As T.J. Zuppe noted here a couple weeks ago, the MLB’s new three-batter minimum rule is going to make life quite interesting for the Cleveland Indians this summer. No longer having the advantage of short outings for specialty relievers, manager Terry Francona will now be forced to demand more from his bullpen.
While this new rule will have an impact on every Cleveland relief pitcher, how it affects Adam Cimber will be a narrative to keep an eye on this season. Not only are the submarine pitcher’s splits a concern, so too is the fact it’s incredibly difficult to find a situation he can consistently thrive in.
As a result, determining how best to utilize Cimber, while also working around a three-batter minimum, will be one of Fracona’s toughest challenges in the year ahead.
Cimber has been one of the Tribe’s more intriguing relievers since joining the team in 2018. An add-on in the trade which sent closer Brad Hand to Cleveland, both his throwing motion and barrel percentage had Indians fans eager to see what he could offer.
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