When Carlos Pena signed with the Tampa Bay Rays last Friday, it simultaneously took away the Tribe’s best free agent option off the board and put Kotchman in search of a new team. Wouldn’t it make some sort of karmic sense then for Kotchman’s next team to be the Cleveland Indians?
That wouldn’t be the best idea for the Tribe, though.
There is no denying that Kotchman finally had a breakout year last year. After being rated the 22nd, 13th, 15th and sixth best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America from 2002 through 2005, Kotchman struggled for the majority of his big league career. That changed last year when he posted these stats:
.306/.378/.422 slash line, .800 OPS (128 OPS+), .351 wOBA (125 wRC+), 10 HR, 48 RBI, 11.7 K%, 8.5 BB%, 2.8 fWAR
You might be thinking that would look very good on the Indians in 2012, especially considering the level of bad production the Indians got out of the first base position at times last year. But there are numerous reasons to pass of Kotchman. Read More…
From Bleacher Report, January 23, 2012