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Indians' Ryan Merritt: Not quite ready for MLB rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Merritt will likely begin the 2017 campaign as a starting pitcher for Triple-A Columbus, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Merritt appeared in four regular season games for the Tribe in 2016, but only one of those was as a starter (he also picked up a start in the post season). With no open spots in the rotation, the only option for Merritt to make the Opening Day roster would be as a reliever. However, the 24-year-old southpaw is a natural starter, and the wise decision is to not derail him from his projected path. Merritt will almost certainly pick up a handful of spot starts for the Indians in 2017, but projects to have a much bigger role in the foreseeable future. The crafty Merritt is well-suited for dynasty drafts.

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Indians' Corey Kluber: Not guaranteed to be ready by Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kluber, who will be on a strict limit this spring, may not be ready to start on Opening Day, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

Manager Terry Francona isn't ready to name his ace the Opening Day starter, and said the club is "slowing" the right-hander down early in camp. "If he's not ready for Game 1, we can adjust," Francona added. Although it's unclear how serious Francona is -- and it's extremely hard to imagine Kluber won't take the hill on Opening Day -- it's not difficult to read between the lines on the manager's message. Playoffs included, Kluber has logged more than 700 innings over the last three years, and Francona is making it clear that he'll protect Kluber's arm this season. He's still an elite fantasy option, but his value could take a slight hit if Kluber won't be guaranteed another 215-plus innings and multiple opportunities to notch complete games (he's had 10 over the last three years).

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Indians' Andrew Miller: Will return to setup role
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Miller will return to a setup role this season as Cody Allen remains the closer, Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Miller served well in a setup role last season as part of a deadly combination with Allen. Acquired from the Yankees at the trade deadline, the tall left-hander posted a 1.55 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP over 26 games, helping Cleveland capture the AL pennant. Miller's numbers will obviously make him a top reliever in some formats, but it's unlikely he will be able to rack up saves on a consistent basis.

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Indians' Cody Allen: Will remain closer
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Allen will remain the closer for Cleveland this year as Andrew Miller returns to the setup role, Chris Assenheimer of the Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Manager Terry Francona said he still likes the idea of having Allen as the end point in the bullpen. Hence, despite the luxury of having Andrew Miller for a full season, it appears there won't be any changes from the order that won the AL pennant last year. Allen converted 32 saves in 35 opportunities in 2016 and proved deadly against right-handers, compiling a .139 BAA. With Miller in front of him to protect the lead, expect continued success from the closer.

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Indians' Michael Brantley: Advancing in rehab program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brantley (shoulder) has advanced to the soft-toss stage of his hitting program, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

It's another step in the long recovery journey for Brantley, who still hopes to be ready for Opening Day. The coaching staff is being precautionary with the rehabilitation process and there haven't appeared to be any setbacks at this point in time. However, until there's a firmer timetable in place, it's hard to pinpoint when he'll return to live game action.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGJose Ramirez , 3B.312
HRMike Napoli , 1B34
RBIMike Napoli , 1B101
OBPCarlos Santana , DH.366
SLGCarlos Santana , DH.498
RFrancisco Lindor , SS99
SBRajai Davis , CF43
WCorey Kluber , SP18
ERACorey Kluber , SP3.14
WHIPCorey Kluber , SP1.06
KCorey Kluber , SP227
SVCody Allen , RP32

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