What will this year’s Goon Squad look like?
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Since Terry Francona joined the team, the Cleveland bench has played a significant role in the Tribe’s success.
Utility man Mike Aviles is back to provide some stability at seemingly every position, and Ryan Raburn looks to bounce back from what was a disappointing 2014 campaign. Roberto Perez will rejoin the fray as the backup for Yan Gomes.
Since Francona likes to keep additional arms out in the bullpen, there may only be room for one more on the bench. That spot will probably go to David Murphy, at least until the Tribe figures out what his role is after the addition of Moss this offseason.
No matter who fills out this year’s Goon Squad, the Tribe will need similar production to compete in 2015.
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