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All-Aught Indians: #1 Starter: CC Sabathia (2001-2008)

 

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia had a lot on his shoulders when he was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Indians in 1998.  The Tribe had been looking for an ace to go along with their vaunted 1990’s offense, and signing free agents just wasn’t working.  While Sabathia, a high school phenom, didn’t join the Indians in 1998, the big lefty was certainly fast-tracked to the majors. By 2001, he was a full-time starter with the Indians, and by 2007, he was the Cy Young award winner they had envisioned when they drafted him.  No, Sabathia wasn’t the answer to the great Indians run in the 90′s and early 2000′s, but he certainly was everything the Indians thought he would be, and more.

The All-Aught Indians Ace is CC Sabathia.

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All-Aught Indians: #3 Starter: Bartolo Colon (2000-2002)

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon was a free agent signing by the Indians, and came up as one of their top pitching prospects, but was overshadowed in those early years by another bright young gunner, Jaret Wright.  Wright seemed to be the future ace of the staff in 2007, going 8-3, and starting game seven of the World Series in 2007. Colon made his debut that same year, going 4-7, with an ERA near 6.00.  Wright stuck around with the club through the 2002 season, struggling with injuries and mechanics problems.  Colon also “lasted” until the 2002 season with the Tribe, but became the ace of the staff, as well as one of the best pitchers in baseball.

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Orbiting Cleveland: Should Colon be an option?

OrbitingOn Monday, the Cleveland Indians’offseason took its latest turn when the team announced it had extended a $14 million qualifying offer to free agent right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

By all accounts, the qualifying offer was a good move. Jimenez now has until Nov. 11 to accept or reject the offer. If he accepts it, he will be bound to the Indians for one year at $14 million. If he declines and signs with another team, the Tribe receives an additional 2014 draft pick at the end of the first round.

That, my friends, is what you call covering your bases.

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