
The Cleveland Indians dropped a big opportunity over the weekend with a chance to gain significant ground in the divisional and Wild Card races when they were swept by the Detroit Tigers. If any of their playoff hopes are to remain, they will need a big series in the state where everything is bigger as they take on the Houston Astros in Texas for four straight at Minute Maid Park beginning Monday night.
The Indians (76-72) had an opportunity again against the Tigers and watched leads fade away in the late innings over the weekend. On Friday night, the Martinez combo of Victor and J.D. pummeled the Indians into submission, as the two combined for five of the seven Tigers runs in a 7-2 Tribe loss. Alex Avila took Bryan Shaw deep for a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on Saturday to give the Tigers a 5-4 win. Shaw was tagged again on Sunday, as Ian Kinsler’s two-run shot in the seventh put Detroit up for good in a 6-4 win.
The sweep at the paws of the Tigers put Detroit back in the driver’s seat in the American League Central and knocked the Indians six and a half games off the pace in the division. They trail the second AL Wild Card team, the Kansas City Royals, by five games with 14 to play.
During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the coaches selected to be a part of Manager Terry Francona’s staff.
By Mike Brandyberry
Every leader has a strong network of confidants around them, people they trust and respect to help guide their decisions. For new Indians Manager Terry Francona, his long-time friend Brad Mills is more than just a sounding board and colleague.
“Mills has the ability to tell me I’m wrong and that’s important,” Francona told Cleveland.com when he named his coaching staff.