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Indians with Reported Interest in Utility Players Jose Peraza and Chad Pinder

The New York Yankees came to a deal with former Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole late on Tuesday night for a record-breaking $324 million.

Needless to say the Indians were not in on negotiations for the All-Star pitcher.

That doesn’t mean that they were not linked to a couple of players in day three of the 2019 MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego, but it’s likely the two names that the popped up linked to the Tribe won’t get fans too excited.

The first player that the Indians are reported to be looking at is former Cincinnati Reds second basemen, shortstop and outfielder Jose Peraza.

The report came from MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, who says that the Indians along with the Baltimore Orioles have checked in on Peraza.

Last season was a disaster for Peraza, as he hit just .239 with six homers and 33 runs batted in. He played in 141 games last season with 376 at bats.

He also had just a .346 slugging percentage. He drew 17 walks, striking out 58 times in 2019.

If you want some hope that Peraza could find his swing if he came to the Tribe all you have to do is look at his number from 2018, as he had a much better season at the plate.

That year with the Reds in 157 games he hit .288 with 14 homers, 58 runs batted in and 23 steals.

One thing that is a draw from for the Indians when it comes to Peraza is the fact he can play a couple of positions, two of which the Indians need right now – second base and the outfield.

A second player that has been linked to the Indians is Oakland A’s utilityman Chad Pinder, who like Peraza can play second, short and the outfield.

The 27-year-old had a solid 2018 for the A’s, as he hit .258, with 13 homers and 27 runs batted in playing in 110 games.
Pinder was a second-round pick from the A’s in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, and over the last four seasons has played in 343 games, hitting a total of 42 homers with 120 runs batted in.

There’s no question that the two players both have the versatility that the Indians like, and neither player is going to be able to demand much money wise which is another plus for the Tribe.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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