DALY: With the right players, Acta building a winner

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He has a fabulous shortstop (Asdrubal Cabrera) and a good-looking catcher (Carlos Santana) and left fielder (Michael Brantley) - none of them older than 25. He has some players in the pipeline (third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, second baseman Jason Kipnis and pitcher Drew Pomeranz) who he’s also excited about. And virtually every member of his pitching staff (Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin, closer Chris Perez, et al.) is in his mid- to late 20s.

“We were projected to contend next year,” Acta said, “but we’re in it this year. We’ll probably add a guy or two in the offseason, and then I seriously think we can become a force within two years. And I mean a force. “

By then, for the first time in his managing career, he might not be rebuilding anymore. The pieces might finally be in place. They’ll just be in place in Cleveland, instead of Washington.

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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