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.
- In what was undoubtedly the biggest news story of the day, Yan Gomes announced that he probably will not participate in the World Baseball Classic. Gomes is the first Brazilian-born player to reach The Show.
- Oh yeah, the Indians signed outfielder Michael Bourn, the best free agent left on the market, to a four-year, $48 million deal. I suppose that’s newsworthy.
- Paul Hoynes reports that Cleveland isn’t likely to trade an outfielder now that Bourn is aboard, with Jon Heyman hearing that Drew Stubbs is more likely to be dealt than Michael Brantley.
Wahoo’s on First Highlights
- We announced our Cleveland Indians 2013 top prospect crowdsourcing project. Help us pick the organization’s most promising youngsters!
- Lewie kvelled over the Jason Giambi and Daisuke Matsuzaka signings.
- Ryan at Let’s Go Tribe explains how Mark Appel’s high asking price in the 2012 draft led to Bourn signing with Cleveland.
- Meanwhile, WaitingForNextYear’s TD credits someone else for the Bourn signing: Terry Francona.
- Mike Brandyberry at Did the Tribe Win Last Night venerates GM Chris Antonetti for the Indians’ aggressive offseason improvements—and this was before the Bourn news.
- Nino Colla from The Tribe Daily offers a 2013 Indians Spring Training primer.
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