June 3, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (24) (right) and first baseman Nick Swisher (33) head to the dugout after scoring during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
#3. Can Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher bounce back?
There were lofty expectations last season after the Indians shocked the world and signed Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. And while the Indians ultimately made it to the post season, it’s hard to say it was the result of the play by their two prized signing. Both Swisher and Bourn struggled throughout the 2013 season with inconsistent performance and injuries. Swisher dealt with a sore shoulder early on and struggled mightily hitting out of the cleanup spot. He didn’t finally come around until Terry Francona made the decision to move him up into the two spot. Bourn on the other hand started out great, and then tailed off as the season progressed, culminating in a dismal wild card game. Both have come out and said they placed too much pressure on themselves and should be bounce back. We’ll see. Solid showings in spring training would aid in building their confidence. However, getting out of spring training healthy should be the primary concern.