Factory Lines: Indians Settle & Sign a Bat, Cavs Fail & Manziel Concerns


 

Back with our Factory Lines: A Daily Assembling of Cleveland Sports Headlines.

Cleveland Indians

Indians Settle Grievance with Nick Hagadone

According to a source, an agreement was reached in regard to the grievance filed on Hagadone’s behalf by the Major League Baseball Players Association over a decision made by the Indians in July 2012. The settlement included Hagadone receiving both service time and compensation for his time spent on the Minor League disqualified list two years ago.

While the grievance was not a huge deal, having discord with a player is never helpful for a team. The Indians and Hagadone were able to settle and move on from this. Hagadone is fighting for a roster spot this year but was a piece of the Victor Martinez trade.

Indians Bring in Former All Star LaHair

LaHair, who plays first base and the outfield, has spent three years in the big leagues with Seattle and the Cubs. He represented the Cubs in the 2012 All-Star game after hitting .286 (66-for-231) with 12 doubles, 14 homers and 30 RBI in the first half. The 6-5, 240-pound left-handed hitter lost his starting first base job to prospect Anthony Rizzo after the break and hit .202 (22-for-109) with five doubles, two homers and 10 RBI for the rest of the season.

A low risk signing, LaHair played in Japan for the past 2 years. Adding low risk minor league free agents is a key component for the Indians as they search for players to fill out their roster. Currently they have 23 invited to camp.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Effort was Terrible in a Loss to the Lakers

Key Play of the Game

Austin Carr pointed out before the game that the only way the Lakers could win this game was if they were given open looks from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers seemed for than happy to oblige. The Lakers started the game 6-6 from beyond the arc on their way to shooting a blistering 75 percent from deep for the first quarter and 48.6 percent for the game. The defensive improvement the Cavaliers showed early in the season has completely evaporated.

While the 3 point defense was a major issue, effort overall was lacking for the Cavs on this night. The team was down more then 20 points for most of the game until the backup unit brought them back to within 6 in the 4th quarter. How did they do it? Effort, the same kind the starters failed to provide.

Cleveland Browns

Some Not Sold on Manziel’s Work Ethic

“According to trusted sources, the Texans are initially leaning towards taking either Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel with the top pick. Although Manziel would obviously be the choice of owner Bob McNair, O’Brien is not sold that Manziel possesses the work ethic and intangibles necessary to be the face of a franchise,” wrote Lande, a former Rams and Browns scout.

The Browns have been linked to Manziel throughout the draft process so far. No one knows if this is smoke and mirrors or real love of Johnny Football. O’Brien’s opinion about his work ethic and intangibles is a warning sign. As Cavaliers faithful have seen with Kyrie Irving, talent alone is not enough. The leader of a team needs work ethic and the ability to lead. If Manziel does not have that it could be a bad sign for whoever drafts him.

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