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Hey, Hoynsie: Where does Amed Rosario fit on the Indians roster? — Liam Jones, Youngstown.
Hey, Liam: Well, right now he’s doing a little of this and a little of that. He came to camp as a shortstop, got moved to center field and now he’s bouncing between the two positions. The feeling is he’ll eventually become a decent center fielder, but it’s going to take time. I think we’ll see him play shortstop against some tough lefties.
He had a pinch-hit single and scored in Thursday’s opener against the Tigers. The Indians need to get his bat in the lineup as much as possible.
Hey, Hoynsie: What is the Tribe’s opening day record since you’ve been covering the team? — Tom, Mt Vernon.
Hey, Tom: I burned out a couple of calculators trying to figure this out. Since I started covering the Indians in 1983, they’re 16-23 in season openers. So it looks like I’ve been the problem all along.
Hey, Hoynsie: Looking at Francisco Lindor’s new contract, how much does the agent get, and when does he get paid? Each year or all up front? — Spence, Canton.
From Spence: The NFL and NBA limit agents commission on a player’s contract to 3%. There is no limit in MLB. Usually an agent’s commission is between 4% and 10%. On endorsement deals, the agent can get between 10% and 20%.
Lindor just signed a 10-year, $341 million deal with the Mets. He wanted $341 to make him the highest paid shortstop in history. Fernando Tatis recently signed a 14-year, $340 million contract with the Padres. Not sure how David Meter, Lindor’s agent, gets paid, but I imagine he’s doing OK.
Hey, Hoynsie: I’ve recently relocated from Cleveland to Arizona, and yes, I miss going to Progressive Field more than I can say. So, now that the team has gone back to Cleveland, I understand the Goodyear training complex has its own schedule. Who is doing what and is it open to the public? — Greg Benedetto, Cottonwood, Arizona.
Hey, Greg: Fans weren’t allowed to watch practices when the big league club was working out at the complex in Goodyear this spring because of coronavirus protocols. I would imagine it would be the same for the minor leaguers. They will spend most of April there preparing, hopefully, for their Class AA and Class A seasons.
The Indians will keep at least one team at their complex when the Class AA and Class A teams break camp in May to start their seasons. Perhaps the protocols will be loosened enough by them so you can attend some of those games.
The Indians have another group of minor leaguers at their alternate camp in Columbus. They are scheduled to start playing games on Monday. The Class AAA team will emerge from that camp.
Hey, Hoynsie: Aside from some pitching, do the Indians have a poor minor-league system? They once had promising position player talent that we anticipated would make a difference at the big leagues with players such as Lindor, Manny Ramirez, Albert Belle and Jim Thome. Who are the players in the farm system who could help in Cleveland? — David Seed, Shaker Heights
Hey, David: The Indians have pumped a lot of talent into the system with the trades of Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger and Lindor. They’ve also developed their own talent in players such as Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale, Triston McKenzie and James Karinchak. This spring was a coming out party for minor-league infielders Tyler Freeman, Owen Miller, Gabriel Arias and Ernie Clement. Freeman and Miller were so impressive that they stayed with the big-league team until they broke camp on Tuesday.
There’s a big gap in seasons between Lindor and the other position players you mentioned — Ramirez, Belle and Thome. But the Indians have talent coming, position players and pitchers. Their farm system is well thought of throughout the big leagues.
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