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Clevelinks, February 8: Extending Mike Aviles and No to Jim Thome

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.

Indians News

  • Ken Rosenthal says the Indians are out on Jim Thome; the team reportedly “do[es] not want to commit [a] roster spot to a DH.”
  • Cleveland agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with infielder Mike Aviles to buy out his final two years of arbitration. The contract guarantees Aviles $3 million in both 2013 and 2014 and includes a $3.5 million team option for 2015.
  • In the wake of the Aviles signing, Jordan Bastian hears that Asdrubal Cabrera will likely be suiting up for another team by 2014.
  • The Indians signed left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to a minor-league deal. Hill, who turns 33 next month, posted a 1.83 ERA despite a walk rate over 5.0 BB/9 in 25 relief appearances with the Red Sox in 2012.

Wahoo’s on First Highlights

  • Lewie tried to quantify how much of an impact Jim Thome would make on the Indians’ 2013 lineup.

Tribe Analysis

  • Mike Brandyberry from Did the Tribe Win Last Night? profiles Francisco Lindor.
  • Chris Gehring at Believing Since 1999 takes a look at the Indians’ first base options for 2013 and beyond.

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