Joel brings up a valid point in response to the post below.
Just how exactly did the Indians get better this off-season? And while the White Sox, Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays (and possibly the Twins) made improvements, just where does that place the Indians in the shuffle?
The Indians could be a 90-win team this year. They could also be a 70-win team.
To me, the X-factor is what the minor leagues produce during the season.
If the Tribe is forced to rely on Casey Blake, Aaron Boone, Ben Broussard, Jason Johnson and Danny Graves all season because the farm system can't offer any support, this could be a long year.
If some combination of Andy Marte, Ryan Garko, Andrew Brown, Fausto Carmona and Jeremy Sowers ride in like Grady Sizemore did last year, this could be a very dangerous team.
That's how the Indians are designed to operate. They live and die with their farm system. They gamble with prospects the same way richer teams gamble with their checkbooks.