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Very possible. I like both Civale & Plesac more than Plutko, but I am not in favor of dumping Plutko for a box of bats & baseballs either.
Plutko is functional/ acceptable. If a good trade presents itself and the Tribe pitchers are healthy & effective during Spring Training, make the deal to help the club in another area.
Since we have Plutko under control for a few years, and he has helped us eat a lot of innings as a 6th starter, can he be turned into a reliever to be used as a starter, if needed? Or would it be better for both of us to move on, even if we don't get much for him in return, based on being out of options and needing to be a starter?
 

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Since we have Plutko under control for a few years, and he has helped us eat a lot of innings as a 6th starter, can he be turned into a reliever to be used as a starter, if needed? Or would it be better for both of us to move on, even if we don't get much for him in return, based on being out of options and needing to be a starter?
Make Plutko a mop up man if you want in the pen. With 26 guys, we can spare a spot for him, but penciling him into the rotation is a disservice to the entire organization.

We have at least 8 or 9 guys I'd rather have start a game for us than Plutko.
 

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This is a good little tidbit to look at since they usually aren’t too far off in their numbers!
 

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This is a good little tidbit to look at since they usually aren’t too far off in their numbers!
With Clevinger being first time arbitration eligible, this would be a great time to try and lock him down for a couple extra years of team control. Just extending him three extra years would keep him here through age 34.

They locked Kluber down for 7 years $66 million (worth up to $77M with escalators) before he even reached arbitration (that included two years of team options worth $37.5 million). I wonder if we could get something done with Clev in the range of 4 years $44 with a couple team options at the end?

Something like:
2020: $6.5M
2021: $9.5 M
2022: $12.5 M
2023: $15.5 M
2024: $17.5 M (Team option)
2025: $17.5 M (Team option)

I'd also be willing to break our own pre-arb extension record for Bieber. Take Kluber's deal, and bump it up.

In all honesty, making those two moves are more integral to the team's continued success than a Lindor extension is.
 

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With Clevinger being first time arbitration eligible, this would be a great time to try and lock him down for a couple extra years of team control. Just extending him three extra years would keep him here through age 34.

They locked Kluber down for 7 years $66 million (worth up to $77M with escalators) before he even reached arbitration (that included two years of team options worth $37.5 million). I wonder if we could get something done with Clev in the range of 4 years $44 with a couple team options at the end?

Something like:
2020: $6.5M
2021: $9.5 M
2022: $12.5 M
2023: $15.5 M
2024: $17.5 M (Team option)
2025: $17.5 M (Team option)

I'd also be willing to break our own pre-arb extension record for Bieber. Take Kluber's deal, and bump it up.

In all honesty, making those two moves are more integral to the team's continued success than a Lindor extension is.
Why I put getting Clev an extension in my GM off season post. I feel getting Clev and Bieber extended would be a good idea in my mind as well.
 

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