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, January 28: Exceeding Expectations


Can the Indians be Better?

On today’s edition of Clevelinks, we examine everything that has been going on with the Indians of late. That includes, news, rumors, and even a bit of analysis. The most recent news with the Indians all seems to pertain to Tribe Fest. The annual gathering that brings fans into contact with their favorite players was a success once again even despite the poor weather conditions this past weekend. However, we lead off with a bit of optimism on the national front where one writer believes the Indians can exceed expectations in 2014.

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  • Shaun Heidrick of Yahoo Sports believes that the Indians have what it takes to exceed expectations in 2014. He provides three reasons for this theory, all of which seem to be fairly accurate and support his opinion quite well. Also, it’s an article in favor of the Indians, so what’s not to love?
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    Jun 16, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Elliot Johnson (23) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.The Kansas City Royals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    The Indians have agreed to a deal with free agent utility infielder, Elliot Johnson. He spent last season with the Royals and Braves and became Atlanta’s primary second baseman once it became obvious that Dan Uggla‘s struggles could not be fixed. The deal is a minor league deal and includes an invite to big league camp next month.

  • The Indians and Justin Masterson have apparently shelved talks of a multi-year extension. Unable to reach an agreement, both sides have agreed that is it in the best interest of everyone that they focus on getting a one-year deal figured out first and foremost. This comes as a major blow. If the Indians are unable to sign Masterson to a long-term deal now, their chances of doing it after the season become less and less each and every day.
  • Tribe Fest was a hit. Check out photos and videos Here. 

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