The season is winding down for the Cleveland Indians. Only a dozen games remain for the Tribe, who has a record of 75 wins and 75 losses and are in second place in the American League Central Division.
So, what does the 2012 version of the Cleveland Indians look like? Indians Senior Vice-President of Public Relations Bobby DiBiasio says without adding a player, the payroll for the team will jump about $20 million next year. Why? As younger players move up the ladder, they get paid more money.
On the pitching staff, Ubaldo Jimenez will be with the Tribe for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Justin Masterson, Fausto Carmona and a healthy Josh Tomlin will be back with the Tribe. Other possible building blocks on the pitching staff include David Huff and Jeanmar Gomez.
The Indians will open the 2012 season at Progressive Field on Thursday April 5th against the Toronto Blue Jays.