WHAT THEY NEEDED: After the departure of four starters, they were looking for arms, and a second baseman to replace Tony Fernandez and Bip Roberts.
WHAT THEY GOT: New pitchers Dwight Gooden and Steve Karsay. Travis Fryman steps in for Matt Williams at third, shortstop Shawon Dunston is the new second baseman. Kenny Lofton returns to center after a year in Atlanta.
WHAT IT ALL MEANS: The Indians are one of the rare World Series teams that got better over the winter Lofton, if he returns to form, is an upgrade from Marquis Grissom and has loads of potential. Dunston could struggle at a new position, but he's a vet with a good attitude and a good bat.