Monday, October 18, 2010

Finding Keepers: Cleveland Indians: 10/18/2010

The Cleveland Indians should have two very solid keeper candidates but unfortunately that's not the case going into the 2011 season. OF Shin-Soo Choo finished the season as the 10th-best outfielder and 24th-ranked player overall according to ESPN's Player Rater with his .300/81/22/90/22 line yet his 2011 season is in jeopardy due to his two-year commitment to the South Korean military needing to be filled. Keep an eye on this situation over the winter to see how it all players out. Hopefully there's a clear direction before your league's keepers need to be locked in.

C Carlos Santana's much anticipated debut happened on June 11th and he proceeded to put up very good numbers (.260/23/6/22/3) in 46 games before having his season ended in a home plate collision that left him with a seriously injured knee. Reports are that he will be ready for the start of next season but knee injuries and catching don't mix well. Any catcher with the ability to hit 20+ home runs and steal some bases is definitely worth a keeper tag, especially in deep mixed leagues and 2-catcher formats.

I don't see anyone else on the Indians roster that I'd be willing to use a keeper selection on for the 2011 season. Do you agree/disagree with my assessment of their roster? If so, open up the discussion by leaving me a comment. Also, help spread the word about COSFBA by using the "Share" option on this post. Much appreciated!


  1. In some deeper leagues, I would think Grady Sizemore could at least be a consideration. He's been banged up the last few years, but like Santana, should be ready for Opening Day.

    The Sports Banter

  2. Great point, Mike.
    I actually picked up Sizemore in the last week of the season in one of my keeper leagues (very deep league) where my roster is in total rebuild mode. Still to be seen if I truly use a keeper selection on him when the time comes.
    Thanks for the feedback.