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CSI 75: The end of the Spring Training soap box

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It’s a special day in the land of Cleveland Indians’ baseball.

It’s Opening Day eve, and the Cleveland Indians are rolling into San Francisco in preparation for their opening day tilt against the Oakland Athletics, a game in which we’ll get to see our old friend Scott Kazmir in his first official start with the A’s. While we can start looking forward to the interesting match-ups on a day-to-day basis, the CSI crew got together for the first time in weeks to talk about some of the Spring Training news, and began to look forward at the season, as well as at the Indians signing philosophy after they allowed two starters to walk away, then passed on extending Justin Masterson.

Two hours after we recorded the pod, the Indians then signed Yan Gomes to a long-term deal out of the blue. While we didn’t discuss that specific deal, we did talk about the Indians plan going forward.

Here’s the rundown:

2:40–The concern of the starting rotation

3:15–Carlos Carrasco has concerns, regardless of your belief in his upside

6:00–While there’s a body of work, there are questions about each spot in the rotation, especially Carrasco and McAllister (his label forever–upside)

7:10–Mike seems to have a moderate fanboy crush on…

7:40–Francona made some definitive statements about Carrasco

8:30–Carrasco has no foundation to support folks that talk massive upside

9:20–The #5 starter will be fluid

9:50–Carlos Santana moves to third base, and Steve’s face is frozen

12:50–Mike talks Santana concerns, especially considering the weak defense

14:45–Lonnie Chisenhall is now just a back-up

18:00–Carlos Santana has so much offensive plus

22:30–Steve begins his 2014 predictions: Can he match 2013?

26:15–A lot of talk about Francisco Lindor

32:45–Francona has earned the type of trust to move Lindor in the lineup without an injury

36:50–Lindor could play his way onto this team

38:12–David Murphy—get excited

40:00–Steve hates on Murphy and makes everyone sad

41:45–David Murphy or Eddie Murphy?

At this point…Orbanek goes off…Marco Polo…Rob Lowe and Eddie Murphy…

45:15–Mike loves right field, even though it’s not as sexy as Rob Lowe

48:15–The Indians model of signing free agents, and the issues.

52:00–Masterson would have been an investment

55:00–Jake Westbrook Rule

55:30–The Indians need to lock up young pitchers to long-term deals, and players in general…like John Hart

59:00–Salazar needs signed long-term

1:02–Mike the narcissist, and Jim gets him to say pooh-pooh

1:08:40–Mike talks Trevor Bauer and his new, moderate man-crush, and an old fanboy discussion on middle infielders

1:10–Michael Bourn watch

1:10:55–The plugs



Author: Jim Pete

Jim KNOWS that Albert Belle deserved the MVP, and that the false prophet, Mo Vaughn did not. He thinks that Mike and Greg Pruitt are truly related, because, c'mon, what are the chances? He cries at least once a day, watching videos of LeBron's block, followed by Kyrie's shot. He loves miracles at Richfield, Ron Harper, parking at Gate D, Alex Cole park dimensions, and the glorious Kenny Lofton, who is the REAL Alex Cole. When he isn't writing or talking Cleveland sports for EHC, he moonlights as a husband, father, coach, teacher, Twitter screamer, golfer, runner, and lover of spaghetti carbonara. He also commutes from Raleigh to the North Coast, because it builds character

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