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Examining the Cleveland Indians recent moves and shaky outfield situation

A starting outfielder?

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Let's make it a terrific Tuesday . . .

Indians sign reliever Tom Gorzelanny to minor league deal (Lyons)

Gozelanny is a 33-year-old left-handed pitcher who owns a career 4.34 ERA.  From LGT's Matt Lyons:

This is the second lefty specialist the Indian shave signed in the past week as they attempt to even out their bullpen, which currently lacks a dominant southpaw. Last Thursday, the Indians also agreed to a minor league deal with Joe Thatcher. Both signings were made official today.

With the additions of Gorzelanny and Thatcher, the Indians will have a legitimate battle coming out of Spring Training to take the place of ex-Indians reliever Nick Hagadone, who recently joined the Milwaukee Brewers organization with a minor league contract. Unless the Tribe makes some kind of trade or other signing, one of these two should make the roster out of Spring Training to shore up the bullpen.

Tribe awakens to make some key moves (Bastian)

The Indians reporter takes a detailed look at the recent additions and subtractions made by the club.  On the whole, he's a supporter of most of the moves.

Can the Indians win with their current outfielders (Meisel)

Here's looking at all of you who aren't necessarily pleased with the current Tribe outfield situation.  Meisel details strengths and weaknesses and truth be told, there's plenty of weaknesses to go around.  From Meisel:

Tribe outfielders produced 7.4 WAR last season, which ranked 16th among the league's 30 teams. That outfield will look vastly different in 2016, especially with Brantley on the shelf at the start. It could be a capable outfield defensively, but offensively, the group has more question marks than a Matthew Lesko sports coat.

Maybe the front office will make another move in an effort to bolster the unit before Opening Day. Maybe not. Maybe John Farrell will hand David Price the opponent lineup card on the morning of April 4 and the southpaw will begin his preparation for the likes of Davis, Almonte and Cowgill.

The curious case of opt-out contracts (Cameron)

A Fangraphs piece going long on the newest thing sweeping through MLB front offices . . . the opt-out contract.  It's certainly not an exact science, but I can see the potential value for both sides with these deals.