Tribe ponders potential offseason transactions

Tribe ponders potential offseason transactions

Tribe ponders potential offseason transactions
CLEVELAND -- Once the Indians hire a new manager, the club will have a series of internal transactions to consider.

The team can pick up Ubaldo Jimenez's option for next season for $5.75 million, or buy out the right-hander for $1 million. Roberto Hernandez, who pitched in just three games because of legal troubles and a sprained ankle, has a club option for $6 million. The Indians are not expected to exercise Travis Hafner's $13 million option. They can buy out the designated hitter for $2.75 million.

All team options must be picked up or declined by three days after the conclusion of the World Series. Antonetti said Thursday that the team is still in the process of making those decisions.

"Some of those decisions are more challenging than others," Antonetti said.

Closer Chris Perez and right fielder Shin-Soo Choo have been two of the names most frequently included in trade rumors. The Indians have been unsuccessful in reaching an agreement on an extension with Choo, who has one year remaining on his contract. Perez is expected to earn a sizable raise in his penultimate year of arbitration.

Antonetti said the club will do its due diligence and entertain any trade discussions with other teams, though he warned that every player recently mentioned in trade rumors is still with the team.

"It goes for every player on our roster and every player in our organization," Antonetti said. "We have to be open-minded, and at least engage in a dialogue to understand how other teams value our players."