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.
- After some initial confusion, the domino effect of Michael Bourn‘s signing on the Tribe’s starting lineup has been clarified: Bourn takes over center field, Drew Stubbs shifts to right, Nick Swisher moves to first and Mark Reynolds takes over at designated hitter.
- Meanwhile, Jon Heyman says that the Indians have made Stubbs “eminently available” on the trading block.
- Could Cleveland still have more to do? Buster Olney hears—but squashes—rumors that the Indians could be in on Kyle Lohse. In lower-profile news, the Tribe is reportedly in on Ryan Theriot.
- Finally, Arizona catcher Miguel Montero has some choice words for Trevor Bauer, whom he caught for in 2012. Turns out they didn’t get along very well.
Wahoo’s on First Highlights
- Lewie expressed his enthusiasm for the Michael Bourn signing.
- Meanwhile, Brian recapped fan reaction to the Bourn deal.
- Indians Baseball Insider’s Steve Orbanek looks at whether Bourn can put the Indians over the top in 2013.
- Nino Colla at The Tribe Daily offers a Part 2 for his Spring Training primer.
- Bob Toth from Did the Tribe Win Last Night? profiles Terry Francona.
- Believing Since 1999′s Chris Gehring looks at Cleveland’s second base situation.
- Voting is underway for the 2013 SABR Analytics Research awards yesterday at SABR.org, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, and The Hardball Times. I am among the nominees in the “Contemporary Baseball Commentary” category (the second one on the ballot) for an article I wrote entitled “Did Hall of Fame’s Founders Want Voters to Judge With Their Eyes?”. If you like my work I would appreciate your support; either way, please take a few minutes to read and support some of the best baseball writing around.
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