Indians general manager Chris Antonetti sat down with a group of local media Friday before he headed for the MLB Winter Meetings in Orlando that kick off Monday. He touched on a variety of subjects related to the team, including commenting on struggling third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco.
* The left-handed hitting Chisenhall, 25, has batted .244 in parts of the last three seasons for the Indians, including owning just a .194 average against left-handed pitchers. His offensive struggles are one of the main reasons catcher Carlos Santana is trying his hand at the hot corner in winter ball
“He has a ton of ability,” Antonetti said of the Tribe’s 2008 first-round (29th overall) selection. “That’s clear, that’s been evident. He needs to work to figure out a way to become a consistent major league player. I have no doubt that if Lonnie puts in the work offensively, defensively and with conditioning, he’ll be a really good player.”
* Antonetti said the right hander will make the Indians roster in 2014 regardless of how well he performs in spring simply due to “being out of options.” However, Antonetti also said the spring would be used to determine whether the embattled 26-year old’s role will be as a starter or a reliever.