In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR.  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here.

So far, we’ve done the White SoxRaysYankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles.  The Indians are next.

We’ll start by removing Cesar Hernandez, Oliver Perez, and Sandy Leon from consideration since they’ll be free agents after the season.  Carlos Santana has a relatively pricey $17.5MM club option, so we’ll remove him as well.  Roberto Perez has more affordable club options on 2021 and ’22, so we’ll include him in the poll.  I’m only going to lock in these five players:

Francisco Lindor
Mike Clevinger
Shane Bieber
Jose Ramirez
Brad Hand

That means you get most of the control here, as you can choose 10 of the following 25 players:

Greg Allen
Logan Allen
Christian Arroyo
Jake Bauers
Bobby Bradley
Carlos Carrasco
Yu Chang
Adam Cimber
Aaron Civale
Delino DeShields
James Hoyt
James Karinchak
Jordan Luplow
Phil Maton
Oscar Mercado
Tyler Naquin
Roberto Perez
Zach Plesac
Adam Plutko
Franmil Reyes
Jefry Rodriguez
Domingo Santana
Nick Wittgren
Hunter Wood
Bradley Zimmer

With that, we turn it over to the MLBTR readership! Click here to select exactly ten players you think the Indians should protect in our upcoming mock expansion draft. Click here to view the results.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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