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“You got to learn each other and learn on the fly, but I guess if anything, it’s fortunate we’ve got quite a bit longer season this year, a little bit more time to work towards our ultimate goal.”
That would be winning a World Series for the first time since 1948.
This year, perhaps more than ever, the Indians, who also chose not to re-sign first baseman Carlos Santana or closer Brad Hand, will rely on a solid starting staff led by the 25-year-old Bieber. In just three major league seasons, the right-hander has become one of the AL’s most dominant, front-of-the-rotation starters.
Bieber pulled off pitching’s Triple Crown in 2020, leading the majors in wins, ERA and strikeouts. It’s not a stretch to think he can’t get better, which is scary for opposing hitters and equally worrisome for the Indians, who will have to pay him market value at some point.
The team has contractual control of Bieber until 2025 — he’ll be arbitration eligible the next three years — and the right-hander said Monday that he’d welcome a chance to talk to the team about a long-term contract extension. Personalized An Tractor Driver And The Best Harvest Of His Life Live Here Doormat
“It’s absolutely something I’d be open to,” he said. “But in terms of conversations, nothing has really come about. Everybody is kind of on the same page, you know, one step at a time. We have a very new group coming in this year, and there’s a lot of turnover from last year, so it’s a different look and everybody just kind of wants to get the ball rolling, get on the same page.
“In terms of conversations, it really hasn’t happened yet, so that’s something I’d love to dive into and hopefully that will be reciprocated as well.”
After dealing Lindor and Carrasco, the cost-conscious Indians invested some of the saved money back into the roster by signing free agent outfielder Eddie Rosario (1 year, $8 million) and re-signing second baseman César Hernández (1 year, $5 million), two players who can help them stay in step with the Twins and White Sox in the AL Central.
Reyes, who may get a chance to play some first as well as DH, is active on social media. He’s aware of what’s being said about the Indians this season —and it’s not all flattering.
Expectations are low, and that’s to be expected with the changes.
Reyes, though, feels the Indians are being short-changed.