Just a few days after Cleveland’s 2021 season came to an end, dozens of questions already began swirling about the 2022 club.
Although the team will have the next few months to address everything it needs to, the front office sat down with local media three days after season’s end to discuss some of the most pressing topics.
There will be plenty of questions to answer this offseason, but let’s take a look at five of the most important ones:
Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti clarified that the team has not made any decisions on either option at this point, as it has until three days after the conclusion of the World Series to do so. But what’s the most likely outcome for these two veterans?
Ramírez’s option ($11 million) will absolutely be picked up — it’s a matter of whether the team will hold on to him or be open to trading him. But with the new Guardians chapter for this organization beginning in 2022 on the heels of one of its most disappointing seasons in recent memory, it’d be shocking if the club decided to get rid of its fan-favorite All-Star third baseman. The best guess for right now is that Ramírez will be on the 2022 roster.
And then there’s Pérez. The backstop was outstanding in 2019 in his first season as the full-time starting catcher and brought Gold Glove hardware back to Cleveland. But…