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Hey, Hoynsie: If the salary floor is $100 million next year as part of the new basic agreement, how will the Guardians afford it? Will they be forced to over pay for mediocre talent just reach the minimum guidelines? — Kurt, Canton.
Hey, Kurt: I’ve been told that there’s no way the Indians could operate if they had to adhere to a salary of floor of $100 million unless there was a big increase in MLB’s revenue sharing plan. It was reported that the the owners made the proposal of a salary floor to the players association several weeks ago as part of early bargaining on a new basic agreement. I’ve been told that any proposals made this early in the process — the current basic agreement expires on Dec. 1 — should be taken with a grain of salt.
Hey, Hoynsie: Do you think Yu Chang has a chance to be the starting second baseman next year? — Jim B., Independence.
Hey, Jim: Yes, but first he has to make it through the offseason.
Chang has been one of the Indians most intriguing players this year. He’s shown occasional power, the ability to hit in the clutch and can play all four infield spots. Since his recall from Class AAA Columbus on Aug. 13, he’s been getting consistent playing time and performing well. The question is has he done well enough to keep his spot on the 40-man roster because the Indians have a lot of prospects to protect from the Rule 5 Draft?
Hey, Hoynsie: If everyone stays healthy, is it going out on a limb to guess the Guardians starting five next year will be Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale, Zach Plesac, Cal Quantrill and Triston McKenzie? — Mike Fumic, Avon.
Hey, Mike: If you’re going to climb out on that limb, make reservations because it’s going to be crowded.
Hey, Hoynsie: I need your opinion on the Guardians keeping the history of the Indians. I think they should start their own history, and not inherit the 73-year drought of not winning a World Series title. What is your opinion? — Mike Zeoli, Painesville.
Hey, Mike: Cleveland’s baseball team has changed names before, but the history of the club has always been part of the deal. The Guardians won’t be an expansion team. Regardless of the name change, they’re still a charter member of the American League and need to be treated as such.
There’s too much history of the team, the city and its fans intertwined with the franchise to just start over. The World Series drought isn’t a big enough obstacle to erase it.
Hey, Hoynsie: Why are so many people down on Bobby Bradley? Defensively I think he’s done a very good job. Considering his offense, for the amount of games he’s played I think he will be a big asset in the coming years. I know his strikeouts are a concern. — Barry Elliott, Jackson Center.
Hey, Barry: I have not heard the complaints that you have about Bradley. I think he’s a player finally getting a chance to play every day and he’s taking advantage of it. Besides Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes, he’s one of the few power threats on the team and has hit well with runners in scoring position. Defensively, as you said, he’s played well.
I like the way he takes the ball to left field. . .and does so with authority. Strikeouts are going to be a part of his game. If he hits 25 to 40 home runs a year, you can live with them. If not, he’s going to have to get better control of the strike zone.
Hey, Hoynsie: Regarding unprotected players that do not make the Indian’s final 40 man roster — what is the process in place for the Indians to pickup other team’s unprotected players? — Tim Corbett, Dana Point, Calif.
Hey, Tim: It’s called the Rule 5 Draft and it happens every December. In the major league phase of the draft, a team can pick an unprotected player off another team’s roster for $100,000. They must keep him on the 26-man big-league roster all year or offer him back to his original team for $50,000. The Indians acquired Trevor Stephan that way.
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