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Winter Meetings Update: Indians continue to wheel and deal

Winter Meetings Update: Indians continue to wheel and deal
December 3, 2012
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Here are some quick notes and news bits connected to the Indians coming out of the Winter Meetings today. I will have a much more thorough update on all of this and more in my Winter Meetings daily recap piece later this afternoon:

- Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is the Indians star attraction at the winter meetings and is garnering interest from several clubs. The Indians demands are still in the "stratosphere" according to industry sources, but that is what they should be doing. They want a package of Major League ready players in return, and one almost has to be a good, young starting pitcher.

- First baseman James Loney signed with the Rays for one year $2 million. The Indians were reported to be very interested in signing him.

- Injured pitchers Rich Harden and Brandon Webb are attempting comebacks next season. The Indians are expected to be involved in talks on both fronts, and could have the most interest in Harden.

- Outfielder Delmon Young is a player that is on the Indians radar, but is someone that they probably won't consider signing until January when they can see how he has recovered from his recent ankle surgery.

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User Comments

December 4, 2012 - 7:49 AM EST
I love the Andrew chafin add in for possible player in a deal with the dbacks. ill always take an Ohio boy who played for Kent state. Also I understand the dislike for delmon young. but I think loney would have been a nice low cost low risk addition. Plus he would have done better than kotchman and laporta did over the past two seasons. I also thing that we should stick with the A's dbacks or cardinals in trade talks for asdrubal. They have the young pitching and they are also playoff caliber teams that may over pay in a trade to get over the top.
December 4, 2012 - 6:50 AM EST
I have to agree with u Tony well said. youngs not my first choice, I remember. money was suppose to b a cornerstone for LAD . . .his time in Boston didn't impress me. and I want to see rich harden and Webb as a project in that order.but I wish the tribe got geovany Soto for a year moved Santana to first. plan on chiz at 3B. so LF,DH. would have been holes. Santana other players and Soto could spell sh all year like take turns. so left field we could throw a log of money at. not to mention maybe a starter?
December 3, 2012 - 6:38 PM EST
Forgot to add my name. Didn't mean for it to be anonymous
December 3, 2012 - 6:37 PM EST
Delmon Young? Really? Why oh why am I not surprised. I am convinced that Antonetti will never be the architect of a winning team. He really and truly doesn't get it.
December 3, 2012 - 1:11 PM EST
If the demands are Bauer and Skaggs from the Dbax I think it's ridiculous to even think about. No way I see the Snakes move both in the same deal unless the Tribe sends something else back.
I think it's more realistic for the Tribe to land one of Bauer and Skaggs and then add another player into the mix like Gerardo Parra, Matt Davidson, AJ Pollock, Chase Anderson, and Andrew Chafin.
Honestly, I think I'd prefer to see the Tribe land Lance Lynn and Matt Adams myself but I'm not sure that option is on the table from the Cards. Would they do both for ACab, I'm not so sure.
December 3, 2012 - 12:51 PM EST
Young's even worse than Loney. Hasn't even accumulated 1 WAR in his career, and outside his okay 2010 he's been well below replacement level. There is no good reason to think Young will perform better than Carrera or even Thomas Neal. For a front office that supposedly focuses on advanced stats, why are they even associated with negative-value guys like Young and Loney? If you look at Young's batting average, you might think he's okay, except that's about 100% of the way he gets on base since he never walks. Can't play defense, can't get on base, average power=bad player.
December 3, 2012 - 12:42 PM EST
I for one am glad they did not sign Loney. And I am kind of on the side where I hope they don't sign Young, but I may welcome it depending on what else they do.
December 3, 2012 - 12:31 PM EST
Can you really "miss out" on James Loney? That's sort of like missing out on stepping in dog crap. See also Delmon Young

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