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Friday News & Notes: Ross Atkins follows Mark Shapiro to Toronto

Shapiro poaches another one!

I know you were all glued to last night's annual edition of The Game Awards, but there was some baseball stuff that happened, too. Let's talk about that.

Indians news & notes

Indians have interest in free-agent sluggers Pedro Alvarez, Chris Carter | Cleveland.com - Both of the recently non-tendered sluggers could provide the Tribe with a low average, high power potential bat, but that is precisely it. Picking up one of these dudes could mean committing to the first full-time DH since Pronk.

Toronto names Ross Atkins as GM | Cleveland.com - The Tribe's head scout is Mark Shapiro's latest nepotistic hire in Toronto, leaving a pretty big hole to fill. As VP of player personnel and, previously, director of player development, Atkins deserves a large chunk of credit for the success of Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Danny Salazar, and more.

Indians happy for new Toronto GM Atkins | Indians.com - Well yeah, of course they have to say they're happy, but as I said above, the organization has some big shoes to fill. The interesting tidbit here is that even Chris Antonetti was surprised by Alex Anthopoulos leaving Toronto.

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