With the Cleveland Indians sitting at home again in October, all thought has turned to who will make the roster for the 2012 season. It's still early, but things will start to take shape over the next months.
Once a month this offseason, in order to pass the long, dreary five months until spring training, I'm going to project the Opening Day roster the Tribe will roll out in 2012. This will obviously involve a ton of guesswork, but subtle things will change from month to month. Aside from free agency, trades and options being picked up or declined, news about whose injuries are or aren't recovering impact what the team will look like next season.
This article will mostly deal with who will and won't be back/starting next year, since it's far too early to tell what the Indians will do in free agency and trades. I will hint toward what I think they might do on some slides, however.
(And note, this slideshow is shortened as much as possible, the opposite of what I did with my end-of-the-season rankings. I promise this one will be far less to digest.)