Cleveland Indians Now, Where We Wish They Could Be, Where They Will Be In 2011

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Throughout the off-season, when teams make trades and sign free agents to improve their ballclubs the Cleveland Indians signed only Austin Kearns to a major league deal. After a near-last place finish there have been no major improvements. So what are they really trying to do? What is the plan? What are the Indians trying to do to go back to the playoffs? There is a plan. But this plan is filled with potholes, unanticipated slumps and delays, and no backup plan. If the plan works the Indians can possibly win the division. What if the plan does not work? The lack of a backup plan makes it an extremely risky gamble. It is a gamble so risky that if the right pieces do not play the way the Indians need them to play (i.e. Matt LaPorta, Justin Masterson, Carlos Santana) then the Indians could have a farm system so empty that they could be in the American League Central cellar for many, many years. So let’s take a look at where the Cleveland Indians are now position by position. Then I will give you the dream of where they will be and then the reality of where they will be by the end of the 2011 season.

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