Francona discusses recent trade, off-season forecast on PD Sports Insider

Indians Manager Terry Francona was the special guest on this afternoon’s episode of the PD Sports Insider on Cleveland.com.  Francona joined hosts Bud Shaw and Dennis Manoloff from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Glenn Moore of Cleveland.com to discuss a range of questions surrounding the club.

With off-season activity gearing up, Francona spoke at length about the outlook for the club’s winter, and what the club hopes to accomplish heading into next season. He also offered his take on the recent trade with the Blue Jays which sent reliever Esmil Rogers to Toronto for infielder Mike Aviles and catcher Yan Gomes.

“You hate to give up any pitching arms, but to get good players [sometimes] you have to do that,” Francona said on the show. “Toronto really regarded Esmil Rogers highly, and we get back a guy in Mike Aviles that can play Second, Third  and Short, and probably left and right. He’s a guy who can play everyday, or he can move all over the diamond. He gives you a guy with great baseball acumen. He loves to compete – whether he’s in the lineup or on the bench – he’ll always bring something positive to a team. He’s got a little edge to him, which is good.”

Francona also offered his take on Gomes, 25, who hit .328 with 13HR and 59 RBI in 79 games at AAA last year.

“Yan Gomes is a guy that can play the corners and can catch,” said Francona. “He probably got caught up in an organization that had a lot of catching, which not too many teams can say. So again, we had a chance to bring in two good players for one, and where we are situation right now, I thought it made sense.”

The full interview is available on Cleveland.com: Watch Here

– TribeVibe contributor Max Lom

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