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MLB Preview 2011: Ranking the AL Central’s Starting Rotations (2.28.11)

A good starting rotation can cure many ills, and with the AL Central up for grabs like it normally is, whoever assembles the strongest rotation could easily take the division come September. There is some real pitching talent in the division, but we’ve also lost three of the last four AL Cy Young Award winners (CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Zack Greinke).

At the end of the year, whichever rotation fares best will probably get a chance to strut their stuff in the postseason. With that, let’s take a look at how the AL Central’s rotations stand up to each other. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, February 28, 2011

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MLB Spring Training: Cleveland Indians Make Same Mistake With Orlando Cabrera (2.21.11)

The official web site of the Cleveland Indians has Orlando Cabrera listed as the starting second baseman for the club. This confirms what has been suspected since the signing was announced last week.

For the most part, reaction to the signing has been positive. All I’m hearing about is how great a player Cabrera is and how he’s a big addition to the 2011 team. Did you know he’s been to the playoffs six of the last seven years? I’ve heard about it ad infinitum.

I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I really don’t see the purpose of this signing. All I see is the Indians once again refusing to just embrace the youth movement they’re trying to sell to the public. How are we supposed to believe in it when even the people in charge don’t? Read More…

From Bleacher Report, February 21, 2011

 
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NBA: How To Rebuild The Cleveland Cavaliers Without LeBron James (2.15.11)

We all know how bad the Cleveland Cavaliers have been since LeBron James left.

They’ve gone from the best record in the league to the worst, set the record for the longest losing streak in NBA history and have generally become the doormat of the league.

There’s no point wishing for the past, though.  The Cavaliers need to look to the future and rebuild the team in as secure a fashion as possible.  The team won’t win this year, so we must look forward to 2011-2012 and beyond for when the Cavs will be competitive again.

All of these moves I will outline point toward the goal of winning in the future.  This season (and probably next season as well) is lost.  The Cavaliers will not be winning a NBA Championship anytime soon.  What they can do now is build a young, exciting team (ala the Oklahoma City Thunder) that will compete for years to come. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, February 15, 2011

 
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MLB Free Agency: Why Jeremy Bonderman Doesn’t Fit the 2011 Cleveland Indians (2.7.11)

There have been plenty rumors about the Cleveland Indians and their attempts to sign free-agent pitcher Jeremy Bonderman. I’m here to say that I’m not on board with the idea.

In all honesty, 2011 probably won’t be the Tribe’s year. The team is very young and still a couple of pieces away from competing. While most Indians fans will embrace hope and optimism for a while, the Tribe is still rebuilding.

This is supposed to be another year of Cleveland’s youth movement. This year should be spent sifting through the many young players the Indians have, figuring out who can and can’t play at the major league level.

My question is: Where does Jeremy Bonderman fit into this? Read More…

From Bleacher Report, February 7, 2011

 
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Cleveland Indians: What If The Tribe Had An Unlimited Budget? (2.1.11)

After only 65 and 69 wins in the past two years, it’s not a stretch to say that the Indians have not had the best players in the majors of late. Watching some recent members of the Tribe play only reinforces that point. It’s easy to forget the level of talent the Indians used to have on their roster.

With that, I present to you a roster of the top ex-Indians for the 2011 season. I’ve ranked them as to how much they are worth to a team this year, not on career achievements (for example, Franklin Gutierrez is better than Manny Ramirez). This roster is what the 2011 Indians could have looked like if the Tribe had an unlimited budget and re-signed all of these players.

(Note: In order to calculate the 2011 worth of these players, I took their last three season’s wins above replacement (WAR) and averaged them. It’s crude, I know, but it does give a decent idea of what to expect.) Read More…

From Bleacher Report, February 1, 2011

 
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