By Zach Morrison @Zach_Morrison1 on June 14, 2014
The Cleveland Indians are 34-35 through their first 69 games, but they still have hopes to make the postseason. If they want to make a serious run, they need to move on from some of these players and get better performance from others. Here are five players that the Indians need to play better or cut ties with.
It's true, Jason Giambi is still getting paid to play baseball. In 52 plate appearances, he is hitting .128/.212/.277 with a wRC+ of 27. He can't play the field anymore and he can't hit so it's time to cut ties with the veteran slugger.
Michael Bourn was a big free agent acquisition prior to the 2013 season, but he hasn't lived up to his hype since he joined the Indians. In 2014, Bourn is hitting .273/.317/.378 in 226 plate appearances. The Indians would have a hard time moving him, so he needs to at least start playing better.
Let me clarify. I'm not saying the Indians don't need Carlos Santana, I'm saying they don't need the 2014 version of Santana. It's pretty clear that he hasn't handled the transition to third base very well, as he is hitting .176/.336/.328 in 253 plate appearances. If he wasn't drawing walks, he would be having a terrible season.
After an impressive 2013 season, Danny Salazar is off to a poor start in 2014. In 40.2 innings, he has a 5.53 ERA. However, his 3.82 xFIP suggests he has pitched much better than his ERA indicates. He's still racking up strikeouts, with 10.40 K/9 and his control isn't horrible with 3.76 BB/9.
In 222 plate appearances, Nick Swisher is hitting .206/.306/.312 with a wRC+ of 80. He provides no value on the bases or on defense, so when he is struggling offensively, he has no real positive impact on a roster.
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