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If I told you that a particular player had a career 15.4% walk rate, 18.0% strikeout rate, and 17.7% line drive rate, you’d think he was a .280 hitter. Nope. That player is Carlos Santana and in 1,459 career plate appearances he’s just a .247 hitter.Honestly, I can’t figure out why. His 17.7% line drive rate is a few points lower than the league average (typically 20-21%), but his walk rate is phenomenal and his strikeout rate isn’t too shabby either. Last year Santana was downright filthy with a 14.9% walk rate, 16.6% strikeout rate, and 19.1% line drive rare and he still batted just .252.Our xBA formula takes into account more than just those three factors, though, and Santana’s xBA took a major hit thanks to a higher-than-average 11.5% infield fly rate and some sub-par foot speed. I still believe that one of these years we’ll see Santana put it all together and post a BABIP north of last year’s .278 mark, and I’m willing to gamble that we see that as soon as 2013.At a GlanceStren...
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With Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jiménez and the newly acquire Brett Myers locking down spots one-through-three in the Cleveland Indians’ rotation, general manager Chris Antonetti says that Zach McAllister has a “leg up” on winning one of the final two spots as the team heads into Spring Training.
McAllister, the 25-year old right-hander, will have his fair share of competition...
The Indians sent shockwaves through the baseball world last evening when it was announced that the team had come to terms with free agent outfielder Michael Bourn. On paper, it seems as if the Tribe is definitely a much improved team, and some fans are even labeling the Indians as a potential playoff team. But just how much have the Indians improved following the Bourn signing and...
The Cleveland Indians released their promotional schedule for the 2013 regular season, and as expected it is rife with giveaways, discounted food and fireworks.
Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley will be given the replica jersey treatment this season along with newly acquired outfielder-turned-first baseman Nick Swisher. For Hall of Fame weekend, the Indians will be presented with...
The Cleveland Indians had a busy weekend, adding two MLB veterans on minor league deals before reporting to camp. Jason Giambi was in the running to become the next manager for the Colorado Rockies earlier this winter, but after he lost out to Walt Weiss, he decided he wanted to continue his playing career, which he will have the chance to do with the Indians, and he’ll make $750K...
This season the Indians have committed (we use the term loosely as the Tribe could always flip these deals) $117 million dollars to free agents. The past three off-seasons, Cleveland has spent just over $11 million total to free agents. This fact was not lost on players, current and former.
That’s why Michael Bourn’s deal was a big surprise to Cleveland fans, as well as some...
It's official...Daisuke Matsuzaka and Terry Francona are back together.The Japanese right-hander has arrived in Goodyear, Arizona and is in camp for with the Cleveland Indians, ready to compete for a role in the starting rotation. "Dice-K" is expected to compete for one of two open spots in the Tribe's rotation behind Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett...
When Trevor Bauer, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, got traded in December, it came as a shock to some people. But after his former catcher, Miguel Montero, spoke out about dealing with the 22-year-old right hander, it became a bit clearer why the Diamondback pulled the trigger on the deal.
Montero said that Bauer was a pain to deal with in Arizona. He didn’t take...
Last night, the Indians signed Michael Bourn to a four year, $48 million deal. It’s less than he was asking for, but still a pretty significant investment for a low power/high strikeout guy headed into his thirties. I’ve already written about my questions over how much of his value he’ll retain, both on offense and on defense, but 4/48 isn’t paying Bourn to retain most...
Baseball season is getting closer and closer. I for one am thankful. These are the dog days: no Football, a month away from the NCAA Tournament, and I’m NBA Free. But pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear on Sunday, so that means the good stuff – Tribe games 6-7 nights a week – is coming.
That was the open to the piece that I was going to write about the Jason Giambi DH...
Michael Bourn has signed with the Indians, it's of no consolation that the Mets were very close to signing him. I do get how important draft picks are to a team rebuilding, especially as high as the 11th pick but I'm left wondering why our entire off-season came down to this. In fact my issue with the front office is less to do with missing on Bourn over the 11th pick...
Tony is hard at work finishing up the new 2013 Indians Baseball Insider prospect book, and he shares a quick update today where he is at with it, when it may be available, and how it can be purchased. The book continues to grow every year, and this edition may be the first to feature 200 scouting reports.
In addition to having an offensive new t-shirt for sale, the Indians also have a new center fielder: former Brave Michael Bourn, who agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the team on Monday night. The contract also has a vesting option for a fifth season that can make the total contract worth $60 million.
Bourn's signing comes much later than anyone expected coming...
Well it looks like the New York Mets first round pick in 2013 will be protected after all! No, it’s not because the MLBPA stepped in and saw to it that the team would retain it’s pick while negotiating with free agent outfielder Michael Bourn, it’s because the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a 4-year contract with the 30-year-old center fielder.
Sandy Alderson told reporters that the 5th year option was the big issue with signing Michael Bourn, and also that indications changed whether or not they would keep the 11th pick after an arbitrator ruling. This according to Kevin Burkhardt.
Original Post 2/12/2013
The long and dragged out pursuit is over, and the Mets came up empty. The Cleveland Indians have signed Michael Bourn...