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Going With Grady?

CHRIS PUMMER: The Cleveland Indians look like they’re poised to go for it in 2012, especially after trading for Ubaldo Jimenez last summer. That all-in spirit probably means picking up Grady Sizemore’s option for next season to see if the diminished star can return with some of his former luster.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Here’s what would concern me about Grady Sizemore. Not so much the injuries. Rather, the way he played when he was on the field. Continue reading

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Trading For Ubaldo

HOWARD MEGDAL: You can argue whether the Indians gave up too much for Ubaldo Jimenez. But it is inarguable that Cleveland’s contention has nothing to do with making it worthwhile to trade for Ubaldo Jimenez. That’s a piece any team should add if given the chance, regardless of their place in the success cycle.

CHRIS PUMMER: This is just a senseless gamble the Indians didn’t need to make. Continue reading

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MLB Previews: White Sox, Reds, Indians, Rockies, Tigers

Chicago White Sox
Last Year: 88-74, 2nd in AL Central
CHRIS PUMMER: The White Sox say they’re going “all-in” this season, complete with a corresponding bump in payroll. Setting aside the question of why the team hasn’t been leveraging its…

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More Deserving Fanbase: Cubs or Indians?

BRAD GOLDBACH: In terms of fan bases in suffering, not many can compete with the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, but when looking at an all-sports landscape, those fan bases aren’t even in the same league of pain.

Cleveland seems to be in permanent sports purgatory, while Chicago, Cubs aside, has done pretty well for itself over the years.

SHANNON MCCARTHY: The Cubs drought is an integral part of the fabric of baseball. Who would we at once mock and empathize with, what curse would we invoke if they were to go and do the unthinkable? The Curse of the Really Crappy Sports City doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. (Sorry, Cleveland, it’s all I can come up with.) Continue reading

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Cliff Lee: Sabathia Money?

HOWARD MEGDAL: As Monday night’s performance showed once again, Cliff Lee is one of the game’s finest pitchers. By pitching so well in the ALCS, against the Yankees, Lee has probably driven up his market value to the equivalent of CC Sabathia, who signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the Yankees a few years ago.

Whichever team makes that commitment to Lee, I believe, would be making a huge mistake. Continue reading

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MLB All Star Teams

HOWARD MEGDAL: I don’t have much issue with anything else said here. But my personal opinion is that the game is far worse off without Stephen Strasburg.

ZOË RICE: Howard, you and I are not on the same page here. In fact, our pages are in different chapters–mine at the beginning of the story, and yours at the end. Strasburg is a “pitcher of intense interest,” I agree–how could I not? But the All-Star game isn’t really a game for players merely of interest. It’s about players with proven, enduring success.

CHRIS PUMMER: There are a handful of poor selections here, but that’s the case every year. Continue reading

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Indians: Unlucky or the Residue of Design?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Chris makes a number of valid points, but I see his top line as proving the essential point: a team that managed to identify, and trade for, so many good young players to complement their homegrown talent is unlucky to have gotten a single playoff appearance out of it. And I continue to be amazed at the regression of the players from that 2007 team.

CHRIS PUMMER: What’s awful for Indians fans is that when a title was within reach, the team refused to stretch any more than it did to grab it. Instead Cleveland waited for good luck to carry it to a title, and it didn’t happen. Continue reading

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American League Central Division Preview

Last Year’s Final Standings
Minnesota
Detroit
Chicago
Cleveland
Kansas City Continue reading

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Floating Realignment

CHRIS PUMMER: as long as the Red Sox and Yankees keep printing money on their way to division title after division title, keeping advertisers, television networks and revenue-sharing, bottom-feeding teams happy, then baseball’s ownership circle probably doesn’t see this as a problem in dire need of a solution.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I agree with Chris on the economics of this, but the largest reason for scuttling any floating realignment is a simple one: emotional attachment to rivalries. Continue reading

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Bigger Snub: Alomar or Blyleven?

HOWARD MEGDAL: There were many people on the 2010 Hall of Fame ballot I think belong in the HOF. Barry Larkin should be an easy one, with a 116 OPS+ and terrific defense at shortstop. Alan Trammell for similar reasons. Tim Raines for a long career that only pales in comparison to Rickey Henderson. And as Rich Lederer has taught us, Bert Blyleven is a Hall of Famer as well.

None of these oversights were as egrigious as Roberto Alomar, perhaps a top-five second baseman all-time. He’s a Hall of Famer with room to spare.

DAVE TOMAR:only Nolan Ryan ranks above Blyleven in strikeouts, wins and shutouts. I’ll state this again so it sinks in that this guy only has two years of HOF eligibility left. Only Nolan Ryan, who was inducted with a 98.79% vote in his first year of eligibility, has more wins, strikeouts and shutouts than Bert Blyleven. Continue reading

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