Cleveland Indians: What If The Tribe Had An Unlimited Budget?

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Cleveland Indians: What If The Tribe Had An Unlimited Budget?
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CC Sabathia headlines the list of former Indians players.

After only 65 and 69 wins in the past two years, it's not a stretch to say that the Indians have not had the best players in the majors of late. Watching some recent members of the Tribe play only reinforces that point. It's easy to forget the level of talent the Indians used to have on their roster.

With that, I present to you a roster of the top ex-Indians for the 2011 season. I've ranked them as to how much they are worth to a team this year, not on career achievements (for example, Franklin Gutierrez is better than Manny Ramirez). This roster is what the 2011 Indians could have looked like if the Tribe had an unlimited budget and re-signed all of these players.

(Note: In order to calculate the 2011 worth of these players, I took their last three season's wins above replacement (WAR) and averaged them. It's crude, I know, but it does give a decent idea of what to expect.)

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