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Encarnacion signing means Indians have limited options to solve outfield problems

Morning News and Notes, Saturday, January 7

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The good news? The Indians got the slugger they need in Edwin Encarnacion. The bad news? In plugging one hole, the Indians may not have much available to plug another leak: the one in the outfield. The signing of Rajai Davis by the A's removes one possible solution. Now that buying an outfielder is pretty much off the table, stay tuned to see what the most creative front office does to solve one of its most obvious problems.

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The trickle-down effect of signing Edwin Encarnacion on the Indians’ roster - Cleveland Indians - Ohio - Namely, it means the Indians might not have as many options in terms of depth or security in the outfield they might have otherwise had.

Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion to skip World Baseball Classic | - Instead of representing his home country, the Dominican Republic, in the World Baseball Classic, which gets underway on Monday, March 6 in Seoul, South Korea, and Thursday, March 9, for the Dominican team, Encarnacion will spend his time in Spring Training acclimating himself to the Indians.

Indians like Edwin Encarnacion's consistency | - There is always risk involved with a lucrative deal, but this includes an extra layer. On Saturday, Encarnacion turns 34 years old, meaning the Indians are gambling that his approach can overcome his age.

The party really is over for Mike Napoli and Cleveland Indians: Hey, Hoynsie | - Indians fans have questions. Inexplicably, many want them answered by Hoynsie.

Indians poised to claim World Series title | - Three years ago, after the Royals fell just short of winning it all, they didn't feel sorry for themselves. They ended the next season with a World Series championship. The Cubs did something similar. Remember? I'm sure the Indians do.

The Cleveland Indians thought they stood no chance at landing Edwin Encarnacion, and then everything fell into place | - Encarnacion even said he was somewhat surprised by the Indians' initial involvement. "But I know that they want to win and I know that I'm the perfect fit," he said.

What will it take to protect Progressive Field grass during Billy Joel's concert? | - While the Billy Joel concert at Progressive Field is six months away, Indians officials already are planning several key measures to preserve the baseball field.

2017 Spring Training Tickets In Goodyear Up In Price | KJZZ - The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, which play at the stadium, agreed to give Goodyear $1 per ticket sold to help the city pay for ballpark funding.

Greg Swindell to appear at Lake County Captains Hot Stove Dinner - The Captains have announced former Indians pitcher Greg Swindell will be the featured speaker at the 15th annual Hot Stove Dinner on Jan. 26 at Classic Park. No early word on whether the menu will include flounder.

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