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Will the Indians try to sign Corey Kluber to a long-term deal?

Plus, more reflections on the Terry Francona extension

A handshake we hope to see for many years to come
A handshake we hope to see for many years to come
Jason Miller

Awards season is the first jolt of excitement after the World Series. Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes have already taken home some hardware, and there may be more to come. Here's what else is going on around baseball:

Indians news & notes

Brantley and Gomes named Silver Sluggers | - It's the first time since Grady Sizemore in 2008 that an Indians outfielder has won, and the first time more than one Tribe player have won since Manny Ramirez and Roberto Alomar in 2000. Congrats to Gomie and Dr. Smooth.

Hey Hoynsie! Will the indians try to lock up Klubot? | - The always entertaining Paul Hoynes mail baggers ask about the probability of signing Corey Kluber to a long-term deal. Hoynsie, to his credit, gives a pretty well-reasoned and thoughtful response outlining the risks and possible rewards.

Terry Francona's impact | Indians Baseball Insider - IBI reflects on the recent extension to Tito's contract and what it means for the future of the team. Writer Graydon Fox does a nice job discussing the "intangibles" that Tito brings to the table, but some people on here may disagree.

Francona extension demonstrates mutual desire for success | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? - DTTWLN's Laurel Wilder has her own take on the Francona extension, hitting some of the same notes but focusing on Francona and the FO's mutual commitment to winning baseball.

From Bell's Palsy to the big leagues | Wahoo's On First - A nice little profile of Tribe backup catcher Roberto Perez, a dude you can't help but root for. I hope he sticks around for a while, and it seems like he has the tools to do so.

Tidbits from around MLB

The important A-Rod questions | Sports On Earth - Alex Rodriguez' PED suspension is over. So what now? Can the dude still play? Richard Justice asks this question and several more!

Rays announce eight managerial candidates | CBS Sports - Possible replacements for St. Maddon include LGFT Manny Acta and current Tribe coach Kevin Cash.

How good were the Royals in 2014? | Fangraphs - FG asks the important questions, and comes to a conclusion that all o us knew deep down in our hearts. I like the Tribe's chances in 2015.

Cuban Missile in high demand | CBS Chicago - Several teams are showing interest in Alexei Ramirez. I don't think he's all that great, but I'd be pretty happy to see him somewhere outside the AL Central. Now if only we could get the Sox to shop Jose Abreu.

Phillies eyeing Yasmani Tomas | CBS Sports - Speaking of Cuban ballplayers... The Phillies have a bit of extra payroll thanks to A.J. Burnett turning down his option, so naturally they plan to pursue an international (potential) superstar expected to command a contract worth at least $100 million.

Sandoval looking for six-year contract | Hardball Talk - Everyone's favorite tubby third baseman is shooting for the stars after shooting down the Giants' qualifying offer. God help the team that gives him that contract. Unless that team is in New York or Boston.