Amed Rosario may be on the move once again this offseason after the Mets traded him to the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians took home an interesting haul in the blockbuster deal that sent Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets. Shortstop Andres Gimenez was the centerpiece, but the player he beat out at that position in 2020 came to Cleveland as well.
Both Gimenez and Amed Rosario were traded to Cleveland as the club looks to restock the shortstop position after sending away a generational talent. But the team just re-signed second baseman Cesar Hernandez and that could make Rosario the odd man out before he even plays a game in an Indians uniform.
Rosario on the move again?
This rumor makes plenty of sense after the Hernandez signing. Rosario was once the potential star in the Mets system, only to not live up to expectations in his four seasons at the MLB level. Gimenez was called up in 2020 and now the two men are facing a similar situation in Cleveland.
Jose Ramirez is already entrenched at third base, meaning Rosario’s best shot at staying in Cleveland is as a backup or utility option in the infield. But the team may want a young player like Nolan Jones to get reps when possible over someone like Rosario who has already have time to prove himself at the MLB level.
The Indians are at least attempting, on the surface, to avoid a total rebuild. Moving Rosario could bring more young talent in return without sacrificing anything at the Major League level in 2021. The entire trade being a success hinges on Gimenez panning out.
If he is a bust, Indians fans are only going to be more upset with an ownership group that is not the most beloved in Northeast Ohio.