Sep 21, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (right) is congratulated by left fielder Michael Brantley (23) after scoring a run during the first inning on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Jason Kipnis (top left) against the Houston Astros at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Clevelinks: Michael Bourn Again?

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One of the key signings heading into the 2013 season for the Cleveland Indians was Michael Bourn. The speedy center fielder got off to a great start, but his season ended on a downward slide, culminating in an 0-4 wild card performance. Whether it was difficulty adjusting to a new league, injuries, or something else, Bourn needs to be better in 2014. That stated goal, along with his recovery from offseason hamstring surgery, bats lead off in today’s edition of Clevelinks.

Indians Links:

Michael Bourn underwent a minor procedure on his injured hamstring. The procedure was successful and not expected to impact his offseason workouts and conditioning.

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Aug 4, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn reacts after an infield hit against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning at Marlins Park. The Indians won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

In addition, Michael Bourn also didn’t make excuses for his poor performance in 2013. Instead, he promises improvement and that he will be better in 2014.

Joe Smith, who will officially be a free agent at the conclusion of the World Series, wants to come back to Cleveland in 2014.

Speaking of signing pitchers, in an attempt to bolster their pitching heading into 2014, the Indians have resigned Matt Capps to a minor league deal.

Wahoo’s on First Links:

While he might not write for Wahoo’s on First anymore, our former editor, Lewie Pollis, will always be considered a part of our odd little family. On Tuesday, he made his triumphant return to baseball blogging when he offered this outstanding analysis on the true cost of a win.

Wahoo’s on the Mic recorded their first episode in a world in which there were no Indians games to talk about. It went about as well as you would think given the circumstances.

Steve Kinsella has started putting together his “ugly list.” In other words, the list of players the Indians should consider signing at a low risk/cost but could bring back value and a considerable return on investment.

Jeff Mount explored the idea of trading Michael Bourn in the offseason.

Evan Vogel addressed the issue of Chief Wahoo and the use of Native American imagery in sports.

Jeff Mount says the Indians have money to spend this offseason.

Indians Analysis:

Stephanie Liscio of It’s Pronounced Lajaway asks whether or not Ubaldo Jimenez should be given a qualifying offer.

Michael Hattery of Indians Baseball Insider discusses Drew Stubbsvalue as a bench player.

Let’s Go Tribe listed Victor Martinez at #35 in its list of the top 100 Indians of all-time.

Did the Tribe Win Last Night asks if Cody Allen should be closing for the Indians in 2014.

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