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If there ever was a good time to be a Cleveland Indians fan, it’s right about now. It wasn’t all that long ago that team president, Mark Shapiro, was warning prospective season ticket holders to temper their expectations for a winning club. Now, on top of an offseason that saw the club acquire Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, and Trevor Bauer, the Clevelands have announced significant rollbacks on concession prices. We’re talking about $4 for a 12 oz. beer.

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Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

2012 Record: 68-94, 4th AL Central
2012 Pythagorean Record: 64-98
Impact Player: C Carlos Santana
Impact Pitcher: RHP Justin Masterson
Top Prospect: SS Francisco Lindor 

Significant Acquisitions: 1B/RF Nick Swisher, CF Michael Bourn, RHP Brett Myers, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, DH/1B Mark Reynolds, OF Drew Stubbs, RHP Matt Capps, RHP Bryan Shaw, RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP Matt Albers, IF Mike Aviles

Significant Departures: RF Shin-Soo Choo, DH Travis Hafner, 1B Casey Kotchman, 3B/1B Jack Hannahan, OF/1B Shelley Duncan, OF Johnny Damon, RHP Derek Lowe, RHP Esmil Rogers

Cleveland had, by all accounts, an excellent 2012-13 offseason. They started it off by acquiring potential future ace Trevor Bauer in a three-team trade that saw the exodus of longtime rightfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Then, they swooped in and signed two of the best free agents on the market in Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn—both at deals which could be considered below market value.

They made incremental improvements to their team overall by acquiring Daisuke Matsuzaka and noted awful human Brett Myers to bolster their rotation while also adding some intriguing bullpen pieces in Bryan Shaw (also in the Bauer-Choo trade), Matt Albers and Matt Capps.

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San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

So much for Drew Stubbs! According to Jon Heyman, public face of Boras Corp, Scott Boras client Michael Bourn agrees to terms with the Cleveland Indians on a four-year deal worth $48 million, with an option for a fifth year that would push the deal to $60 million total.

Scott Boras always gets his man even if it is for less than previous anticipated.

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Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

The Cleveland Indians have signed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor-league deal, according to Jon Heyman. Yesterday, the team added Jason Giambi to a similar deal that will pay the veteran $750,000 if he makes the team.

Dice-K, who underwent Tommy John surgery in June of 2011, pitched in 11 games for the Red Sox last season, compiling a 1-7 record with a 8.28 ERA, 5.94 FIP and 4.84 xFIP. He did however show signs of his former self in his sixth start, throwing seven innings against the Royals in late August, allowing just one unearned run while striking out six.

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The Cleveland Indians are in search of a designated hitter. Mark Reynolds could DH for the Cleveland Indians, but the club is going to let him wear a glove and stand near first base. The Cleveland Indians had a DH in Travis Hafner, but they declined his option for 2013. The Cleveland Indians are reportedly considering signing Jim Thome or, get this, Travis Hafner to fill their need for a DH.

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The Cleveland Indians have made a splash into the free agent market, agreeing to a contract with outfielder Nick Swisher, according to the New York Daily News.

The deal is reportedly a four year contract worth $56 million, with a $14 million vesting option in 2017, making the contract worth up to $70 million.

The 32-year outfielder, who played baseball at Ohio State University, paid a visit to Cleveland earlier this week, and was given the superstar treatment by the Indians front office, in hopes of convincing him that a homecoming would be the best decision for himself and his family.

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There has been a lot of talk this off-season about windows. Such and such a team is trying to keep their window for contention open for another year while this team over here is not quite ready to compete. The idea of a window is any given team — the players which makes up their core — has a finite period of time which they can expect to contend for the playoffs and beyond.

This concept is a decidedly middle-class problem. The Yankees window has been open since 1995. The Pirates live in a dark, windowless room into which no light or joy or hope may enter. The Royals pulled the trigger on significant trade, confounding pundits who believed their window to not yet be open. The Blue Jays overhauled their roster, emptying their farm system to move up their timeline for competitiveness from “never” to “now.”

Cleveland made a significant trade a few weeks back, trading their best player to Cincinnati as well as key members of their bullpen in a three-way deal which netted the Tribe center fielder Drew Stubbs, top prospect Trevor Bauer and some bullpen detritus.

A great trade for one year of Choo but Cleveland will surely be worse in 2013 than they were in 2012. Is now the time to load up for with a big free agent buy? Cleveland sure thinks so, going all out in pursuit of hometown boy Nick Swisher.

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