The Indians didn’t waste any time improving their team in the off season as they traded Andrew Brown and Kevin Kouzmanoff to the Padres for 24 year old second baseman Josh Barfield. It’s amazing that the Padres would give this kid up as he has a very bright future. As a rookie last season he hit .280, scored 72 runs, smacked 13 homers, drove in 58 runs, stole 21 bases and had a .741 OPS. His power numbers will be better with the Indians as Barfield’s home park last season (Petco Park) is one of the biggest fields in the majors. He also is a solid defensive second baseman. He needs to improve his range a little bit but he only made 9 errors in 150 games last season.
28 year old lefty swinging Joe Inglett will battle for the back up job to Barfield this season. Inglett hit .362 in 58 games between AA+AAA last season and then he came up to the Indians and hit .284 in 64 games with the Indians. Inglett showed great range at 2B for the Indians but he made 4 errors in 53 games in the field at 2B and that must improve if he’s going to make the team out of Spring Training.
27 year old Hector Luna is also battling to be a reserve infielder on the Indians. He didn’t play well on defense at 2B as he made 9 errors in 61 games there. He’s a natural shortstop and a decent hitter.
27 year old Luis Rivas last played in the majors in 2005 when he hit .257 in 59 games for the Twins. Over his career, Rivas has played in 565 games and he has a .262 batting average, 78 stolen bases and a .690 OPS. If the Indians are looking for defense off the bench, Rivas is much better than Luna and Inglett.
30 year old Keith Ginter also is in the hunt to win a reserve spot in the Indians infield. He was last seen in the majors in 2005 as he hit .161 in 51 games for the A’s. He has played in 325 games over his career and he has a batting average of .243, with 38 homers, 140 RBIs and a .751 OPS. He’s a long shot to make the team.