Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 2/7/13
The Indians had one of their busiest offseasons in recent memory. But are they better? The players think so. The manager thinks so. The front office thinks so. Are they better enough to overcome Detroit, which welcomes Victor Martinez back and adds Torii Hunter to a team that won 88 games and reached the World Series? Not on paper, by any stretch of the imagination. But with spring training less than a week away, are they better enough to challenge for a wild card? It depends. Part of the beauty of baseball, though, is that every team has the right to be optimistic in the spring. The Indians have some justification for that feeling because of their offseason, when they traded Shin-Soo Choo for bullpen depth and a young starting pitcher with great potential. They added a big bat at first base, albeit with a ton of strikeouts. They added a manger with World Series rings and experience who wants to be in Cleveland. They have a left fielder, a position that the past couple years seemed ...
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