By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
A few items of note this morning…
1. The Indians are still talking and have an offer on the table to Russell Branyan
. On the one hand, he makes some sense as a left-handed bat to take some of the pressure off Matt LaPorta (who, by the way, was cleared to resume baseball activities following October hip and toe surgeries) at first.
On the other hand, Branyan would be, well, yet another left-handed bat on a roster full of them, and his defense at third base and in the corner outfield (where he’d presumably also be asked to help out) is suspect. FOXSports.com reported that the Rays and Red Sox also have interest in Branyan in these late stages before spring camps open.
2. Obviously, there hasn’t been much Hot Stove activity to discuss, where the Indians are concerned, this winter. But I’ll discuss the moves, non-moves and outlook for 2010 at 2:30 p.m. ET today on hotstove.com
, so be sure to check it out.
3. Speaking of things worth checking out, Tony Lastoria, of IndiansProspectInsider.com
, has released the 2010 Cleveland Indians Top 100 Prospects & More book, which is available at his site for $19.95 plus shipping and handling. Among other things, the 214-page book includes detailed scouting reports on more than 165 players in the system. Should be a good resource to get to know what’s coming up the pipeline in this transitional period for the Tribe.
That’s all for now, though we’re just days away from spring camp opening in Goodyear, where I will, of course, be hitting you with more Indians info than you know what to do with.
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