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How the Cleveland Indians Built A World Series Roster

Somehow, the Cleveland Indians have reached the World Series, despite losing Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar to injury in September. Oh yeah, and they played just about the entire season without Michael Brantley!

Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor were the only hitters to bat .300 in the regular season, but they were led by Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana on offense. They both hit 34 home runs with Napoli driving in 101 runs. Ramirez hit 46 doubles while Jason Kipnis hit 41, to go along with 23 home runs.

They manufactured 777 runs, 2nd best in the American League behind an MLB best 878 from scored by the Boston Red Sox.

Lindor continues to be red hot in the postseason with 10 hits (2 doubles & 2 home runs).  Kipnis, Santana and Coco Crisp each have hit two home runs during their run.

The starting rotation finished with the 7th best ERA in the MLB, while the bullpen had the fourth lowest ERA during the regular season.

Carrasco and Salazar have not participated in postseason action, but it is possible that Salazar pitches in the World Series. 
Andrew Miller has been lights out in October, leading the Indians in strikeouts with 21 in 11.2 innings pitched!

Players Acquired Via Trade (

Injured Players

  • Michael Brantley - October 3, 2008: the Milwaukee Brewers sent Michael Brantley to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier deal made on July 7, 2008. July 7, 2008: The Milwaukee Brewers sent a player to be named later, Rob Bryson (minors), Zach Jackson and Matt LaPorta to the Cleveland Indians for CC Sabathia.
  • Carlos Carrasco - July 29, 2009: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies with Jason Knapp (minors), Jason Donald and Lou Marson to the Cleveland Indians for Ben Francisco and Cliff Lee.

Players Drafted (

Free Agents Signed

  • Jose Ramirez - Amateur Free Agent 2009
  • Mike Napoli - 1 year $7 mil 2016
  • Rajai Davis - 1 year $5 mil 2016
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