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The Spin Cycle: What would YOU do if you were the GM?

David Murphy

David Murphy

What is going on with the Cleveland Indians?

They clearly aren’t going to be doing anything this offseason since they haven’t made a major move since the David Murphy signing on November 25th.

Look, it’s December 15th, and the while “the rest” of Major League baseball are busy spending ludicrous amounts of money on the rather adequate 2013-2014 free agent pool, the Tribe has been busy sitting on their hands over the past several weeks.

Okay, so they really haven’t been sitting on their hands. They’ve been working the phones of several agents and GMs searching for the right mix of player and money. That’s clearly a finicky job for a team like the Erie Warriors, who are already at or near their soft pay ceiling as they try to fill out their 2014 roster.

Last season, Chris Antonetti had a similar difficult path in front of him, but had more dollars to work with. Last year, even with Terry Francona in tow, Antonetti had to convince a free agent or two to actually come to Cleveland.

He had some advantages last year with most of the rest of the big league front offices trying to figure out the ramifications of the group of players that had turned down their qualifying offers, costing a team signing them their first round pick.

The Tribe didn’t have to worry about that pick because theirs was protected, so when you combine that with some financial flexibility, Terry Francona and a Free Agent who’s more or less from Ohio and attended Ohio State, you had a perfect storm of sorts.

Past that though, Francona and Antonetti were able to do some other things prior to their January 3rd Nick Swisher signing.

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Cleveland Sports Insiders: The Podcast 62: Ubaldo, Benoit and a podcast about nothing

The Cleveland Indians exited the Winter Meetings having allegedly made a few offers, without actually getting a reply to any of those offers. With the hot stove season coffers still sitting mostly empty other than the David Murphy signing, what is Chris Antonetti’s plans for the Indians’ future?

What’s going on with Ubaldo Jimenez, and might he return to the Indians before it’s all said and done?

Why are the Indians and Terry Francona adamant about bringing in a closer such as Joaquin Benoit, Fernando Rodney or John Axford, and is the fact that they have to a fundamental flaw in the Indians make-up, from top to bottom?

What will the rest of the hot stove season bring to the Indians, or are they going to sit back and relax until February?

Join Michael Hattery and Jim Pete, as they do some hot stove dancing, and even talk a little Eeyore and Droopy Dog.

No…not kidding.

Listen, right here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our pods at the CSI Radio page!