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The Indians are still picking through the free agent market to find a hitter. Prospect Yandy Diaz probably won't replace Mike Napoli's 34 homers and 101 RBI, but he might help fill the void. From Paul Hoynes:
But let's say they don't find this year's version of Napoli. Could Yandy Diaz help fill that role? Could he step in and make the club as a right-handed hitting DH, while playing some third base and the outfield?
"We think about everything," said GM Mike Chernoff, during the winter meetings, when asked about Diaz. "Our focus is to just put the best team out there that we can. We'll see where we are in spring training.
"I would imagine Yandy, from where he is, will have opportunities; whether it's to start the season or at some point during the season. Whenever that opportunity is there we hope he'll take advantage of it." [Cleveland.com]
Good news here for the club, as this gives the club more flexibility with the talented utility man. [Cleveland.com]
Don’t count out the slugger just yet. Howard, who hit 25 home runs in just 362 plate appearances, is working out like a madman to extend his career. [Yahoo Sports]
Pitching first? Power overrated? Supply and demand? [Everything Bluebirds]
Hint hint, this article doesn’t see it being our Tribe. [Sports Illustrated]