The offseason for the Indians, and many other teams for that matter, is just barely over a week old. That doesn’t mean it’s never too soon to start making changes in preparation for the 2014 season. The Indians, fresh off a wild card loss to the Rays, have started jumbling their coaching staff while another former Indians ace is now out of work. That’s where we’ll lead off today’s edition of Clevelinks.
- Terry Francona and the Indians announced yesterday that there would be a slight realignment of the coaching staff. In 2014, Brad Mills will go from coaching third base to bench coach. Sandy Alomar, last season’s bench coach, will become the first base coach. Mike Sarbaugh, who coached first base for all of the 2013 season, will travel across the diamond to coach third.
Meanwhile in Arizona, Charles Nagy was relieved of his duties as pitching coach for the Diamondbacks. Nagy spent the past three seasons as pitching coach under manager Kirk Gibson and experienced a fair amount of success in helping guide the club to a division title in 2011. When reached for comment, the always classy Nagy thanked the Diamondbacks for the opportunity and being able to manage a fantastic group of guys.
- Jason Kipnis was nominated as a finalist for the AL Hank Aaron award. It’s an award given every year to the top hitter in each league. Seeing as how Kipnis plays in the same league as Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, his odds of winning are probably slim and nil.
- The Indians are awaiting a decision by Ubaldo Jimenez and his potential free agency. There is a club option on Jimenez for 2014, but the trade from Colorado to Cleveland gave him the right to void said option. In light of the season Jimenez put together, it is likely that Jimenez will void the option and hit the free agent market.
Wahoo’s on First Links:
- We made some predictions prior to the 2013 season. As it turns out, with the exception of Katrina, not many of us seem to know what we’re talking about.
- Brian Heise explained that with the recent wild card play in game, it was revealed that Cleveland is a good baseball town. They just need a reason to believe.
Indians Video of the Day:
Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona discuss the 2013 season and their excitement towards the team and the opportunity lying ahead of them in 2014.