The last week in MLB was about a team in the American League who plans to trade a talented shortstop, a club brings back a manager, and a pair of players win the platinum glove.
Cleveland Indians Plan to Trade Shortstop Francisco Lindor Before Opening Day
The Cleveland Indians might be without one of their best players in shortstop Francisco Lindor when the 2021 season begins.
The Indians are expected to move Lindor before Opening Day, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY.
Cleveland, strapped for money, intend to trade All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor by opening day, several rival teams have been informed. Lindor earned $17.5 million last season and is projected to earn about $21 million in salary arbitration in his final year before free agency
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 5, 2020
Lindor will be a free agent at the end of next season, and the Indians can not offer him a contract extension, given the team typically has a low payroll.
The Indians want to move him before Opening Day as they would not have to pay any of the $20 million he is expected to earn through arbitration next season.
Lindor has been one of the best shortstops in the American League since he made his debut in 2015.
He has compiled a .285 batting average and .833 OPS with 138 home runs, 411 RBIs, 191 doubles, 15 triples, 99 stolen bases, and won two Gold Gloves in six seasons with the Indians.
Though Lindor will be a free agent after next season, the Indians will receive an excellent return for a player of his caliber.
Boston Red Sox Bring Back Alex Cora As Manager
The #RedSox today announced that Alex Cora has been hired as the team’s manager. pic.twitter.com/dsE7J4lqfi
— Red Sox (@RedSox) November 6, 2020
The Boston Red Sox have hired an individual they are familiar with to be their manager in Alex Cora, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Breaking: Alex Cora is back as Red Sox manager
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 6, 2020
Cora and the Red Sox reached an agreement several days ago on a two-year deal with options for two more years, per Enrique Rojas of ESPN.
Source: Alex Cora agrees with the Red Sox for 2 years and options for another two years.
Fuente: Alex Cora y Red Sox acuerdan contrato de dos años, con opciones para otras dos temporadas.https://t.co/HH89GrYTIi
— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) November 6, 2020
Cora resumes the role he previously had with the Red Sox after being suspended for one year due to his involvement in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal.
He becomes the second person to return to a Major League Baseball position after serving a suspension due to the Astros’ scandal.
AJ Hinch was recently hired as manager of the Detroit Tigers after he also had a one-year suspension.
Cora guided the Red Sox to a World Series title in his first season as their manager in 2018.
They were a dominant team that season, by setting a franchise record with 108 wins and winning their fourth title since 2000.
Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado, Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon Win Platinum Glove
The best of the best.
The 2020 Platinum Glove award winners. pic.twitter.com/eEHKSuH6SE
— MLB (@MLB) November 6, 2020
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado won his fourth straight Platinum Glove a couple of days ago as the best defender in the National League.
Nolan being Nolan.
The @Rockies 3B joined #MLBTonight to celebrate winning his 4th straight @RawlingsSports Platinum Glove Award! pic.twitter.com/C18qVQXpFZ
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 7, 2020
Fans decide the Platinum Glove, and every player who has won a Gold Glove for the respective year is eligible.
Arenado won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove early last week.
The third baseman routinely makes outstanding plays with his glove, and it is not a surprise he won the Platinum Glove.
In the American League, Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon was given his second Platinum Glove.
2020 @RawlingsSports Platinum Glove Award Winner Alex Gordon joined #MLBTonight to talk about the honor and what he's planning to do in retirement!@Royals | @Plesac19 | @StephenNelson pic.twitter.com/qfCPPsvBhp
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 7, 2020
Gordon, an eight-time Gold Glove winner announced the 2020 season would be his last during September.
Gordon was a stellar defensive outfielder in his 14 years with the Royals, and winning the Platinum Glove is a fitting way to end his career.
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