CLEVELAND, Ohio — The worst thing an organization can do is make big decisions based on performances in spring training. But there are times when it’s fun to watch.
The Indians beat the Reds, 5-1, on Sunday in the first spring training game for both teams. The game featured several of those “dare to dream” moments for the Indians, who have spent the last three years surgically reworking their lineup to make it younger and cheaper.
When the Las Vegas odds were released on who would win the MLB’s top awards in 2021, Shane Bieber, Trevor Bauer, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez received some favorable odds. As recently as 2019, all four of them played for the Indians. Bieber and Ramirez are the only ones still in Cleveland as the payroll has been slashed to an estimated $50 million.
When payrolls are slashed and prospect trades are made, opportunity and promise present themselves. They were on display Sunday on a windy day at Goodyear Ballpark.
* Andres Gimenez started at shortstop. He came to Cleveland from the Mets in the Lindor deal. He’s competing with another former Mets shortstop, Amed Rosario, for the right to replace Lindor.
Gimenez went 2-for-2 Sunday, driving in Billy Hamilton for the Indians’ first run with triple in the second inning. He singled in fifth and went from first to third on a single by catcher Bo Naylor, another prospect. Defensively, he threw out a…