This is all theoretical, but the way the off-season is going could reveal a new way of paying players, and it would benefit Cleveland. It seems clear this quiet offseason is the result, in part at least, of a long period of poor choices by MLB franchises. As nice as it is to see players get the money coming to them in the form of long, nine-figure contracts, it’s well-established how much of an albatross these things become, some swifter than others. Front offices are taking notice, and it comes at the expense of some legitimately good — but definitely not great — players getting paid. This could actually work in the Indians‘ favor. The biggest thing that can cripple Cleveland, payroll wise, is a big contract that sits on the books for years and years. Even moderately sized contracts like those of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn hamstrung their flexibility and power on the market for a few years, and those weren’t even that long. But this is why we never hear the Tribe’s name mentioned
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