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Indians eyeing three sluggers

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The Cleveland Plain-Dealer is reporting that the Indians have their eyes on free agent sluggers Russell Branyan, Jermaine Dye, and Hank Blalock. All three could potentially play first base for the Tribe, or at least split time with prospect Matt LaPorta

Branyan is coming off the best year of his career and still has a fairly high asking price. They may be better off going with Jermaine Dye, a good clubhouse guy who still can swing a fairly good bat. Blalock is coming off his first full season (still missed 500 at-bats) in over two years, and after hitting .201 from the All-Star break, a low-base salary type deal makes some sense. 

The Marlins, Mets, and Orioles all have some interest in landing a first baseman, but sources say everyone is waiting for prices to come down some. The Twins do have an opening at third base, but after adding Orlando Hudson, it is unlikely they will make any more moves.