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Jose Ramirez had his option picked up by the Cleveland Indians for the 2022 season. The option will pay Ramirez $12 million. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Indians picking up the option on Ramirez is quite the bargain for the club. Ramirez had an outstanding 2021 season with the Indians, finishing with a .266 batting average, 32 doubles, 36 home runs, 111 runs scored, and 103 runs batted in.


Cleveland right-hander Emmanuel Clase threw a scoreless ninth inning in a 6-0 win over Texas on Sunday. He struck out one in the frame.

Fantasy Impact: Clase wrapped up the final inning of the 2021 season for Cleveland. He turned in an excellent first year as the team's closer, posting a 4-5 record, 1.29 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 24 saves, and 74 strikeouts over 69 2/3 innings of work.

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Cleveland outfielder Myles Straw went 1-for-5 with a run and a steal in a 6-0 win over Texas on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Straw picked up his 30th steal on the final day of the regular season. The veteran outfielder hit .271 with four homers, 86 runs, and 48 RBI over 564 at-bats in 2021. He should be manning center field for Cleveland to open the 2022 season.

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Yu Chang homers Sunday

Mon, Oct 4th 5:41am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Cleveland infielder Yu Chang went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 6-0 win over the Rangers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Chang finishes the season with a .228 average, nine homers, 32 runs, 39 RBI, and a steal over 237 at-bats. He's likely to return to a utility-man role for Cleveland in 2022.

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Cleveland outfielder Bradley Zimmer went 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI, and two steals in a 6-0 win over the Rangers in Sunday's season finale.

Fantasy Impact: Zimmer finishes the season with a .227 average, eight homers, 44 runs, 35 RBI, and 15 steals over 299 at-bats. He is eligible for arbitration this offseason as he tries to earn an everyday role in the outfield heading into 2022.

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Cleveland right-hander Aaron Civale threw six scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over Texas on Sunday. Civale struck out four and walked one in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Civale finishes out the 2021 season on a high note after missing over two months with a strained middle finger. The right-hander ended up with a 12-5 record, 3.84 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 99 strikeouts over 124 1/3 innings of work.

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Cleveland right-hander Triston McKenzie allowed four runs over four innings in a 7-2 loss to the Rangers on Saturday. He struck out two and walked four.

Fantasy Impact: McKenzie ends his up-and-down season on a down note. The young hurler started the season poorly but strung together an excellent stretch of starts in August and early September. His final three starts of September weren't great, however, as he allowed 14 runs over 10 2/3 innings in that span. Overall, McKenzie ends up with a 5-9 record, 4.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 136 strikeouts in 120 innings. He will be a polarizing name in fantasy drafts in 2022.

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Cleveland right-hander Eli Morgan allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings of work in a 9-6 win over Texas on Friday. Morgan struck out two in the win.

Fantasy Impact: Morgan gave up two homers but still managed to pick up the win. He finishes his 2021 campaign with a 5-7 record, 5.34 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts over 89 1/3 innings of work.

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Cleveland second baseman Andres Gimenez went 1-for-3 with a run and a steal in a 9-6 win over the Rangers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Gimenez picked up his 11th steal in the win. The infielder is hitting .220 with five homers, 23 runs, and 16 RBI as his first season with Cleveland nears an end. He has been swinging a hot bat of late, hitting .412 over his last seven games.

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Austin Hedges homers

Sat, Oct 2nd 7:17am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Cleveland catcher Austin Hedges went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 9-6 win over the Rangers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Hedges hit a solo homer in the third inning and also came around to score on an Amed Rosario single in the fourth. The backup catcher is hitting .180 with 10 homers, 32 runs, 31 RBI, and a steal over 283 at-bats.

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Cleveland first baseman Bobby Bradley went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 9-6 win over the Rangers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Bradley launched a fourth-inning homer off of Texas starter Spencer Howard, but he struck out in his other four at-bats. Bradley is hitting .211 with 16 homers, 36 runs, and 41 RBI but has struck out 97 times in 242 at-bats.

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Amed Rosario scores twice

Sat, Oct 2nd 7:13am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Cleveland shortstop Amed Rosario went 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs, and an RBI in a 9-6 win over the Rangers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Rosario drove in a run with a single in the fourth inning. The veteran infielder is batting .282 with 11 homers, 76 runs, 56 RBI, and 12 steals over 546 at-bats.

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Cleveland outfielder Oscar Mercado went 1-for-2 with a double, two runs, an RBI, a walk, and a steal in a 6-1 win over the Royals on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Mercado picked up an RBI double in the third inning. The veteran outfielder is hitting .221 with 10 doubles, six homers, 27 runs, 18 RBI, and seven steals on the year.

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Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber allowed one run in three innings in a 6-1 win over the Royals on Thursday. Bieber struck out one and scattered four hits.

Fantasy Impact: Bieber was making just his second start since returning from the IL. He finishes his 2021 campaign with a 7-4 record, 3.17 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts over 96 2/3 innings of work. He will be a top fantasy pitcher once again in 2022.

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Cleveland DH Franmil Reyes went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run in a 10-5 loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes singled in the fifth inning and came around to score on a Yu Chang double. Reyes is hitting .255 with 30 homers, 56 runs, 84 RBI, and four steals in 2021.

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Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed five runs over six innings in a 10-5 loss to the Royals on Wednesday. Plesac struck out two and walked three in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Plesac allowed a three-run homer to Salvador Perez in the first inning but was able to calm down a bit after that. The right-hander took a step back in 2021, finishing with a 10-6 record, 4.67 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts over 142 2/3 innings of work.

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Cleveland right-hander Cal Quantrill was solid in an 8-3 win over the Royals on Monday. Quantrill allowed three runs over six innings while striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: Quantrill has been impressive over the second half of the season. He now has an 8-1 record and a 2.11 ERA over his past 15 starts. Quantrill will take on the Rangers on the final day of the regular season.

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Cleveland outfielder Harold Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 5-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez took Chicago reliever Craig Kimbrel deep in the eighth inning. The veteran outfielder is hitting .267 with seven homers, 33 runs, 38 RBI, and three steals in 318 at-bats this year.

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Cleveland infielder Ernie Clement went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in a 4-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Clement took Kansas City starter Daniel Lynch deep in the second inning for a solo shot. The rookie infielder is hitting .227 with three homers, 16 runs, and nine RBI in 119 at-bats in 2021.

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Cleveland right-hander Nick Wittgren allowed two runs in 2/3 of an inning in a 4-2 loss to the Royals in the second game of a Monday doubleheader. He walked three and gave up one hit.

Fantasy Impact: Wittgren served as Cleveland's opener in the loss, but he struggled with his control, throwing just 14 of 30 pitches for strikes. Wittgren now has a 2-8 record, 5.05 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, one save, and 58 strikeouts over 57 innings of work.

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