Sunday Roundup

Not too much news from Winter Haven this week.

Actually, the biggest "news" is that the Indians are still trying to find a new Spring Training home:

When will the Tribe begin reporting somewhere new?

"It's an annual rite of spring for us to chat about our future [Spring Training] home," said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians vice president of public relations. "We'll be here in '07. To look beyond that, we don't know."

Apopka and Cape Coral are the latest Florida cities to express interest in possibly building a new training facility for the Indians. But the spate of hurricanes that have hit the state in recent years have made funding a major roadblock.

Winter Haven doesn't want the Indians, and the Indians don't want to train in Winter Haven. Arizona is out of the question because the Indians would need another team to go with them. The recent hurricanes haved tied up a lot of dollars as well.

Ryan Garko is writing a weekly journal. Highlights from his first entry:

As for the rest of my day, there is really not too much else that goes on. Most of us stay at a hotel right by the Chain of Lakes complex, and there is not too much to do but play some video games, watch movies and go out to dinner. If you like Chili's, Applebee's and the Outback, then Winter Haven is the place to be. Other than that ... well, Opening Day is only 38 days away.

Sounds like Winter Haven is a happenin' place.

The Indians are interested in signing Jhonny Peralta to long-term deal, and it looks the interest is mutual:

Bill Rego, Peralta's agent, said he met with the team Friday and began talks about a contract.

"The odds are very favorable [that a long-term deal will happen]," Rego said. "We had very positive and flexible dialogue."

The Indians control Peralta through 2010, and Jhonny would be arbitration-eligible after 2007. Generally, the years before a player becomes eligible for arbitration is when both the team and the player will agree on a long-term deal to take up through his arbitration years. The player gets more money up front, and the team gets some cost certainty.

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