One of the many ideas emphasized throughout the Indians offseason was that the front office truly believed that it had developed a core group of players that they could build around in order to compete for division titles.
Of course we know that the acquisitions of players like Swisher and Bourn expand the core or at least its supplement but the question becomes what players specifically makeup the principal group going forward?
This year while compelling so far, is more interesting in terms of the direction it will point the franchise specifically surrounding the management of “core” guys as well as defining who they are as the season progresses.
In my mind the core contains a combination of the following depending on how each person values players: Carlos Santana, Justin Masterson, Jason Kipnis, Asdrubel Cabrera, Cody Allen, Corey Kluber (Probably too soon but worth inclusion) Zach McAllister andMichael Brantley. The order does not in any rank the value of the assets moving forwar...