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Sizemore, Tanaka, Francona, Wedge - News & Links 1/23/14

Now that we're done waiting for Godot Tanaka, the remaining free agent pitchers can find employment. Also, a new home for Grady Sizemore and ESPN becomes Grindapalooza.

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Remember when Grady Sizemore could do this?
Remember when Grady Sizemore could do this?
Mitchell Layton


Terry Francona audio: Wednesday, Jan. 24 " TribeVibe - Tribe manager Terry Francona is in Cleveland this week for pre-Spring Training meetings, Tribe Fest and various other activities in the community. He met with local reporters on Wednesday to discuss some Tribe-related topics

Francona eyeing in-house candidates to fill rotation | NewsIndians likely to fill rotation from current roster.

Santana starting at third far from set in stone | News - During a sit-down with local media on Wednesday afternoon, Indians manager Terry Francona said that patience is the key to the Santana situation.

Prospect Watch:'s Top 10 outfielders | News - Clint Frazier in Top 10 Outfield prospects list.

View Cleveland Indians' and Cavaliers' sin-tax proposals (and my short analysis) here: Mark Naymik | - The Indians and Cavs do not consider themselves wealthy franchises looking for a handout. The teams showed Tuesday that they have invested millions in the Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena that they were not required to make.

No.1 picks Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin among Cleveland Indians spring-training invitees | -  Of course they're invited, but it's good to make these things formal.

Around the Horn

Masahiro Tanaka signs seven-year, $155 million contract with New York Yankees | News - ICYMI yesterday. Luxury tax reset? Overrated.

Red Sox sign outfielder Grady Sizemore to one-year deal | News - Also, ICYMI yesterday.  The Red Sox and outfielder Grady Sizemore have agreed to a one-year Major League contract Wednesday worth $750,000. The contract could be worth up to $6 million with incentives factored in.

Grady Sizemore Ready To ‘Fit In’ With Boston Red Sox In 2014 | Boston Red Sox | - The view from Boston..

Rays acquire Forsythe in seven-player deal with Padres | News - Utilityman Logan Forsythe highlighted the five players received by the Rays in the quietest seven-player deal ever with the Padres on Wednesday.

Wedge Joins ESPN As Analyst | Indiana's NewsCenter: News, Sports, Weather, Fort Wayne WPTA-TV, WISE-TV, and CW | Sports - Prepare to hear the word "grind" a whole lot more on the sports giant.

Are We Entering the Golden Age of Base-Stealing? | FanGraphs Baseball - Good question.

Five teams badly need one of the three remaining top starters. | : Marc Normandin Article - Now that Masahiro Tanaka has finally chosen a home, the rest of the free agent starters can start to come off the board. But where will Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana end up? There's no shortage of teams who still need pitching help.