Indians Spanning The Globe For Talent
Mike B. | On 10, Nov 2011
The Indians and Chris Antonetti have promised to put the best team they can on the field for 2012. The team is spanning the globe to exercise all their options. In recent days the Indians have been linked to two foreign players, at different ends of the earth, both looking to sign as free agents and join a Major League Baseball team.
According to MLBTradeRumors.com the Indians have interest in Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes, who is reportedly 26 years old, is regarded as the best power hitter in a generation of Cuban baseball. Cespedes has had favorable tournament appearances against MLB players.
Cespedes defected from Cuba to the Dominican Republic this summer and is expected to be granted free agency by Major League Baseball in the coming weeks. Several teams, including the Indians are traveling to the Dominican to watch his workouts. He currently has a professionally produced highlight video on the internet.
Meanwhile the Indians have expressed interest in Japanese, right-handed pitcher, Shinobu Fukuhara. Fukuhara is a 34-year old pitcher who is a free agent and welcome to sign with any team. Fukuhara posted a 2.59 ERA for the Hanshin Tigers in 2011, but had a 5.24 ERA from 2007-10. The Indians would most likely want Fukuhara to pitch out of the bullpen since their rotation is already full heading to next season.
Each player has a different role, potential, and right now, hemisphere, but the Indians again have to receive credit for leaving no stone unturned to build a winner for 2012…no matter how far that stone is from Progressive Field.
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