Before coming to Cleveland, Abraham Almonte had gone through a below average career with some below average teams (Seattle Mariners in 2013, Seattle and the San Diego Padres in 2014, San Diego and Cleveland in 2015). After being moved to Cleveland in exchange for lefty swingman Marc Rzepczynski, Almonte impressed in Cleveland by hitting .264 with 5 HR, 20 RBI, and 6 steals. However, not only was this a small sample size, but Almonte was suspended in February of 2016 for violating baseball's joint drug and prevention program and it seemed as if Almonte's impact was maybe something Cleveland would move on without. However, after being activated in July, Almonte has made some key impact for a team trying to win the AL Central.
Due to the 80 game suspension Almonte served, he will be ineligible for the MLB playoffs should Cleveland make it to that point, but he is currently doing all he can to ensure his team reaches that goal.
"There's nothing I can do about that, I've never been to the postseason. So it won't be good if we make it because I won't be playing, but if we win that will be good. I just want to help my teammates have the opportunity to experience being in the playoffs." - Almonte on playoff ineligibility.
While many fans have complained and argued, "If he can't play in October, why play him now?', but he has continued to play well and do his part. Cleveland is currently in the middle of a crucial four game set with the Texas Rangers, and while the series has not gone well the Indians lone win so far was aided by a 3-5 4 RBI night from Almonte. Almonte has also hit .302 since the All-star break, and has also masked the second half struggles of Rajai Davis (.237 since the break).