The Cleveland Indians have a big free agent shopping list

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 15 November 2008 at 12:34 am

The Indians will likely be on the hunt for a starting 2B or 3B, a power hitting corner outfielder, a starting pitcher and a closer. The Indians are being most aggressive in looking for a closer as they have already likely talked to Trevor Hoffman, Kerry Wood and Brian Fuentes. Of those three guys I think Wood would be the best fit because he has the best arm of this bunch. The Indians are talking to Casey Blake about a return to the team but he’s the top 3B on the market so he won’t be cheap. I think the Indians should look more at 2B with the idea of moving Asdrubal Cabrera to SS and Jhonny Peralta to 3B. With that in mind the Indians will likely talk to Mark Grudzielanek, Mark Loretta and David Eckstein. Of this bunch I happen to like Loretta the best. The Indians could also take a look see at Jeff Kent or Ray Durham. A longshot for the Indians would be to bring back Omar Vizquel and move Peralta to 3B while leaving Cabrera at 2B. But, that’s likely a pipe dream. The Indians could use a veteran in the starting rotation to teach the kids the right way to do things. With that in mind look for the Tribe to kick the tires on Pedro Martinez, Freddy Garcia and Jon Lieber. The Indians might be looking for the second tier of outfielders as Garret Anderson or Jim Edmonds could be a good fit for LF.

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