Saturday, November 10, 2007

This Week In (Indians') Baseball

  • Grady Sizemore is awarded a Golden Glove!

  • Vice-President and General Manager Mark Shapiro is awarded MLB Executive of the Year!

  • The general managers agree to put limited instant replay on the docket for the baseball winter meeting. Mark Shapiro was in favor of this even before the Indians were involved in three "challenges" for fair-foul-in-out home runs during the playoffs. Mark makes a great point when he explains that the game is delayed while the umpires meet on the play in question, why not utilize technology and get the call right.

  • Shapiro makes it clear that he intends to sign C.C. Sabathia soon. Negotiations are presently ongoing.

  • Indians owner Paul Dolan stated that he is still not over the loss in seven games to the Red Sox in the playoffs, especially after being up three games to one. He sympathized with the Indians' fans as many of us are not over it yet either.

  • The Indians signed Paul Byrd, Joe Borowski, and Aaron Fultz to contracts this week.

  • Mark Shapiro made overtures to Marlins talented third baseman Miguel Cabrera. The 24 year old batted .320 with 34 home runs and 119 RBIs. Cabrera has made it known that he wants to leave Florida. His stock continues to rise based on A-Rod opting out of his Yankee contract. The deal appears to be dead but don't be surprised if it comes up again. The Marlins are looking for starting pitching and the Indians can answer that call with Cliff Lee, Jeremy Sowers, and/or Aaron Laffey. I see a blockbuster trade on the horizon!

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