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"I heard all of the rumors about how Seattle almost took him with the second pick in the draft,"...

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"I heard all of the rumors about how Seattle almost took him with the second pick in the draft," said an American League scout. "Now I understand why. What a player. He can do it all and he could come very quickly. There's a quiet confidence in his game that goes with all five tools, and that's a rare combination."

An anonymous AL scout on Lindor, as quoted by Kevin Goldstein. Tony Lastoria has also been singing Lindor's praises following a week in Goodyear.

#Indians claim RHP Rick VandenHurk on waivers from Toronto. Kelvin De La Cruz gets designated for...

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#Indians claim RHP Rick VandenHurk on waivers from Toronto. Kelvin De La Cruz gets designated for assigment (again) to make room for Rick VandenHurk. Appeared in 4 games last year for O's.

Hoynes breaks the story on twitter

"What I got to take is his word. He said that he’s healthy, he feels better than last year. He...

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"What I got to take is his word. He said that he’s healthy, he feels better than last year. He feels that he hurt himself in Spring Training and was never able to catch up. Still, if you look at his numbers and put together those innings from Colorado and the innings in Cleveland, he led our staff in strikeouts, so it’s still there and time will tell if we gave up too much."

Manny Acta on Ubaldo Jimenez, from tonight's 30 Clubs in 30 Days on MLB Network

Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic agreed to a deal with Hernandez on Monday to have the false...

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Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic agreed to a deal with Hernandez on Monday to have the false identity charges against him dropped in exchange for the completion of a work program in his home country, according to The Associated Press.

Jordan Bastian at MLB.COM

24. Cleveland Indians: Maybe the most fascinating system in the game as they are loaded with toolsy...

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24. Cleveland Indians: Maybe the most fascinating system in the game as they are loaded with toolsy Latin American kids who have yet to play a full-season. Explosive potential, but also the risk of it all turning into nothing.

Kevin Goldstein posting his organizational rankings for BP (free piece)

Wait, what? The Indians? The CLEVELAND Indians? When I saw them at #5 after running the...

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Wait, what? The Indians? The CLEVELAND Indians? When I saw them at #5 after running the calculations, I was convinced there was an error in the ratings. I triple checked them. There isn’t. ZIPS loves the Indians rotation. It sees both Masterson and Jimenez as legitimate front-line starters, and then is wooed again by the soft-tossing strike throwers mold – this time, it’s Kevin Slowey and Josh Tomlin getting love for throwing 88 and over the plate. Toss in a still-useful Derek Lowe, and ZIPs seems a strong, deep rotation with two really good horses up front. I’ll take the under, personally, but there’s some validity to the reasoning, and the Indians rotation is probably underrated. Just maybe not this underrated.

Fangraphs ranks the Indians starting rotation as part of an on-going positional ranking series

RHP Jon Garland no longer an option for #Indians. Was scheduled for physical Monday, but didn't...

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RHP Jon Garland no longer an option for #Indians. Was scheduled for physical Monday, but didn't take it.

so tweets Hoynsie

"Is Carlos going to hit one of my players? No," Guillen said. "I managed another team for eight...

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"Is Carlos going to hit one of my players? No," Guillen said. "I managed another team for eight years and you never saw anything with players. That's going to be a no-no. If you're going to talk about your teammates, be ready for the biggest fight because I will fight you. You will kick my butt because I'm old and out of shape, but I will give you a good fight.

Ozzie Guillien, on running a "tight ship."

Cleveland reliever Vinnie Pestano had the highest fastball swinging-strike rate among all pitchers,...

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Cleveland reliever Vinnie Pestano had the highest fastball swinging-strike rate among all pitchers, at 21.0%. League average (again, for all pitchers who threw at least 100 four-seam fastballs) was 6.3%

Carson Cistulli writing at Fangraphs about the best pitches of 2011
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