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The End of the Matt LaPorta Era? (News and Notes 11/12/13)

Matt LaPorta, minor league free agent, is not how we thought this would all play out.

The end of an era that never really began
The end of an era that never really began
Rick Yeatts

Tribe-related news

Who will replace Ubaldo Jimenez in Cleveland Indians' starting rotation? | - Now that Ubaldo Jimenez has declined the Indians qualifying offer, who will take his spot the starting rotation?

Matt LaPorta's career with Cleveland Indians could be over | cleveland.comMatt LaPorta, the key to the CC Sabathia deal in 2008, recently became a minor league free agent and the Indians seem reluctant to resign him.

Bernie Pleskoff: Indians prospect Naquin has top-of-order ability | News - Indians No. 5 prospect Tyler Naquin has a number of above-average tools that serve as the framework for his future. The left-handed-hitting 22-year-old's short, compact swing lends itself very well to him becoming a top-of-the-order table setter and rally starter.

By leading Indians to playoffs, Terry Francona vying for American League Manager of the Year | News - Skipper Terry Francona guided the Indians through some rough patches to capture the American League's top Wild Card spot in 2013, and earn a place among the finalists for the AL's Manager of the Year Award.

Around the Leagues

The Week Ahead: GM Meetings, BBWAA awards on tap | News - If you're a baseball fan and depressed because the World Series is over and there are still around 100 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, well, don't worry. There's plenty going on.

Clayton Kershaw deserves MVP consideration. | : Paul Boye ArticleClayton Kershaw is going to run away with the NL Cy Young Award, and rightfully so, but he won't even be in the mix for the MVP. It's a missed opportunity for the electorate to honor a pitcher who was clearly as important as anyone else in the success of his team.

For many fans, the Braves' move isn't a good thing. | : Robert Weintraub Article - The Braves will be moving to a new stadium they plan to build in suburban Cobb County for the 2017 season. While the team has its reasons for seeking new revenue and courting its suburban fans, this is still a blow for fans in the city.

Masahiro Tanaka is the best pitcher available. | : Jack Moore ArticleMasahiro Tanaka, who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in Japan's Pacific League this year, looks to be the best pitcher available this offseason, even given his sure-to-be record-setting posting fee -- above even Yu Darvish's $51.7 million.