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Cleveland Indians Sunday News and Notes: Revisiting the Bourn and Swisher signings

News from the Sunday after Christmas (and before New Year's Day).

Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher
Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher
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Indians News

Terry's Talkin' about Cleveland Indians signings of Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher -- Terry Pluto |

With the benefit of hindsight, it's easy to pan the signings of Bourn and Swisher, but as Pluto mentions, there were several good reasons to make those moves. First and foremost, there was nothing in the system as far as outfielders were concerned. Yes, Carlos Moncrief and Tyler Naquin were technically in the system, but two years later haven't made their major-league debuts and probably won't be in the running for any role at the major-league level until at least late in the 2015 season. Plus Shin-Soo Choo would be leaving via free agency after the 2013 campaign, making the outfield situation even worse.

Surviving the 50 Year War of Mediocrity in Cleveland | Did The Tribe Win Last Night?

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the last championship in Cleveland. Bob Toth looks back at what's happened in Cleveland sports since then.

MLB News

Five big-picture takeaways from the 2014 MLB season |

Anthony Castrovince looks at the 2014 MLB season from a long-term perspective.

Phillies reportedly sign Wandy to Minors deal |

This is what passed for a big free agent signing yesterday: a reported minor-league deal. I'm guessing the big signings will resume on Monday.

Today in 'The powers of Derek Jeter': Player using Jeter's locker kicks game-winner in Pinstripe Bowl |

The reason I'm mentioning a college football game? The game between Penn State and Boston College was held in Yankee Stadium. The big kick was actually the field goal to get the game into overtime. The game-winner was a point-after, and it was a game-winner because the Boston College kicker shanked his point-after attempt.