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Indians Rumors: Casey Blake; Jorge Soler, Drafting, Roster Projection

Here's the latest out of Cleveland, where even the sitcoms built around celebrating it fade and die in terrible loneliness:

  • Winter meetings moves won't shift Cleveland Indians' 2012 reliance on young talent - Paul Hoynes
    "The Indians do have money left to spend, but it's not enough to sign a free agent who would make an impact on the offense, their big area of need. So forget first basemen Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. Second-rung free agents such as Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Pena and Derrek Lee are probably out as well." << show me a baseball fan that doesn't get queasy at (true) statements like this and I'll show you a baseball fan that doesn't understand suffering.
  • Cleveland Indians interested in free agent Casey Blake - cleveland.com
    "Blake was the Indians regular third baseman from 2003 until he was traded to the Dodgers for Carlos Santana in 2008. The Indians see Blake, 38, as a role player who could help out at third, first and in right and left field. Blake's right-handed bat could help to balance the Tribe's left-handed heavy lineup."

  • Indiand Think They'll Get Better Because They're Still Playing - Terry Pluto
    "Travis Hafner is the only Indian older than 30 expected to be a regular in 2012. (Grady Sizemore is 29, but his knees are seemingly a lot older.) The Indians expect the offense to improve because some key players have gained experience." << the ol' "they'll get better because they have experience despite all evidence that experience doesn't change talent level" theory.