Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 12/10/13
Asdrubal Cabrera has been amongst Major League Baseball’s most productive shortstops. It appears history might repeat itself with the Cleveland Indians. The Cleveland Indians are in an interesting position. Less than 12 months ago, they were perceived to be the laughing stock of an emerging American League Central division. Terry Francona and Nick Swisher were brought in to instill leadership and guidance to a squad that has lacked both qualities since the days of Cliff Lee and C.C. Sabathia (two men, who after carrying the franchise on the backs of consecutive 200+ inning seasons with sub 3 ERAs, were dealt for prospects). Michael Bourn was signed to a reasonable contract, given the production from the previous year, and was to provide gold glove defense, and speed on the base paths to take pressure of Jason Kipnis. Never, did anybody imagine, executives and analysts alike, peg the lowly Cleveland Indians to compete for the divisional crown, and secure a Wild-Card playoff spot. Ma...
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