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Acta Optimistic About Cleveland's 2011 Season

Manny Acta is the longest-tenured 'head coach' in the city of Cleveland. Acta believes the Indians are capable of winning 81 games, something few expect.

"I think there are a lot of positive things going on around here," he said after the Town Hall. "If you look at the other 29 clubs, a lot of clubs would have loved to have the success we had in the mid-90s and 2005 and 2007. It's too bad a lot of people enjoy the negativity instead, and it's too bad they can't clone a million of me and put them in the middle of town."

Via MLB.com

Nationals, Indians Discussing Sizemore?

Phil Wood of MASN is reporting that the Nationals and Indians have had "conversations" about starting pitcher Fausto Carmona and outfielder Grady Sizemore.

Cleveland is looking to move salary and Sizemore will be eligible for free agency in 2012.

Sizemore, originally an Expos prospect, was traded to the Indians in 2002.

Via Phil Wood/MASN

Indians Still View Sizemore As Center Fielder

The Indians except Grady Sizemore to be ready by Opening Day and they have no plans of moving him away from center field.

It's unlikely that Sizemore will be ready for Spring Training.

He underwent microfracture surgery, something uncommon in baseball. Sizemore hasn't had any setbacks since June, but he just recently began baseball-related activities.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Pirates Trade Joe Martinez To Indians

The Pirates have traded pitcher Joe Martinez to the Indians in exchange for a player to named, or cash considerations.

Martinez, who was designated for assignment on December 21, posted a 3.12 ERA in five relief appearances with the Pirates in 2010 after being acquired from the Giants, along with outfielder John Bowker, in exchange for LHP Javier Lopez on July 31.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Alomar Confident He'll Make Hall Of Fame

Roberto Alomar is a candidate on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the second year.

He's confident that he'll receive enough votes for entry into Cooperstown this time around. He missed the cut by just eight votes last year.

"What can you do, it's out of my hands now?" Alomar said. "I [was] disappointed, but I feel good. Sometimes the writers have reasons not to vote for you. So you just have to deal with the situation. I had a lot of votes."

"I hope he gets in, he deserves to get in," said his older brother, Sandy Alomar Jr., a former big league catcher and a coach for the Indians.

Via MLB.com

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