On Francisco Lindor, Albert Belle and 3 other things about MLB's winter meeting in Las Vegas – cleveland.com

By Paul Hoynes, cleveland.com | Posted December 08, 2018 at 06:05 AM | Updated December 08, 2018 at 01:27 PM

Welcome to Las Vegas (Dreamstime/TNS)

What happens in Vegas — baseball-wise — won’t stay in Vegas

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The winter meetings begin Sunday in Las Vegas. The last time the meetings were in Vegas was 2008 when the Indians signed free agent closer Kerry Wood and acquired Joe Smith and Luis Valbuena in a three-team deal with the Mets and Mariners.

Wood was supposed to be a critical piece to an Indians’ team that was expected to do big things in 2009. They lost 97 games.  

The Indians didn’t have a winning season until Terry Francona took over as manager in 2013. Francona is still managing the Indians, who have averaged 97 wins over the last two seasons.

Smith has come and gone twice from the Indians since 2008 and Valbuena was killed in a car accident on Thursday night after a winter ball game in his native Venezuela.

This year the Indians come to Vegas at a crossroads. They’re trying to let the air out of a franchise-record payroll by trading one of their cherished starting pitchers, while still maintaining the ability to win a fourth straight AL Central title.

With that as a background — along with the bright lights and clanging slot machines of Vegas — here are five things to look for at the winter meetings.

Manny Machado. (Michael Owen Baker, Associated Press)

What does Manny Machado mean to Francisco Lindor?

Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are the top free agents available this winter. They are said to be looking for deals in excess of

Read More Here...

This entry was posted in Baseball News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Post a comment or leave a trackback.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your email address will never be published.