The Indians continue their offseason of acquisitions, adding CF Michael Bourn to the fold. With a revamped outfield and some much-needed power, can the Tribe compete in 2013? Or will the pitching be their Achilles’ heel? It should be a fun season down at the ole ballpark this year.

Hosts: Mike KresicTom Kresic
Running Time: 40:29


1Q: Indians Sign Michael Bourn

  • 4 year, $48M deal for the former Atlanta CF
  • 30 years old, with great speed
  • He will play CF and bat leadoff
  • He stole more bases in last 5 years than anyone in MLB
  • Drew Stubbs will move to RF. Brantley will play LF
  • Indians should have fastest OF (pitchers will love the hits they prevent for them)
  • Kipnis (31 SB), Stubbs (30 SB) will add to the speed at top of the order
  • Francona wants this team to run in ’13


2Q: A different line-up for the Tribe in 2013

  • Gone are: Hafner, Choo, Sizemore (didn’t play in 2012), Kotchman, Hannahan, Damon.
  • In are: Bourn, Stubbs, Swisher, Reynolds and Chisenhall (returning from injury)
  • more power, probably more Strike Outs (though we had plenty in ‘12), a better outfield defensively
  • Continued improvement of guys like Kipnis. Asdrubal is in shape this Spring, unlike last few years.
  • Likely starters (not the batting order)
    • C Carlos Santana
    • 1B Nick Swisher
    • 2B Jason Kipnis
    • SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    • 3B Lonnie Chisenhall
    • LF Michael Brantley
    • CF Michael Bourn
    • RF Drew Stubbs
    • DH Mark Reynolds


3Q: Pitching will be the key for the Indians

  • Will we have a decent rotation?
  • We added Brett Myers (took him from CHISOX) but he’s been a relief pitcher of late.
  • We traded for young gun Trevor Bauer, who has great arm but appears to be a head case.
  • Carlos Carrasco back from Tommy John surgery. What will we get from him?
  • Masterson and Ubaldo at the top of the lineup are KEY.
  • Ubaldo had most losses (17) and Wild Pitches (16) last year. He says he had bad mechanics. We’ll see. Hopefully he corrected them.
  • Masterson struggled with control. Aside from 2011 when he was great, he has struggled with control his whole career. Was 2011 a fluke or can he turn it around?
  • Zach McAllister pitched well. Will he continue to improve in 13?
  • 5th starter: choose from Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Dice K, Scott Kazmir, Corey Kluber. Does anyone here really excite you?
  • Our rotation is a bunch of average guys. Best case is they are all innings eaters and maybe one of them has a > .500 record.


4Q: What about the Bullpen?

  • Chris Perez – can he repeat his outstanding year?
  • Vinnie Pestano – best as a setup man but showed he can close in a pinch
  • Joe Smith
  • Nick Hagadone – young guy on the rise
  • Can the starters eat enough innings to keep the pen rested?


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