Cleveland Indians: 5 Key Spring Training Storylines to Follow

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Jan 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Newly acquired Cleveland Indians player Edwin Encarnacion speaks to the media during a press conference at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Newly acquired Cleveland Indians player Edwin Encarnacion speaks to the media during a press conference at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cleveland Indians enter the 2017 season as the defending American League champions. What storylines should fans be following during spring training?

The completion of the Super Bowl means it is once again baseball season, which couldn’t be better news for Cleveland Indians fans.

After a painful ending to the 2016 season, fans are ready for the Tribe to start up again in what should be another exciting season.

Pitchers and catchers report this Sunday, signaling the unofficial start of the season. The rest of the team must be in camp by next Thursday.

The Indians will head into this season with perhaps the highest expectations the team has faced since the late 90s, as anything short of a World Series berth would be considered surprising.

And after last year’s success was a bit unexpected, there are plenty of storylines heading into spring training that focus on many different players who will all factor in to the team’s success this season.

From new players to those returning, and those expected to return, questions still remain about whether the Indians can repeat last year’s success, or if it was just a fluke. The talent on the roster makes it seem like it can be repeated, but it all comes down to performance, and a little bit of luck.

Let’s take a look at five of the most notable storylines surrounding the Indians as the team prepares to head out to Arizona to begin the preseason.

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