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Day breaks: Carlos Santana, Ozzie Guillen and $1 billion

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 10, 2012

Makes perfect sense for the Indians to secure Carlos Santana for the next five years. Just like the deal for Asdrubal Cabrera.

The real question is: Are these guys cornerstones to a franchise? I am still not sold on either in that capacity. Good ballplayers, the kind you need to be successful, but I still don't see a player who scares the other team or who sells tickets.

Sheldon Ocker has said the Indians are trying to secure Shin-Soo Choo, too, but his agent, Scott Boras, is not known for having his players give away leverage in any deal. And I don't think he fits as a cornerstone player either.

I think the Indians are making good first steps, but don't be surprised that Santana or Cabrera are parts of future trades that GM Chris Antonetti uses to find cornerstone players.

Other thoughts:

* What was Ozzie Guillen thinking with this comments about Fidel Castro? His apology this morning was heartfelt but ...

* The Marlins suspended him for five games. My first thought is he is lucky to still have a job. 

* What was Bobby Petrino thinking? His apology earlier this week was heartfelt but ...

* I think I see a pattern here, and it has nothing to do with apologizes. Some people just aren't cut out to be leaders of men. See above examples.

* Isn't cool that a company that was 550 days old, Instagram, can be purchased for $1 billion by Facebook. Here is the New York Times story on the company.



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