5 Moves The Cleveland Indians Must Make To Contend For a World Series In 2016

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Oct 2, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Indians failed to live up to expectations, as predicted by Sports Illustrated, but in 2016, the Tribe will get another shot to end its championship draught.

Newly promoted president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti goes into the hot stove season with limits, as the Dolan family ownership won’t be sending any Brinks Armored Cars out to recruit any free agents.

But the argument could be made that this Indians team is within the realms of contention. Their young pitching staff is still coveted by most of baseball, and their bullpen remains to be solid. They have a young core of position players in tact and under control for the foreseeable future in Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Francisco Lindor.

Despite a slow start that included a 7-14 mark in April, the 2015 Tribe managed to finish one game over .500. With many of the same players expected to return next season, it’s not unreasonable to believe the Tribe can be in contention next season.

With these five tweaks, the Indians should be able to compete for a World Series in 2016.

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