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2015 AL Central preview: Cleveland Indians

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Mar 23, 2015; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (17) before a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Indians have won at least 86 games the last two seasons and would surprise no one to finish around that again. They have one of the best managers in all of baseball and a lot of players with high ceilings, and I have them finishing 3rd in the AL Central.

On offense, bounce back years from Kipnis and Bourn are a must. In the rotation, Carrasco must be consistent and Bauer has to finally show the potential every feels he has.

The one area that is of no concern for this team is the bullpen. Allen should once again be one of the best closers in all of baseball and the options arms to help get the ball to him in the ninth are deep.

It would be no surprise at all if the Indians win the AL Central this season but with so many guys without track records playing important roles, I say they fall just a bit short of their destination.

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