CLEVELAND, Ohio — Is there life after Francisco Lindor? The Indians think so.
The Indians traded Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets on Jan. 7. Lindor was recognized as the face of the franchise. Carrasco was their inspiration.
Asked if that was a body blow to the organization, right-hander Adam Plutko, in a Zoom call with reporters Thursday from spring training in Goodyear, Arizona, said “Personally, I felt sad because I was losing two friends that I really enjoy playing the game of baseball with every single day. Cookie still calls me once every two weeks or so and we just chat and talk. Lindor and I got really, really close representing our team in the players association the last 12 months.
“I was sad to lose friends. But if I believed for a second that who I walked into this game with, I was going to play my entire career with, I’m a fool if I believe that. That’s how the game works.”
Plutko said he’s concentrating on who the Indians added this winter, not who they lost.
“Eddie Rosario is a guy that’s just abused us over the years,” said Plutko. “Now he’s on our team. That’s exciting for me, and I love the way he plays the game. We still have, in my opinion, the best pitching staff in all of baseball.”
The Indians signed Rosario to a one-year, $8 million deal and re-signed…