The Cleveland Indians have declined contract options on Brad Hand, first baseman Carlos Santana and outfielder Domingo Santana for next season, moves that cut $30.75 million from the team's projected 2021 payroll. The club exercised its $5.5 million option for catcher Roberto Pérez, who has been exemplary in handling one of the AL's best pitching staffs. Hand's option was worth $10 million, Carlos Santana's was for $17.5 million and Domingo Santana's $5 million for next season.
The offseason exodus from Cleveland continues, with the surprise addition of Brad Mills to the list. The veteran bench coach, who opted out of the 2020 season for health and family reasons, will not be returning to the Indians. The reason for his departure from the coaching staff has not been made public, but the 63-year-old could simply be ready to retire.
Matthew Pouliot looks back at the 2020 Indians and wonders what's in store for Shane Bieber and company next year. (Getty Images)