Welcome to Clevelinks, a new feature recapping the previous day’s Indians news and Wahoo’s on First commentary, as well as the best Tribe analysis from other sites.
- This seems like basic economics, but Buster Olney reports that the Indians could have interest in free agent outfielder Michael Bourn “if his price tag dropped A LOT.”
- The Tribe signed catcher Omir Santos to a minor-league contract. Santos, 31, owns a .249/.281/.364 career batting line across parts of four MLB seasons.
- Poor Russ Canzler‘s offseason travels aren’t over yet: the Baltimore Orioles claimed him on waivers from the Yankees on Tuesday, making the O’s his fourth employer this winter.
- Speaking of former Cleveland players looking for work, Jeremy Accardo has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals, Derek Lowe rejected a non-guaranteed contract from the Rockies, and Manny Ramirez might be headed to Taiwan.
Wahoo’s on First Highlights
- Lewie tried to quantify what the Indians are losing without Travis Hafner at DH.
- Jason offered his thoughts on Jordan Bastian and Bill James‘ 2013 projections for Cleveland players.
- Jim Pete at Indians Baseball Insider counts down the 15 best outfielders in Tribe history.
- Vince Guerrieri from Did the Tribe Win Last Night? relives the midgey game.
- Let’s Go Tribe’s Jason Lukehart looks at some comparables for Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson.
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