The Cleveland Indians made quite an impression on the league this season and did so with a relatively small payroll.
With ‘only’ $73 million dollars on the books, Cleveland’s payroll ranked 23rd in the league – a number that is likely to rise, especially after Indians general manager Chris Antonetti suggested that the team will go shopping in free agency this Winter.
Antonetti confirmed he’d heard team revenue was up 20 percent over last season. He wouldn’t say whether he’d be hamstrung by an attendance total that ranked 29th out of 30 teams, besting only the Rays.
“I’m confident we’ll have the resources to building a contending team for next year,” Antonetti said. “I think we’ll be aggressive.”
Manager Terry Francona laid out the terms a bit more definitive:
“I think money speaks,” Francona said.
How the Indians will spend their money is an unknown. Both Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir are free agents, so it’s possible Cleveland may attempt to re-sign them or sign players like Chris Perez to long term deals or its possible the team may opt to look outside the organization for improvement. Either way, it sounds as if we’ll see some new talent in Cleveland come 2014.