Tribe News & Links 1/28/14 - Infield Questions

Can he return to form? - Hannah Foslien

Infield questions, a chance to meet some prospects, and extension talks for Masterson shelved.

Tribe-Related

Energetic Francona anxious for baseball | FOX Sports on MSN - It might still be the middle of winter, but the Indians' skipper is ready for baseball.

A bounce-back year for Asdrubal Cabrera would stabilize the Tribe infield | indians.com: News -  At the forefront of their issues is Cleveland's plan to use this spring to evaluate how realistic an option Carlos Santana might be for third base, and whether shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera can rebound from last season.

Youngstown News, Naquin, Aguilar among ex-Scrappers expected - Mahoning Valley LGTers have the chance to meet some prospects on Thursday.

Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians shelve multiyear talks, concentrate on 1-year deal | cleveland.com - ICYMI.  Justin Masterson's arbitration date with the Indians is scheduled for Feb. 20 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Josh Tomlin's hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14.

LGFT

Pickup of left-hander David Huff gives Giants pitching depth | MLB.com: News - Depth is one way to spin this signing.

Urgency to win now creeping up on Victor Martinez | MLB.com: News - For someone with such an intense personality during the season, LGFT Victor Martinez had a very laid-back vibe going at TigerFest. That still didn't hide the urgency in his mind.

Grady Sizemore has the talent to be the next big comeback. | SportsonEarth.com : Jack Moore Article - Nearly 18 months after knee surgery, this season looks to be Grady Sizemore's best chance to return to the field. The former All-Star had the chops to be the best in the game... before injuries shut down his career. Can he make it back to the top?

Around the Horn

Will Tanaka deal inflate price of starting pitchers? | FOX Sports on MSN - Is Tanaka's deal the reason the Cleveland Indians, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, put their extension talks with right-hander Justin Masterson on hold?

Final landing spot for Nelson Cruz remains unclear | MLB.com: News - The Rangers have given away Nelson Cruz's old jersey number to free agent acquisition LGFT Shin-Soo Choo, but have not completely ruled out the idea of bringing the one-time fan favorite back to Texas on a club-friendly deal.

Who Could Improve the Most with Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez? | FanGraphs Baseball - Jeff Sullivan runs the numbers.

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