From SABR member Jay Jaffe at FanGraphs on May 23, 2019:
When the Indians signed Carlos Gonzalez on March 19, it had the feel of a student buying an off-brand version of Cliff’s Notes at the Starbucks cash register to thumb through on the way to the final exam. It’s not that the team didn’t do their homework on the 33-year-old outfielder specifically — there’s a reason he was still a free agent at that late date. It’s that they went into the season looking particularly ill-prepared with regards to their outfield picture. The poor play of Gonzalez and the team’s other options isn’t the only reason why Cleveland finds itself looking up at the Twins in the AL Central standings, but it has contributed to a team-wide offensive decline that ranks as the majors’ largest.
Read the full article here: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/indians-drop-cargo-retain-baggage-from-offseason/
Originally published: May 24, 2019. Last Updated: May 24, 2019.