Chris Antonetti said the signing of Yonder Alonso probably represents the biggest free agent move the Indians will make this winter. That sounds an awful lot like Jay Bruce will be joining Carlos Santana, Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith on another team before the start of the 2018 season. The Indians officially announced the signing of Alonso on Saturday to a two-year $16 million contract with an $8 million option for 2020. Alonso will make $7 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. If he reaches 1,110 plate appearances in the first two years of the deal or 550 in 2019, and passes a physical at the end of 2019, the option will vest. "We'll continue to be active," said Antonetti, president of baseball operations, during a Saturday conference call. "We had a certain amount of flexibility headed into the offseason that we had to use judiciously. This represents the vast bulk of that flexibility because the cost of retaining the nucleus of our team is about $25 million to $30 million based on escalating contracts and players going through the arbitration process. "Our expectations is that this will be one of our signification free agent acquisitions of the offseason, but we'll see how the next few weeks evolve and what opportunities present themselves." Antonetti expects the 2018 payroll to be higher than last year's total of $124 million, a franchise record.
Yonder Alonso signing may be all the free-agent bucks Cleveland Indians can spend this winter
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Dec 23