An opposing team's scout sizes up the Indians
THE INDIANS feel as if they can win the division, but they won't hit enough to do that.... Early on Aaron Boone was a little tentative when he moved laterally. He's chasing a lot of pitches and isn't quite caught up with the bat yet.... Filling the shoes of Omar Vizquel at shortstop is going to be a tall order for Jhonny Peralta. He showed power at the minor league level, but he might physically outgrow the position. If he puts on another 10 to 15 pounds, it may be time for a position change.... They resorted to Plan C in signing Kevin Millwood, a No. 3 or 4 starter, not a No. 2 like Matt Clement and Jon Lieber, who have difference-making stuff [and signed with other teams].... Their closer, Bob Wickman, has a history of elbow problems and has to be watched carefully.... C.C. Sabathia, the staff ace, will start the season on the DL with a strained abdominal muscle. That's a huge blow.... I don't know why they signed Juan Gonzalez. He doesn't fit the chemistry and the direction of this club. He's in the back nine of his career, and most of these guys are up-and-comers.
projected roster with 2004 statistics
3rd in AL Central
third season with Cleveland