With the winter meetings starting this week, the Indians actually *should* have some money to spend this winter to improve a 68 win team. The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reports that the Indians have had discussions with the agents of veterans Kevin Youkilis, Jason Bay, Nick Swisher, and Shane Victorino. The Indians have been sorely missing consistent power from the DH, first base, and left field positions for multiple seasons now.
Other names have surfaced for help in the starting rotation, such as Edwin Jackson, Scott Kazmir, Jair Jurrjens, and John Lannan. The Indians’ starting rotation is in need of a desperate overhaul with Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez currently the front end of the staff.
New Tribe manager Terry Francona, according to Hoynes, is said to be active in recruiting proven veteran talent to join his ballclub.