October 6, 2012 marked the beginning of a historical offseason for the Cleveland Indians—perhaps one of the most significant in the organization's history. On that day back in October, the Indians announced the hiring of future Hall of Famer Terry Francona as their new manager.
The announcement of Francona's four-year contract with the Tribe was just the tip of the iceberg as the Indians front office began to roll up its sleeves and attack the 2012-13 offseason like most fans in Cleveland have never seen before.
After the the 2012 season was complete, the Tribe had hit an organizational all-time low—losing at least 90 games in three of the past four seasons. They haven't had a winning season since 2007.
Could one offseason really make a difference? Are the Indians ready to compete for the entire season, or will they simply fade back into the AL Central's cellar come July?