Found June 12, 2012 on
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Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal wrote today about possible MLB trades, and brought up an interesting proposal for the Indians-
“JUST A THOUGHT … And let’s be clear, this is my speculation only. But what about the Cubs’ Soriano to the Indians?
No NL team will want the defensively challenged Soriano, but the guy can still hit. In fact, he leads the majors with 12 homers since May 15 after hitting none in his first 30 games. The Indians struggle mightily against left-handed pitching, and Soriano could be a relatively inexpensive solution. The Cubs know that to move Soriano, they will need to pay the bulk of his remaining obligation — about $42 million through 2014.
Indians skipper Manny Acta managed Soriano for the Dominican Republic’s entry in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Indians DH Travis Hafner is in the final year of his contract; his deal includes a $2.75 million buyout on a $13 million option for 2013.”
Adding further intrigue, Rosenthal went on to say that rival executives expect the Indians to be aggressive-
“Rival teams expect the Indians to be aggressive; remember, the Tribe acquired right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez last summer to take advantage of a window that likely will remain open through next season, after which right fielder Shin-Soo Choo will be a free agent.
The Indians surely would prefer a more consistent, better-rounded player than Soriano. But the Cubs left fielder has a career .866 OPS against left-handers, and an .834 OPS against them this season.”
Would this be a move Cleveland fans could get behind?
[Related: OF Jeff Francoeur available]
BEST OF MAXIM
The Indians have announced that 3B Jack Hannahan will begin a rehab assignment for the Columbus Clippers tonight. The Clippers are at home for a series against Charlotte.
Hannahan is batting .276 with 3 home runs and 18 RBI this season. 772 OPS and .345 SLG.
According to manager Manny Acta, he will need four or five rehab games before being recalled. The most interesting question...
The highlight? How about Jose Lopez depositing a 100mph Chapman fastball into the RCF bleachers? That was about it. Brantley extended his hitting streak. Santana had a double. Oh, and Rogers made his Indians debut in relief. Threw a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Bot 1st: Cincinnati
- B. Phillips singled to center, W. Valdez scored
Top 4th: Cleveland...
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Chris Perez earned his MLB-best 20th save over the weekend, and it may have been his toughest of the season. On paper, it looked like a nice easy 4-1 win over the Cardinals where he had to do very little to secure the lead. As you can see from the video above, Perez’s usual celebration antics were toned down a bit on Saturday just before he...
Indians’ closer Chris Perez leads the MLB in saves with 20, and also seems to be one of the leaders in projectile vomiting as well.
He puked at least twice after clinching this save, and tried to laugh it off to no avail. Shelley Duncan played the role of the caring teammate by helplessly watching as the all-star closer dealt with some kind of sickness.
The video for your viewing...
The Indians added newly acquired right-handed reliever Esmil Rogers and optioned Matt LaPorta to Class AAA Columbus. LaPorta, 27, was batting .182 (2 for 11) since being promoted June 3 to replace outfielder Johnny Damon, who was placed on the Paternity List. LaPorta, who lost the first base job to 1B Casey Kotchman in a spring training competition, hit .307 in Columbus, with 14...
While the Cleveland Indians have been hindered by injuries, Jason Kipnis has stepped up.
Kipnis and the Indians look to continue their run Tuesday night when they open a three-game road series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Cleveland won two of three against Detroit and St. Louis last week as part of a nine-game road trip. Kipnis hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth Sunday...
You'll often hear about rookies who get so nervous before a big game, they spend some quality time with the clubhouse toilets evacuating their systems before they take the field -- or not so elequently put, they throw up. But Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez is far from a rookie. He has been in the league for nearly four years now and just yesterday captured his 20th...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Indians added right-handed reliever Esmil Rogers to their roster on Wednesday before a game against the Cincinnati Reds, giving Cleveland a full bullpen for the second game of the intrastate series.
Cleveland got Rogers from Colorado for cash on Tuesday. The 26-year-old reliever went 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA for the Rockies. Manager Manny Acta said the Indians...
Roster Update: Matt LaPorta was sent back to AAA Columbus today to make room for Jairo Asencio, oops, I mean Esmil Rogers. This should be fun while it lasts and by that I mean it shouldn't be any fun at all. It's not like LaPorta blew anyone away with his play since his callup, but it also isn't like they gave him a real chance. During his 8 days with the team he managed...
After closing out Sunday's Cleveland Indians/St. Louis Cardinals affair, Cleveland closer Chris Perez wasn't exactly feeling so hot.
Watch as Perez decides to upchuck some of the contents of his stomach onto the field at Busch Stadium:
More tomorrow. Tonight I’m tired.
WP: J. Cueto (7-3)
LP: J. Gomez (4-5)
Top 1st: Cleveland
- J. Kipnis singled to shallow left, S. Choo scored
Bot 3rd: Cincinnati...
Jordan Bastian has the story following the Indians’ loss in Cincinnati. Apparently Derek Lowe had some choice words about Reds manager Dusty Baker-
“Dusty will deny it. It has everything to do with him. You can go ask him. He’ll deny it like he has no idea. They’ve been trying to do this [stuff] for years. I’d always come up with men on base. To say it didn’t come from...
Every three years the Indians play the Cardinals in Interleague Play, which means the team of my childhood plays the team of my (somewhat immature) adulthood. The last time this happened was 2009—during the depths of the Tribe rebuild. I brought up my brother and his wife for a weekend series that saw the Indians take two of three from the Cardinals, along with me doing shots...
The Cleveland Indians have acquired right-hander Esmil Rogers from the Colorado Rockies for cash, hoping the reliever can get turned around in the American League.
The trade was completed shortly before the Indians started a three-game series against intrastate rival Cincinnati on Tuesday. A roster move will be made when Rogers joins the team.
Rogers went 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA in...
Heading into Tuesday’s games, the White Sox and Indians sit half a game apart atop of the American League Central division, with the expected division-winner Tigers five games back. This morning, Chris Cwik addressed the White Sox’ need to upgrade at third base to stay competitive in the division. The Indians need an upgrade as well–a big, powerful upgrade.