Originally written February 14, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Following the signing of Michael Bourn, the Cleveland Indians are receiving calls from teams interested in outfielders Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs. While the current plan is for Cleveland to retain both players, “folks” suspect Stubbs will be traded, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. With Bourn on board, the Indians are left with four outfielders for three spots, also including Stubbs, Brantley and Nick Swisher. Some have questioned the merit of trading an outfielder, Brantley or Stubbs, to ease this logjam. The Indians could also platoon Brantley and Stubbs in left or right. However, it appears that, at this point, manager Terry Francona is ready to find playing time for all of the players involved. The Indians’ outfield would consist of Stubbs, Brantley and Bourn – with Bourn in center and the others manning the corners – Nick Swisher shifting to first base and Mark Reynolds becoming the team’s regular designated hitter. While this is the current plan, Heyman seems to expect a trade to be completed prior to the start of the regular season. If that were to happen, he’s said that Stubbs has become the odd man out and is now “eminently available.” Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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