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Mark Reynolds: Cleveland Indians Should Look into Baltimore Orioles 3B (3.27.12)

Even though I can’t believe I’m saying it, the Cleveland Indians should really look into acquiring Mark Reynolds from the Baltimore Orioles as long as it is at the right price.

Reynolds is far from the kind of player I tend to like or gravitate toward. The man has struck out 834 times over the past four seasons—834 times! No one has ever done that in the history of baseball. No one! Reynolds has struck out more than 200 times in a season three times. Only one other player in baseball history—Drew Stubbs—has done it once.

So why would the Indians even want Reynolds? Read More…

From Bleacher Report, March 27, 2012

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Cleveland Indians Roster Battles: 4 Most Intriguing Spring Position Battles (3.18.12)

With the beginning of the baseball season rapidly moving toward us, it makes sense to look at four spring-training battles currently raging with the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians were in contention for most of the 2011 season before fading at the end of the year. Though they did not make many big splashes in the offseason, the Tribe did improve their roster and should be in contention for the AL Central in 2012.

As spring training winds down, the Indians still have four roster spots up for grabs.

Let’s take a look at each of these battles. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, March 18, 2012

 
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MLB Trade Speculation: Gerardo Parra, Chris Young Fit with Cleveland Indians (3.15.12)

Even though the price may be too steep, the Cleveland Indians should try to trade for one of the two Arizona Diamondbacks outfielders currently on the market, Gerardo Parra or Chris Young.

Despite all of Cleveland collectively hoping and praying that Grady Sizemore’s body would not break down on him again this season, he’s already out until at least early May. I do still have hope that Sizemore will add some value to the team upon his return to the lineup, but he certainly is not starting 2012 off on the right foot.

More than likely, the Indians will fill the hole created by Sizemore’s absence internally. I’ve already argued that Shelley Duncan could be deserving of a look in left field(with Michael Brantley, a breakout candidate in his own right, moving to center field), but the Tribe could get creative and make a trade.

If the Indians are going to make a trade for an outfielder, they should call the Diamondbacks about Gerardo Parra and Chris Young. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, March 15, 2012

 
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Cleveland Indians: Projecting the 2012 Opening Day Roster, March Edition (3.14.12)

With Opening Day only 22 days away, the picture of who will and won’t make the Cleveland Indians‘ roster is starting to become clearer and clearer.

This will be the final time I will be predicting who will be making the Opening Day roster. I’ve already done it in OctoberNovemberDecemberJanuary andFebruary, but things have still changed in the last month. Grady Sizemore is hurt (no shock there) and the battle for some of the roster spots is heating up.

So let’s take one last look at the possible 25-man roster the Tribe could have running out against the Blue Jays on April 5 at Progressive Field. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, March 14, 2012

 
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The five most important Akron Aeros’ in 2012 (3.13.12)

Even though the Cleveland Indians have a lack of top-end talent in the upper levels of their minor league system, the performances of five players currently ticketed for the AA level Akron Aeros will be very important to the Tribe’s success in 2012 and beyond.

Saying most of the real talent of the Indians’ minor league system is in the lower levels is an understatement. Of IPI’s Top 20 prospects, only eight are currently slated to be above A-ball at the start of the 2012 season (to find out exactly who they are, buy the book!). Even worse for the Akron Aeros, most of those eight are above the AA level. Only two players in IPI’s Top 20 are expected to start the year in Akron, leaving fans of the Aeros without much impressive, top talent to go see this season.

That said, the Indians will need some of the players at Akron to succeed at a high level for the overall health of the system. Here are the five most important Aeros for the 2012 season. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, March 13, 2012

 
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