Oct 2, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (17) makes a pitching change during the 7th inning in the American League wild card playoff game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Clevelinks, Jan. 1: A New Year Brings New Expectations for Indians

With 2013 officially behind us, it is time to set our sights on the 2014 season. There is roughly six weeks to go until pitchers and catchers begin reporting to spring training. The big question, of course, is who exactly will be pitching for the Tribe in 2014. With the loss of Scott Kazmir, the expected loss of Ubaldo Jimenez, and the defections for the bullpen mafia. there are a lot of holes left to be filled. In today’s edition of Clevelinks, we start taking a look at how the Indians might go about filling these holes for 2014.

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Trevor Bauer has been impressive during his offseason workouts in Texas. So much so that the Indians are highly encouraged by what they have seen and believe that Bauer could have a spot in the 2014 rotation.

In the latest edition of “Hey, Hoynsie!”, Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes addresses several issues in regards to the Indians pitching situation. This includes the status of Ubaldo Jimenez, where the Indians stand on the bidding for Masahiro Tanaka , the highly touted Japanese import expected to be in America in 2014, and whether or not the Indians have any interest in bringing back Jake Westbrook. In addition to these pitching related questions, Hoynes also addresses the issue surrounding the future or Asdrubal Cabrera and how Francisco Lindor‘s development plays a role in that future.

In a story we’ve already reported once before, news of David Murphy‘s signing broke thanks to his 5-year-old daughter. Hoynes lays out exactly what happened and how word started to spread.

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Brian Heise gives a list of 2014 New Year’s Resolutions for the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians are now the most well-run franchise in the city of Cleveland thanks to the bumblings of both the Browns and Cavs.

Evan Vogel examines the interesting way in which the Indians have viewed the closer’s role over the years.

Worried that the Indians aren’t doing enough this offseason? Don’t worry. It will be ok.

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Stephanie Liscio of It’s Pronounced Lajaway tells the tale of a Cleveland baseball tragedy you’ve probably never heard of before.

Let’s Go Tribe breaks down their top posts from 2013. Take a chance to catch up on some of the great things they have done.

Indians Baseball Insider providers a 2013 year in review for the Indians. You can check it out here.

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