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Offseason In Review: Cleveland Indians

Next in our Offseason In Review series, the Indians.

Major League Signings

Notable Minor League Signings

Trades and Claims

Notable Losses

Summary

In Mark Shapiro's last offseason as GM, the Indians' winter hammered home the fact that they're in full rebuilding mode.  Free agent spending was limited to a mere $2.85MM for Branyan and Redmond, while the Shoppach trade allows the Tribe to go younger and cheaper with their starting catcher.  Otherwise, it was low-risk tinkering with additions like Duncan, Kearns, and Wright.

The Indians' veteran sell-off began last summer and should continue in 2010.  Shapiro will defer to Chris Antonetti on decisions affecting the club beyond this year, as Antonetti will become GM after the season.  The pair will presumably work to move the team's biggest remaining contracts: Travis Hafner, Jake Westbrook, Kerry Wood, and Jhonny Peralta.  The light at the end of the tunnel: ESPN's Keith Law ranks the Indians' farm system fourth in the game.








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