Anthony Rendon is right there, guys. He wants a lot of money that he rightfully deserves, and the Indians organization is worth a lot of money. It stands to reason that the two could come together and plug a gaping infield hole.
But also … Matt Duffy.
Duffy was recently designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays as part of their roster crunch ahead of the Rule 5 draft, and he has all the markings of a future Cleveland Indians veteran lottery ticket. At 28 years old, he is technically entering the prime of his career — as opposed to the Rajai Davis, Austin Jacksons, and Mike Napolis of years past — but he’s not exactly surging.
He had a breakout season of sorts with the giants in 2015 when he slashed .295/.334/.428 with 12 home runs and a 113 wRC+; all while playing solid third-base defense. It was a surprise to just about everyone, and suddenly the Giants had a folk hero on their hands.
He struggled to start the 2016 season, however, his limited power dipped even further, and his ability to pull the ball in the air seemingly disappeared. Grant Brisbee wrote an excellent recap of what exactly went wrong with Duffy to start the season. To me, it reads with…