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Tribe Keeps Smith Over Young Pitchers

Corey Smith ... worth keeping on roster?

The Cleveland Indians look at Corey Smith and see a young man with tremendous bat speed and hard-to-find right-handed power.<br><br> I look at Smith and see a highly-overrated youngster whose lack of offensive production has been overshadowed only by his defensive shortcomings.<br>

The Cleveland Indians considered him a player worthy of being kept on their 40-man roster. I view his inclusion on the roster as a total waste of vital space that might very well have been better used to keep either Daniel Denham or J.D. Martin, two of the talented quartet of high school pitchers selected high in the 2001 draft. As a result of Smith being protected, either Denham, the team's...

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