It feels like I have been saying this every day for a month, but Spring Training is really right around the corner. Some free agents still remain on the market, but by and large, it is now time to reflect on what transpired this offseason and begin looking ahead to 2016.
With that in mind, Jason Kipnis is confident in the Cleveland Indians lineup next season, assuming everyone can stay healthy. It is a point lost on many angry fans this offseason: The 2015 Indians were an extremely banged-up crew, and it made just about everyone not named Francisco Lindor severely underperform. There is hope for 2016 and beyond.
Indians feeling ready for AL Central title chase | MLB
"In my mind, we have a really good lineup," Kipnis said. "Guys might have been banged up last year or underperformed, but they're still good players. If everybody has the year they're supposed to have, I like our lineup, especially to go with our staff."
Were the Cleveland Indians wise not to trade away a starting pitcher this offseason? | Cleveland
The Indians had a very obvious point of strength in starting pitcher and a very obvious need for outfielders. They could have opted to trade a pitcher (and a lot of teams were asking), but they ultimately did not. Was it the right decision? Cleveland.com's Zach Meisel and Paul Hoynes debate.
Cleveland Indians: Third base or outfield? Whatever they can afford | Wahoo's On First
If the Indians are going to go after another free agent this offseason, they will be handcuffed by their budget as always.
- Back-end of the rotation up for grabs this Spring | Burning River Baseball
Sure, we know that Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar are locks to stick in the starting rotation this year, but what about the other two spots? It will at least be a three-way battle between Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin, and Cody Anderson, but others could enter the fray as well. This Spring is going to be interesting.
Around the league
- The result of MLB.tv's class-action lawsuit is more options for customers. Still can't stream your "in-market" team, however.
- Speaking of which, MLB.tv Premium is now available for $109.99. Put that income tax to good use.
- "Unless the Yankees win the pennant within the next 4 seasons, the 2010s will be the first decade since the 1910s that they have not been to the World Series." We can do it, America!
- Ruben Tejada is still angry about somebody intentionally taking out his legs in a playoff game. As he should be.
- There's a very high chance Stephen Strasburg will be a free agent when his contract expires. Maybe the Indians will si-.. hahahahahaha.