Robinson Tejeda, Grady Sizemore and Other Big Cleveland Indians Offseason Moves

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Robinson Tejeda, Grady Sizemore and Other Big Cleveland Indians Offseason Moves
Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians signed Robinson Tejeda to add another arm to the already solid Tribe bullpen.

Big whoop.

There’s got to be a misprint, right? They must have signed Carlos Pena or Derek Lee, right?  Hell, I'll take Casey Kotchman right now.

During the meetings, the Indians' general manager Chris Antonetti hinted at a big deal in the works.

Indeed—before, during and after the winter meetings in Dallas, major league baseball teams made huge, blockbuster free-agent deals.  Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson went to the Angels.  Jose Reyes and Heath Bell signed with the Marlins and Jonathan Papelbon moved to the Phillies.

The Indians also made some moves in the offseasonjust not so huge and not so blockbuster.  The Indians, shackled by a small-market payroll and led by an owner who fans think is cheap, signed some key (ahem) players, made some trades and held on to a fan favorite. 

Let’s take a look at the acquisitions and moves the Tribe made in order of possible impactfrom lowest impact to highest. I also assigned each move a letter grade.

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