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Mike Napoli could start season with Triple-A Columbus

Morning news and notes for Monday, March 19, 2018

MLB: Spring Training-Cleveland Indians at Milwaukee Brewers Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s to a great week!

Indians 11, Cubs 4

Indians 16, Mariners 3 Recap

27 runs in one day is good! Grand slams from catchers Eric Hasse and Yan Gomes highlighted a big offensive day for the Tribe, while Mike Clevinger struck out nine in just 4 and 13 innings.

Tribe News

Tito appreciative of Napoli’s professionalism |

Will Mike Napoli stay with the Indians? From Jordan Bastian:

Cleveland does not have a spot to offer on the big league roster, so the clock is ticking in terms of a decision about Napoli’s immediate future.

“We’re 10 days from breaking camp, and he doesn’t know what lies ahead for him,” Indians manager Terry Francona said before Sunday’s 11-4 win over the Cubs in Las Vegas. “This will be the first time in about 12 years. I think you’re thinking, ‘Am I done?’ I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do know that, to me, he’s still Napoli. I’ve just tried to remind him of that a couple times.”

If no MLB opportunity presents itself, one possibility for Napoli -- in camp with the Tribe on a Minor League contract -- would be to consider starting the season with Triple-A Columbus. That would give the Indians some veteran depth behind Yonder Alonso and Edwin Encarnacion, and it would give Napoli the chance to continue to audition for other clubs, while serving as an example for Cleveland’s prospects to follow.

Talkin’ about Bradley Zimmer |

Mr. Terry Pluto with some thoughts on how best to use the young center fielder.

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