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Tribe News and Notes: August 25, 2012

July 28, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana (41) against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins defeated the Indians 12-5. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
July 28, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana (41) against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins defeated the Indians 12-5. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Sox poised to blow it all up, start anew - BostonHerald.com

I post this to highlight how a big-market club can rebuild - not by trading good players for prospects, but by trading salaries for nothing. If/when they unload Beckett, Gonzalez, and (most importantly) Crawford, they'll have the abilities to be players on the free agent market for anyone out there, take on someone else's salary problems, etc.

The Indians are in pretty good shape salary-wise after the season. Travis Hafner's contract will be gone, and they have relatively affordable options on Jimenez and Hernandez (if they decline them, it won't be because of salary), but because their payroll ceiling is so low, they're not going to sign a Greinke. The Indians are probably going to have $15M or so to play if they pick up the Jimenez/Hernandez options and keep Chris Perez, and one player, no matter how good he is, isn't going to fix this team.

Out for year, Sizemore's future with Tribe uncertain | indians.com: News

I would love to see Sizemore in an Indians uniform once again, but the only way bringing him back works is if it's under a minor-league contract. Health issues aside, he hasn't hit against in-game pitching for over a year now.