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5 Reasons for Cleveland Indians Fans to Be Thankful Heading into 2014

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5 Reasons for Cleveland Indians Fans to Be Thankful Heading into 2014

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David Richard- USA TODAY Sports

A turnaround like the one the Cleveland Indians had from 2012 to 2013 doesn't get much better, although it will be hard to improve that much again in 2014, they will improve, and there's many reasons for Tribe fans to be thankful going in to the 2014 season. From new additions, familar faces and gained experience, your Cleveland Indians will be back bigger, and better than ever in 2014.

Terry Francona came in and reshaped the entire organization, making it one with a winning pedigree, but even he admittingly said he didn't know how far this team could go. There will be changes going in to this season, some good, some possibly bad, but The Indians will compete again in 2014. With Detroit losing Jim Leyland, and giving a chance to rookie manager Brad Ausmus, one can only think that this may be the year the Indians finally win their division again.

With the likes of Jason Kipnis, Justin Masterson and Nick Swisher, The Indians have the basis of a very good baseball team. But if you're one of those people who are still annoyed at their playoff exit, and left wondering what there is to be optimistic about next season, then look no further. Here's five reasons for all Tribe fans to be thankful for going in to the 2014 season.

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5. Chris Perez Has Been Released

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Chris Perez and Tribe fans have had their issues in the past, but this year he produced error after error, with the occasional ordinary moment. Cleveland fans will be happy they've decided to let him go. Hopefully they will find a better closer, or promote from within the bullpen.

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4. The Indians Spent Big Money in 2013 And Will Again in 2014

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In 2013, the Indians handed out big contracts to the likes of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. Increased revenue means the Indians will spend big once again. Why would they invest in players like that, to pad the roster with below par players the year after? Expect big money players to join The Tribe

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3. The Indians Have A Huge List of Free Agents to Choose From

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There's obvious weaknesses across the roster, luckily there's a ton of top free agents for the Indians to pursue. Expect them to go after pitching ace Matt Garza, or someone of a similar pedigree.

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2. Veteran Jason Giambi is Coming Back For One More Season

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Jason Giambi is tipped to be an MLB manager some day. Luckily, he brought his wealth of knowledge to Cleveland last year, and he has been offered another year of doing so for his beloved Tribe. A great bat, a great locker room personality and a future coach, it doesn't get better than that, right, Tribe fans?

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1. Terry Francona Gets Better With Each Year

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Terry Francona is the type of manager that always improves his team. So after one amazing transformation, it's scary to think how good the Indians could be next season. In 2012, they had an abysmal season in which they finished fourth, with 68 wins and 94 losses. They turned that right around and in 2013, finished second, gaining a wild-card spot, with 92 wins and 70 losses. With that massive improvement in such a little time, it certainly makes you wonder what's coming in 2014, doesn't it?