Friday, February 22, 2008

'08 RAPs: Cleveland Indians

Last year the Indians won the tough AL Central Division and knocked off the Yankees in the ALDS. That has seemingly given them a sense of security going into 2008 that has kept them from being overly active this offseason.

Here are the Indians' offseason moves:

Signed pitcher Masahide Kobayashi to a two-year contract with a club option for 2010. Acquired infielder Jamey Carroll from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named.
Signed pitchers Brendan Donnelly, Jorge Julio, and Scott Elarton to minor league contracts.
Exercised the 2008 contract options on pitchers Joe Borowski, Paul Byrd and Aaron Fultz.

Here's the team outlook:

Pitching Staff:
SP1: C.C. Sabathia
SP2: Fausto Carmona
SP3: Paul Byrd
SP4: Jake Westbrook
SP5: Aaron Laffey
CL: Joe Borowski
SUM: Rafeal Betancourt

DH: Travis Hafner
C: Victor Martinez
1B: Ryan Garko
2B: Asdrubal Cabrera/ Jamey Carroll
SS: Jhonny Peralta
3B: Casey Blake
LF: Davi Dellucci/Jason Micheals/Franklin Gutierrez
CF: Grady Sizemore
RF: Franklin Gutierrez/Jason Micheals

Easiest- The Indians will not win the division again.
Boldest- Fausto Carmona will post an ERA above 4.50, possibly above 5.50.
Team MVP/Best Hitter- Grady Sizemore

Best Season- C.C. Sabathia (8-11 wins, sub 3.25 ERA; traded around the deadline)
Breakout Player- Adam Miller (5-6 wins, sub 2.50 ERA in August and September)

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