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Indians quiet thus far at the winter meetings

By jcfortun Published: December 7, 2009

There has barely been a whisper online (unfortunately, I'm not there and just perusing the internet at the office) about the Cleveland Indians at this year's winter meetings, which started today.  I only write "barely" because of utility infielder Jamey Carroll.

Carroll hasn't ruled out a Cleveland return, but as MLB.com writer Anthony Castrovince notes, a return would make him one of the highest paid Indians.

A return is probably not likely, but stay tuned.

The Indians are expected to announce their new hitting coach soon, and that is expected to be Jon Nunnally, who was at triple A Columbus last year.

Not really surprising. Nunally is considered one of the best at recognizing the small tinkering a player(s) needs to make to be successful and getting the player(s) to actually make the adjustment.

Atleast, that is what a roving hitting instructor for the organization told me last season.

Winter meetings happenings thus far:

-- So far, the big acquisition is New York Yankees reliever Brian Bruney has been traded to the Nationals.

-- Carl Pavano is in talks for a multi-year deal with the Twins.

-- Former Indians reliever Rafael Betancourt has until Monday to accept arbitration from the Colorado Rockies.

-- Jason Bay, a British Columbia native with strong ties in Seattle,  was reportedly interested in joining the Mariners.  In the meantime the Angels have opened talks with Bay. First it was Chone Figgins, now its Bay.  Former Angels ace, and now free agent, John Lackey has also been attached to both teams.

The Mariners and Angels battles are already making the 2010 AL West battle interesting.

-- Tampa Bay Rays DH Pat Burrell has been connected to a three-team trade with the Chicago Cubs ( Milton Bradley would be involved) and New York Mets. Although those rumors have been denied.

-- Brady Penny could be a Cardinal soon.

-- The Tigers are expected to trade starting pitcher Edwin Jackson and centerfielder Curtis Granderson. Wouldn't be surprised if a certain pin-striped World Championship team, desperate for a center fielder, jumped on Granderson.

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