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MLB Rumors: Indians Interested in Nolan Reimold

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Plus, Happy TribeFest, everybody

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It's Day One of TribeFest, so lots of players are in town giving  interviews, The Plain Dealer will webcast live beginning at 10 a.m. EST for those who can't make it. If you are headed to TribeFest, please take lots of pictures and create a FanPost telling us all about it.  But first -

Indians showing interest in Nolan Reimold | HardballTalk - The Indians are considering bringing Nolan Reimold on board. Reimold is a right-handed batter with some pop, but has missed a lot of time for injuries. Signing him would crowd the outfield even more.

TribeFest

What you need to know about Tribe Fest | FOX Sports - The third annual Tribe Fest, presented by KeyBank, takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Progressive Field.

Friday recap in Tweets: Children’s hospitals, #TribeFest VIP and more! " TribeVibe - Busy day around here: Tribe players visited Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and  UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, then took part in our Tribe Fest VIP events for our Season Ticket Holders.

Other Tribe Related News

Brandon Moss puts Oakland A's behind him and concentrates on Cleveland Indians | cleveland.com - New outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss has been running for the last week and a half and says his surgically-repaired right hip is responding well.

Cleveland Indians minor leaguer Duke von Schamann suspended for 50 games | cleveland.com - MLB suspends Indians minor leaguer for 50 games without pay for second violation of drug policy.

Cleveland Indians announce 2015 Akron RubberDucks Field Staff - Hudson Hub-Times | Hudson & Summit County, OH - Most staff returning, including manager David Wallace.

Brantley believes Indians are contenders - Outfielder Michael Brantley believes the Indians are contenders in the American League Central Division.

Swisher healthy and ready for the 2015 season | FOX Sports - After experiencing the most humbling and frustrating season of his career, Nick Swisher looks like he has come through everything in a better state of health and mind.

Swisher free of negative thoughts heading into '15 | indians.com - Nick Swisher says he has done a lot of soul searching this offseason. After a pair of knee surgeries in August, there was little else for the Indians veteran to do than think about everything that went wrong last year and how he can change things going forward.

So long, Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks, Hopeful Mr. Cub, Dies at 83; His Mantra Was ‘Let’s Play 2’ - NYTimes.com - Banks hit 512 home runs in 19 seasons and won consecutive M.V.P. awards, but he never reached the postseason.

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passes away at 83. | SportsonEarth.com : Phil Rogers Article - A power-hitting shortstop ahead of his time, Ernie Banks won back-to-back MVP awards in 1958 and '59, staking a lasting claim as arguably the greatest player in the Cubs' history. Banks died at age 83 on Friday.

Around the Horn

Identifying the most- and least-shiftable teams | FOX Sports - There's a reason teams apply the shift to the Indians.

Sean Doolittle has a "slight" rotator cuff tear, won’t be ready for Opening Day | HardballTalkAthletics' closer Sean Doolittle isn't expected to be ready for Opening Day due to a shoulder injury.

Cubs, Dexter Fowler avoid arbitration for $9.5 million | HardballTalk - Fowler requested $10.8 million and the Cubs countered at $8.5 million.

The Marlins to sign Ichiro Suzuki | HardballTalk - It has been long-rumored, now it appears to be happening. At leadt he won't have to punch himself.

Ryan Vogelsong re-signs with Giants after flirting with Astros | HardballTalk - Vogelsong has been with the Giants since 2011, turning his career around in San Francisco, and made it very clear as soon as the offseason began that he wanted to re-sign.