The Indians’ future in Cleveland: Relocation questions, ownership status, payroll and more in the spotlight

The Indians’ future in Cleveland: Relocation questions, ownership status, payroll and more in the spotlight

After 120 years on the shores of Lake Erie, the future of Cleveland’s baseball team is at a crossroads. The team’s controversial nickname is about to be retired, payroll has been slashed to its lowest figure in a decade and, most notably, the lease on Progressive Field is set to expire in two years while questions linger about the future ownership of the club.

The looming changes sounded enough alarms that even team employees started to wonder where this was all headed. Finally, the question was posed to owner Paul Dolan over the winter during a regularly scheduled video conference with members of the organization.

What is happening? Is the franchise moving to Nashville? Are our jobs safe? Is the team’s tenure in Cleveland on borrowed time?

Dolan’s answer was resounding: We aren’t leaving.

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