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Cleveland Indians front office must change free agency strategy

November 24th, 2012 at 4:57 PM
By Brett Gibson

'Jason Bay' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Cleveland Indian fans let out another loud sigh last week when the front office announced the additions of Matt Carson and Cedric Hunter to minor league contracts. It is important to realize that depth is an important element to a teams success, but the Indians have been adding "depth" for years, but no talented starters.

Rumors have also been swirling about the Indians looking at veteran outfielder Jason Bay who had struggled with his time with the New York Mets. The Indians front office would do some type of incentive based contract as Bay would be a big risk at his age, with injury problems.

Last season, Indians GM Chris Antonetti decided to re-sign outfielder Grady Sizemore for one year and 5 million dollars. Sizemore never saw the field for the Indians in 2012.

Not only is Bay well past his prime and injury prone, but his numbers are not even close to what they used to be before the injuries.

Cleveland needs to find a young left fielder either through free agency or trade who can man his position for the next several seasons so we can finally close the revolving door in left field for a while. With this current ownership, and a thin free agent group, a trade seems the most logical.  But this means finding a trade partner, and equal value which the Indians have not done successfully very often.  

Tags: Baseball, Cleveland, Cleveland Indians, grady sizemore, jason bay, MLB

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