On today’s installment of Clevelinks, we take a look at all of the post-Christmas Indians news that is making its way around the internet. There still isn’t much floating around in the way or rumors, but there is a lot of quality reading material to take in. We lead off today’s edition with the Indians being hungry for more of the postseason, Francona restoring winning culture, and news of former Indians signing with new teams.
- The Indians are hungry and ready to go deeper into the playoffs than the one and done experience they had in 2013. To accomplish this, Jordan Bastian takes a look at 10 questions surrounding the team as they head into 2014.
- Phil Rogers talks about Terry Francona and how he helped changed the culture of the Indians in his first season in Cleveland.
- Mickey Callaway talks about his family and his plans for the holiday season in this interview with MLB.com.
- Rob Neyer examines the reaction of the trade that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Indians in exchange for Ben Broussard.
- Speaking of Choo, he has agreed to a seven year deal with the Texas Rangers worth $130-million. He will be introduced by the Rangers on Friday afternoon.
- Former Indians closer Chirs Perez has agreed to a one year $2.3-million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Wahoo’s on First Links:
- Jeff Mount explores the failures that can arise from standing pat. Unfortunately, it looks like the Indians are embracing that strategy this offseason.
- Mike Hegan, Long time Indians broadcaster, has passed away at the age of 71.
- Can Ryan Raburn repeat his 2013 success in 2014? It’s not out of the question.
- Best of the rest available to help the Indians via free agency.
- Why the Indians should not re-sign Ubaldo Jimenez, according to Michael Chaney.
- Did the Tribe Win Last Night explains why making a big trade could do more harm than good for the Indians.
- Let’s Go Tribe examines the plate discipline of the Indians during the 2013 season.
- Stephanie Liscio of It’s Pronounced Lajaway talks about Mike Hegan.
- Indians Baseball Insider has the 12 days of Christmas at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Check it out here.