So I was trying to start this preview off by harkening back to the last glory days of Cleveland in the mid 90′s so I searched for “Indians team picture 1997″, and this was one of the top results with no team picture in sight. I guess it is pretty fitting seeing as how this is a preview of a Cleveland sports team. Well the Indians never could turn that talent in the mid 90s into a championship and haven’t come close since. There has been some serious talent come through Cleveland during that time including Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia, Grady Sizemore (pre-injury), Bart Colon, Victor Martinez, Brandon Pihillips, etc. I’m sure that lists grates at Cleveland fans thinking about what might have been. Well Cleveland spent the off season trying to fill the talent gap again and they’ve done a pretty good job at doing so.
So what did they do?
Major Off-Season Moves:
Signed OF Michael Bourn
Signed OF/DH Nick Swisher
Acquired OF Drew Stubbs via trade from Reds