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Indians' Outfield Plans Change

Grady Sizemore ... future remains bright.

The Indians went into the off-season with no intention whatsoever of signing a free-agent corner outfielder who could come in and challenge for a starting job.<br><br> In fact, one of their goals was to unload one they did have, starting left-fielder Matt Lawton and his $7 million contract.<br><br>

With Coco Crisp, Casey Blake, Ryan Ludwick and Grady Sizemore available to start the season, and hopefully Jody Gerut back from his knee injury by late May, the Indians seemed pretty well set not only on the corners, but in center field as well. Then the Tribe got an unexpected opportunity. Former two-time American League MVP Juan Gonzalez, who spent the 2001 season with Cleveland, became...

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