Indians Ready for Season Opener Tuesday

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(AP) - Toronto may be the talk of the AL East, but the Cleveland Indians also had an active offseason. Cleveland spent $117 on free agents, a big-ticket spending spree that brought in All-Star outfielder Michael Bourn, first baseman Nick Swisher, right-hander Brett Myers and slugger Mark Reynolds.

The Indians also traded for outfielder Drew Stubbs and infielder Mike Aviles and signed slugger Jason Giambi, infielder Ryan Raburn and left-hander Scott Kazmir.

"I like what they've done," Gibbons said.

So does Swisher, who signed a four-year, $56 million contract - the largest for a free agent in Indians history.

"We've done a good job," Swisher said. "You've got to tip your hat to the front office for the team they've put together. They've put together an exciting team, a team with a lot of speed."

There's also a new manager in Terry Francona. The former Red Sox skipper is back on the bench after a working as a TV broadcaster last season.

"I like this group a lot," Francona said. "It's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to this group to see just how good we can get."

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