Let me introduce myself for those who may or may not know me. I am a former long time fan, now observer of the Cleveland Indians. I am not a fan of Mark Shapiro and feel that the loyalty shown him by the Dolans was unfounded and a cause of the team and fan's anguish. That being said i'd like to give my thoughts on the future of the Indians. Forgetting what has transpired, the Indians are doing exactly what they should be doing, evaluating all the talent they have both drafted and acquired through the many trades.and last couple drafts.
The offense will be improved with the return of Grady Sizemore and Carlos Santana, if both can return to the form we've seen them play at. The defense continues to be below average especially the infield, where Asdrubal Cabrera, Jason Donald and Jayson Nix are all below average. The rotation is still a work in progress, determining who might be eventual rotation reliables. Fausto Carmona has earned the top spot, but beyond that there really is not a MLB proven starter.
The bullpen seems solid with Chris Perez becoming the shut down CL needed for the 9th inning. Rafael Perez has regained his form of a few years ago, and the Indians have many power arms waiting their turn at Columbus. The Indians seem a team that can be competitive by 2012, except for what has transpired this off season. The White Sox and Tigers suddenly started acting like Boston and New York in the ALC. On paper at least they along with the Twins appear far ahead of the Indians and aren't afraid to add payroll. What this means for the Indians is uncertain, but it won't be as easy to dominate the ALC as it was in the 90s and in 2007.