Morning News and Notes, December 8, 2016 Two big Indians news items yesterday, neither of which came from the Winter Meetings. First, the Indians have set the date for Tribe Fest, a day of hope and fun in the midst of the bleakness of winter. Second, the playoff shares have been set and each player getting a full share gets to cash a check for a cool quarter million. Meanwhile, the...
The Indians’ front office is hard at work today, signing a pair of veterans and making two trades. Cleveland signed free agent center fielder Kenny Lofton to a three-year deal and Dwight Gooden to a two-year tender. It marked a reunion for the Indians with Lofton, who inked a $24 million pact. Gooden signed for $5.675 million. Now expendable, they also traded center fielder Marquis...
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Looking to the future seems to be the sudden trend within the AL Central. The lone exception is the AL-champion Indians, who are built to win now and conceivably for the next several seasons.
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Indians are swinging high and swinging low but nothing is landing. While the Cleveland Indians are reportedly working on a deal for Edwin Encarnacion, that does not mean they are not going after small targets as well. Alongside Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday, two players we already knew the Indians were trying to sign, Jon Heyman is reporting that they also offered a one-year contract...
Each winter when Tribe Fest arrives, Indians fans know that another season is right around the corner. Cleveland's followers can now mark their calendars and begin counting down the day's until the team's marquee offseason event. On Wednesday, the American League-champion Indians announced that Tribe Fest 2017 will be held from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET on Jan. 28 at the Intercontinental...
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Don’t be afraid of intradivisional trades. According to ESPN’s transaction tracker, the the Cleveland Indians have made 46 trades since 2002. Give or take one or two. Of those, five have been with an AL Central team, pretty evenly spread around the division. Only the Tigers haven’t swapped for a Tribe player. Adding to that, The only player of real consequence that was moved...
After their remarkable season, the Cleveland Indians are set to return the majority of their players from last year’s team for the 2017 season. However, there are a few key players that haven’t yet been resigned by the team. One of these players is designated hitter/first baseman Mike Napoli. Although he has reportedly met with the Indians and a handful of other teams, it is...
The closer market is heating up, Mike Napoli may stay in Cleveland, and Brett Gardner is not unlike a couch.
Adding a first baseman is a priority for the Indians this offseason, but Cleveland is also exploring the market for added depth in the outfield. Versatility and speed are the main attributes sought by the Tribe, which received just that from veteran Rajai Davis last season.
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The Indians met with first baseman Mike Napoli’s camp yesterday and tried to hammer out a one-year deal to re-sign the slugger, tweets MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. While Napoli has reportedly had a three-year asking price this winter, Bastian notes that he hears Napoli might’ve already re-signed with Cleveland if the front office had pushed its offer to two years. Bastian goes...
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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Bart Swain of the Cleveland Indians has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence in the major leagues.The honor was presented Monday at the winter meetings.Swain has worked 25 seasons with the Indians, the past 22 as the main media contact for Indians players, managers, coaches and baseball operations.Swain has led the team's efforts for...
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The fluke finger injury sustained by Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer prior to the start of the American League Championship Series with the Toronto Blue Jays garnered plenty of negative attention to the young right-handed starter, as his pinkie laceration became another blow to a rotation already down two of its top three starting pitchers. Bauer’s injury may have...
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Perception is a funny thing. Sometimes what you’re getting and what you think you’re getting are two totally different things. On the contrary, sometimes you can get the same thing from an unlikely source as an established one. Consider the two players available on the free agent market, and their 2016 statistics: Player A: .222/.321/.499, .346 wOBA, 112 wRC+, 32 percent K rate...
Edwin Encarnacion may have a new suitor. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Cleveland Indians have checked in on Encarnacion. Sources: Cleveland has checked in on Edwin Encarnacion. Perfect fit as RH power in LH-heavy lineup. Question is: Would they spend the money? — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 5, 2016 On paper, Encarnacion would be a replacement for...
Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Cleveland Indians farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which...
The luscious blond locks of Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez are gone. Ramirez posted an image of himself to Twitter on Saturday showing his reversion back to a normal, plebeian hairstyle. Back to basics pic.twitter.com/dzDoRfaxvM — Jose Ramirez (@MrLapara) November 26, 2016 The Indians' official Twitter account definitely appeared to be less than thrilled to receive...
Trevor Bauer is known to have some fun on Twitter. Normally chiding other players and making baseball fun for everyone who watches. Turns out he was also paying attention in math class and capable if dispensing knowledge when needed. It started out simple enough. Bauer didn’t have to answer the initial tweet but after he did, it opened up the floodgates. Suddenly, the pressure...
Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is an educated man. He majored in mechanical engineering at UCLA. When Bauer isn’t pitching, he’s building drones and helping students with their math homework on Twitter. Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) helped someone on Twitter with their math homework on a Friday night. pic.twitter.com/4hOzUpHT9U — Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) November 12...
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