Which Former Indians Players are in the Playoffs?

By Lewie Pollis


Are you an Indians fan struggling to figure out which games are worth watching this postseason? We’ve already covered the problem of who to root for this month, but if your biggest priority is simply seeing your old hometown heroes chasing glory, here’s a list of each of the seven former Indians players who are on postseason rosters, sorted by team:

Arizona Diamondbacks

No former Indians.


Detroit Tigers


Victor Martinez (Indian from 2002-9). Martinez hit .297/.369/.463 with 103 homers, 518 RBI, and 20.7 fWAR and made three All-Star teams before being traded to the Red Sox in 2009. He’s hit .293/369/.431 in 65 playoff plate appearances.


Jhonny Peralta (2003-10). Peralta hit .264/.329/.422 with 28 homers, 17 steals, and 11.8 fWAR in eight seasons in Cleveland before being traded to the Tigers last year. He’s hit .348/.404/.587 in 52 postseason PA’s.

Milwaukee Brewers

No former Indians.

New York Yankees

CC Sabathia (Indian from 2001-8). Sabathia went 106-71 with a 3.83 ERA and 33.6 fWAR in nine seasons with Cleveland (including his 2007 AL Cy Young campaign) before being traded to the Brewers in 2008. He’s 7-4 with a 4.65 ERA in 14 career postseason starts.

Philadelphia Phillies

Cliff Lee (Indian from 2002-9). Lee went 83-48 with a 4.01 ERA and 20.5 fWAR in parts of eight seasons and won the 2008 AL Cy Young with the Tribe before being traded to the Phillies in 2009. He’s 7-2 with a 2.13 ERA in 10 career postseason starts.

Ben Francisco (2007-9). Francisco hit .261/.332/.437 with 28 homers, 17 steals, and 2.5 fWAR in parts of three seasons in Cleveland before being traded to Philadelphia along with Lee. He’s struggled in his brief postseason career, hitting .059 in 19 plate appearances.

St. Louis Cardinals

Jake Westbrook (Indian from 2001-10). Westbrook went 69-69 with a 4.29 ERA and 18.4 fWAR in parts of nine seasons with the Indians before being traded to the Yankees last year. He’s 1-2 with a 5.60 ERA in three career postseason starts, all with the Indians.

Tampa Bay Rays

Kelly Shoppach (2006-9). Shoppach hit .245/.331/.456 with 59 homers, 180 RBI, and 6.2 fWAR in four seasons of irregular play in Cleveland before being traded to Tampa Bay after the 2009 season. After a big game Friday night, he’s hitting .287/.400/.667 in 25 playoff PA’s.

Texas Rangers

No former Indians.

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