Factory Lines: Indians Win; New GM Inspires; Chud Lands, No Thud

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

Cleveland Indians

Indians Win Arbitration Case Against Pestano

San Diego’s Andrew Cashner won and Cleveland’s Vinnie Pestano lost as pitchers split decisions Saturday in baseball’s first salary arbitration cases in two years.

Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley and right-handers Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlinare among the 13 players left in arbitration from among the 146 who filed last month, and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 20.

The Indians haven’t gone to a hearing since 1991. “Winning” these hearings may not be winning at all. With Pestano, who had a rough year as the presumed closer of the future, losing he could hold animosity toward the club that argued he wasn’t worth what he asked for.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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New GM David Griffin Inspires Team With Speech at Shootaround

David Griffin wants the Cavaliers to be happy, but that doesn’t mean the acting general manager thinks the NBA is all rainbows and unicorns.

Griffin has already delivered a stern message to the underachieving team, according to several insiders.

“I wouldn’t want to share what I told them,” Griffin said at an introductory press conference prior to the Cavs’ 91-83 overtime victory over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

The speech supposedly took place before the Wizards win. Griffin was said to of told the team 2 very clear messages: 1) Have fun and 2) If you don’t play hard you won’t be safe. Its good that Griffin can balance both. The team has to have fun but playing hard while having fun is a must.

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Chud Lands with No Thud

Good for Rob Chudzinski.

The one-and-done Cleveland Browns coach wound up with a good team, a great young quarterback, a good coach and a good organization when the Colts hired him as a special assistant Saturday.

He deserved it after what he went through this past season, where he was hired in his dream job, then given all the support of the bottom row of a deck of cards. Chudzinski won’t be the last guy blindsided in the NFL, but it’s not pleasant to see.

Pat McManamon is passionate when he writes, was when he was with Fox Sports Ohio and is now with ESPN. He obviously didn’t like how Chud was treated with the Browns, many did not. Hopefully this is a chance for Chud to learn under a good system and with a good QB so he gets another chance in the league. It seems that it wasn’t results that sank Chud’s Browns’ ship but behind the scenes and coaching aspects. He can learn a lot in Indy and good for him.

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Topics: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians

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