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So I was trying to start this preview off by harkening back to the last glory days of Cleveland in the mid 90′s so I searched for “Indians team picture 1997″, and this was one of the top results with no team picture in sight. I guess it is pretty fitting seeing as how this is a preview of a Cleveland sports team. Well the Indians never could turn that talent in the mid 90s into a championship and haven’t come close since. There has been some serious talent come through Cleveland during that time including Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia, Grady Sizemore (pre-injury), Bart Colon, Victor Martinez, Brandon Pihillips, etc. I’m sure that lists grates at Cleveland fans thinking about what might have been. Well Cleveland spent the off season trying to fill the talent gap again and they’ve done a pretty good job at doing so.
So what did they do?
Major Off-Season Moves:
Signed OF Michael Bourn
Signed OF/DH Nick Swisher
Acquired OF Drew Stubbs via trade from Reds
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This shouldn’t be too surprising to folks keeping up-to-date with all the latest Spring Training news, but it is worth emphasizing again: odds are that free agent Daisuke Matsuzaka won’t make the Indians’ final 25-man roster.
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The Cleveland Indians are very concerned about the shoulder strain suffered by their closer Chris Perez and rightfully so. Perez is the one guy the Indians depend on to come in and close the game, of course that is after the best set-up man in the major leagues Vinnie Pestano sets the table for him. Just a day ago I had the pleasure of listening to Perez interviewed on the big...
The Cleveland Indians have announced that closer Chris Perez
has suffered a right shoulder strain, an injury that is expected to sideline
him for the next three to four weeks.
Chris Perez has a strain of the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder.Won't throw for the next 7-10 days & will not pitch in the WBC
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) March 1, 2013
I’m going to be honest with you: I have my misgivings about advanced defensive metrics—especially those that are publicly available to schmoes like you and me. 1 It’s not that I think the methodology behind these stats is flawed or that the approach itself is a silly one—it’s just that all these metrics seem a bit too reliant on two somewhat flimsy inputs.
Though the pitching wasn’t pretty, the Indians salvaged a 9-7 victory in the late innings on Friday against the White Sox. Justin Masterson struggled, but a cast of non-regulars were the difference as Cord Phelps, Matt Carson, and Mike McDade had good games to lead the Indians to victory.
Chris Perez has been shut down for 3-4 weeks. The Indians are saying it's due to a shoulder strain. Seems pretty coincidental that Chris Perez rocks a mullet and there's a guy with a "business on top, party in the back" haircut on The Amazing Race this season. I'm calling BS. "Yeah, what's up?" Sorry, didn't mean to actually call BS. ...
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In this edition of Promising Prospects, I will showcase three guys who all have elite potential. Each have taken different roads to get where they are, but they all have the same goal, get to the majors.
Trevor Bauer P, CLE
Age: 22Bats: RThrows: R6’1, 185Highest Level: MLBMLB ETA: 2013
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