Cleveland Indians Sunday News and Notes: March 30, 2014

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Your Opening Day Eve news and notes

Yesterday's Game

Indians recap (Saturday): Tribe loses final game of spring training - Let's Go Tribe

Danny Salazar shaky, Matt Carson homers twice; Indians lose to Padres | indians.com: News

Not a whole lot to say about this game, other than Spring Training is now officially over. Woo!

Indians News

So this happened yesterday:

Indians sign Yan Gomes to six-year, $23 million contract extension | indians.com: News

The Indians have not officially announced the signing, which they'll probably do on Thursday, the off-day before the home opener, but pretty much everybody that covers the club is saying that this is a done deal, so let's go with it.

I have to say I'm fairly shocked. The Brantley extension was not a surprise, and if the Kipnis extension gets done it would be the furthest thing from a surprise, but this is a surprise. Gomes is two full seasons away from arbitration (1.083 years of service time), so it's not like he's going to become expensive soon. Yan  has had a grand total of 433 plate appearances in the Majors, which is not quite a full season's worth. Last year he was a part time player until the second half of the season. Usually that's not enough time for other clubs to get a full scouting report on a player, and so I'd expect some struggles for Gomes this year as pitchers start to make their adjustments.

But I think the main reason the Indians committed to this contract is that Gomes is a fantastic defender behind the plate, and defense usually doesn't slump. He got rave reviews for his handling of the pitching staff, and threw out an amazing 41% of potential base stealers. These things are something clubs can adjust to (well, they can run less, but that's a good thing), so you'd have to assume that, barring injury, Yan Gomes in 2020 would still be an effective defender behind the plate. The question is whether he'll still be an impact hitter six years from now.

By the end of the week, the white snow will give way to green grass at Progressive Field | cleveland.com

Those of you in Northeast Ohio woke up to see the ground covered with snow. But believe it or, in five days the Indians will be playing baseball at Progressive Field.

The DiaTribe: Goodyear Notebook on a Lazy Sunday

Al wraps up his Goodyear coverage with some observations from his time in Arizona. He was especially impressed  with Tony Wolters' defense (he switched from second base to catcher just a year ago).

Al also mentioned that both Dillon Howard and Jake Sisco have retired. Howard was the second round and Sisco the third round picks in the 2011 draft. Had they developed as projected, they would have been in AA or possibly AAA now, and at least on the major-league depth chart. But instead the Indians have a hole in the system as far as high-upside starting pitching is concerned.

And be sure to click over to read his thoughts on Francisco Mejia, who may be one of best catching prospect in the majors by the time the season is over.

25-Man/40-Man Roster

(click to embiggen)

March_30_2014_medium

This is the last week this roster will be in "off-season" mode. I'll take off the service time and 2013  information once the season gets going.

I've included all the announced moves, even if they officially haven't made (such as Nyjer Morgan and Scott Atchison being added to the 25-man roster), so right now there's 43 players on the 40-man roster, so the Indians will have remove three players by the end of today. Who are the candidates to be removed? I think they will come from this list:

AL Central News

2014 Twins Opening Day Roster - Twinkie Town

The Twins are coming to town later this week, and here's who we'll be seeing.

Better know a Tiger: Tyler Collins - Bless You Boys

Collins beat out LGFTs Trevor Crowe and Ezequiel Carrera to earn a spot on the Detroit roster as a backup outfielder. The folks at BYB think he's just a placeholder until someone better can be found.

Royals Finalize Opening Day Roster - Royals Review

The Royals are going with just 11 pitchers (the Indians will carry 13).

White Sox almost finish off their roster moves for opening day - South Side Sox

The White Sox are just about done with their pre-Opening Day roster moves. Included in the cuts is LGFT Zach Putnam.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker