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Cleveland sports thoughts
March 12, 2014 - Zach Baker
So, the Browns hit the free agent market with a pair of big name signings.
They signed safety Donte Whitner, a Buckeye and former 49er. They signed linebacker Karlos Dansby of the Arizona Cardinals.
Both are impact players.
Of course, it could be argued the Browns lost two impact players from those same positions. Safety T.J. Ward left Cleveland's secondary for Denver's, while D'Qwell Jackson, a linebacker who probably ranks in the top five of "new" Browns draft picks since 1999, was cut and went to Indianapolis.
I do believe that, despite Dansby being older, he is an upgrade at the linebacker spot. I'm not convinced Whitner is any better than Ward.
But even so, the Browns replaced two good players with two good players.
Now, what about those other 41 or so spots?
Honestly, I believe only one Brown on the current roster is great -- receiver Josh Gordon. And even he has concerns that circle over him, due to off the field issues.
Joe Haden is really good. Great? No, not quite. Visions of the Jacksonville game this past season still haunt my nightmares. That's right, they scare my nightmares.
Point is, the Browns still have work to do. Lots of work, and that will extend well beyond May's draft.
The Indians really seem to be giving Carlos Santana a shot at third base.
Two things trouble me about this:
Are the Indians that certain that Yan Gomes isn't another Einar Diaz?
And, can Santana be counted on to play third five times a week?
If he is, then Lonnie Chisenhall is as good as gone to Columbus. Matt Treanor makes the team as backup catcher. Most of the lineup is set.
But let's say Santana only can play third sporadically. Does Chisenhall retain a roster spot and start a few games? Is that something that will benefit him or the club?
Do the Indians carry three catchers, or does Santana still catch a few times a week?
Can Santana be the everyday DH, and does that mean David Murphy is a full time outfielder?
Too many questions for a contender. But I'd have thought the same thing a year ago, and Terry Francona made it work.
--- The Cavs are a mess. Not sure what, if anything, can turn this season around.
My guess is the organization gets blown up when the season ends. New coach. New GM.
And no LeBron. Let's just accept it.
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