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Dolan: Indians Won't Stand Pat

Indians' president Paul Dolan claims that the team will not stand pat this offseason despite the country's rough economy.

"As always, we will look to be opportunistic," said Dolan. "We will not pull back from where we ended last season. When we see an opportunity to improve the club, we won't be afraid to do it.

"We like the club we have right now. I'm sure we will add to it before spring training."

Cleveland's payroll at the beginning of the 2008 season was estimated to be around $79 million.

Via Cleveland Plain Dealer

Twins And Blake Progressing On Deal

The Twins and Casey Blake have made progress discussing the framework of a potential deal, length, and general salary range, his agent Jim McDowell said Thursday.

McDowell said eight teams expressed interest in Blake but only four, including the Twins, have discussed a contract.

Other teams with interest include the Indians and the Dodgers.

Via Star Tribune

Indians Pursuing Hoffman, Other Closers

The Indians want to sign reliever Trevor Hoffman, but they won't target just the former Padres' closer.

"If there's a back-end bullpen alternative out there, then we're going to explore it," GM Mark Shapiro told MLB.com on Friday.

Via MLB.com

Four Players Add Silver Slugger To Gold Glove

Minnesota's Joe Mauer, Boston's Dustin Pedroia, Cleveland's Grady Sizemore, and the New York Mets' David Wright added a Silver Slugger to their Gold Glove on Thursday.

The honor is given to the top offensive performers at their respective positions.

"It's a very prestigious award, and I am proud to win it, considering the people who vote for the award," Wright said in a statement. "This honor will help motivate me to an even better season in 2009."


Lee Wins AL Cy Young Award

Cliff Lee is a runaway winner for the AL Cy Young Award, capping a dominant comeback season that made him the second consecutive Indians lefty to earn the honor, as reported by the Associated Press on Thursday.

Via AP

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