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More roster news was announced later last night from Goodyear: The Cleveland Indians have decided to part ways with LHP David Huff and OF Ezequiel Carrera. Multiple outlets reported that Huff was told he will be traded shortly, while Carrera was designated for assignment.
The news comes on the heel of roster decisions earlier Monday afternoon that trimmed down the 25- and 40-man rosters. With other competitors lining up for the precious few remaining spots, these two both became as expendable as ever.
Huff, 28, was the Indians sandwich-round (39th overall) draft pick in 2006 out of UCLA. He had ample major league opportunities, highlighted by 23 starts in 2009, but never delivered on his early potential. He has a career MLB record of 18-26 with a 5.30 ERA in 55 games (52 starts). He pitched 26.2 innings for Cleveland in 2012, while only posting a 4.97 ERA in 134.0 IP in Columbus. After it was clear he wasn’t a contender for the No. 5 rotation spot, he hoped to shoot for a bullpen ro...
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Nick Swisher is ready to rock Cleveland. After four quietly terrific seasons in New York, Swisher is now taking his laughter and baseball delight to a dugout where he will be teamed up with old Yankee nemesis, Terry Francona. Swisher reminds me of cats--you either love him or hate him. The word, "douche" seems to come up a lot on Twitter from baseball fans and writers...
The Indians today announced that have released five players from their minor league contracts: shortstop Jairo Kelly, outfielder Chia-Ching Lin, outfielder Andrew Campbell, catcher Dwight Childs, and infielder Davis Stoneburner.
The first notebale release this spring is that of Jairo Kelly, a player that was signed in July of 2009 and came in as a high profile international signing...
Terry Francona has often described his managerial by saying he wants to put players in the best position possible to succeed.
Which sounds pretty esoteric.
It wouldnt seem smart to put guys in spots to fail (though it does happen).
But spend a few days with Francona in Goodyear and instances arise that demonstrate what the Indians new manager means. The examples relate to individuals...
The Indians made a couple more moves prior to Tuesday’s game, more or less finishing off some unfinished business over the weekend. Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps were both re-signed after being released in recent days. The Indians did this to avoid paying the two a $100,000 retention bonus. Obviously, the players wouldn’t have signed the deal if there wasn’t a mutual...
The Cleveland Indians have released right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. By releasing Matsuzaka the Indians can avoid paying him a $100,000 bonus. Matsuzaka was reunited with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona in Cleveland but dealt with cramping in his right calf. He was told last week th......
Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s reunion with Terry Francona was short lived.
The Cleveland Indians released the right-handed pitcher on Sunday. Matsuzaka was signed to a minor league deal on Feb. 10.
Matsuzaka pitched in four games with the Indians during spring training. He allowed 10 hits in eight innings, but surrendered just two runs for a 2.25 ERA. He struck out three and allowed one...
I’ll get to some actual predictions later this week, but today I thought I’d share with you some stat-lines I’ll be paying extra close attention throughout this year. Think of these as “leading indicators” for how successful each player’s season might be.
Michael Brantley’s On-Base Percentage – Given that he’s been in Cleveland since 2009, it’s pretty easy to...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps are staying with the Cleveland Indians.
The pair agreed to minor league contracts on Tuesday after being released from their previous deals with Cleveland. The Indians used the moves to get around the provision in baseball's labor contract that requires a 100,000 retention bonus if a player is not released by Tuesday or...
Bourn - CF (Carrera)
Aviles - SS (played whole game, later moved to LF)
Kipnis - 2B (Raburn)
Swisher - 1B (McGuiness)
Brantley - LF (Hernandez - SS)
Santana - C (Jeroloman)
Reynolds - DH (Gomes)
Chisenhall - 3B (Antonelli, Phelps - PH in 9th only, did not take field)
Stubbs - RF (Holt)
Jimenez - 7+ IP
Allen - 1 IP
Shaw - 1 IP
The story of the day was clearly Ubaldo...
The Cleveland Indians have formally agreed to terms with starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka and relief pitcher Matt Capps.
The terms of the deal were unannounced, but both deals were of the minor league variety and both players will report to Triple-A Columbus after the close of big league camp.
Per Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, it appears that — despite the luxury...
The Cleveland Indians' farm teams took on the affiliates of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in the eighth of 11 scheduled inter-organization preseason exhibition games. Trevor Bauer started for Columbus, T.J. House for Akron, Jacob Lee for Carolina and Luis DeJesus for Lake County, and Arthur has the details on how all of them did as well as several standout performances in the lineup.
Daisuke Matsuzaka made his final Cactus League start of the spring, working 5 1/3 strong innings in the Indians' 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Matsuzaka, who allowed two runs on five hits, will report to Triple-A Columbus when the Indians break camp. The Japanese right-hander is working his way back to the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June...
When Disuke Matsuzaka, from here on in to be referred to as Dice-K, arrived in Boston in 2007 his expectations were sky high. People expected the "gyro" ball pitcher from Japan to be the Japanese version of Pedro Martinez from the Dominican Republic. The $100 million price tag, $50 for the rights to talk to him and $50 million over a 5 year deal made Dice-K the most expensive...
Batter of the Month
1995 left fielder Albert Belle spent the month of April pummeling opposing pitchers hitting to the tune of .371. His 11 home runs and outstanding 31 RBI were worthy of the Player of the Month Award.
In 1995 Belle led the Indians to the playoffs for the first time in 41 years and the Indians won the AL pennant before losing in six games to the Atlanta Braves...
Daisuke Matsuzaka's bid to bounce back from injuries and poor performances may be over. The Cleveland Indians released the 32-year old pitcher yesterday. Matsuzaka was contemplating returning to pitch in Japan if he could not find Major League work. That might be his best option now.
The Indians today released RHP DIASUKE MATSUZAKA from his Minor League contract that...