Here’s hoping for a great week of more Andrew McCutchen trade rumors, Kyle Korver three-pointers, and some warmer doggone weather!
The Indians' starting pitching depth crumbled in a hurry last season. Can they ensure that won't happen again in 2017? From Zack Meisel:
The Indians brought in a reinforcement That's right, they added Tim Cooney.
Oh, yeah, they landed that Edwin Encarnacion guy. He'll replace Mike Napoli, of course. But the Indians' starting pitching depth crumbled in a hurry last season. By the final week of September, Terry Francona was patching together the starting rotation with castoffs, relievers and untested minor leaguers.
Mike Clevinger (on a limited pitch count), Zach McAllister and Ryan Merritt all started games for the Tribe. Injuries to Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and even Corey Kluber forced the issue.
The Indians haven't really addressed their rotation depth via free agency or trade this winter. (No, Cooney is not some marquee signing. The Cardinals cut ties with him after a shoulder injury kept him out of action last year.) Are the Indians equipped to handle another pitching plague in 2017?
While the World Series strikeout zone infuriated me, I’d probably still vote for the NFL.
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