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A breakout 2011 season saw Asdrubal Cabrera assert himself as one of the best offensive weapons at shortstop. A disappointing 2012 season saw him fall back among the game’s other interchangeable options.
So, which Cabrera is the real Cabrera?
Well, after spending half of last season batting second for the Indians, Cabrera is slated to bat third. That means we’ll definitely see more than the 68 RBI that 2012 brought us, but honestly, that might be the only significant change from last year. Our xBA formula confirms what we’ve seen these last two years — Cabrera is indeed a .270s hitter — and I was actually happy to see his HR/FB rate fall to just 9.9% after powering his way to 13.3% in 2011. That 2011 rate was more than double his previous career high, so sticking at 9.9% the following year is a pretty nice follow up.
At a Glance
Neutral: R, HR, SB, BA, OBP, SLG, OPS
Best-case scenario: Ben Zobrist (TB)
Likely scenario: Brandon P...
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The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with first baseman Chun Chen. Chen has proven to have a solid, productive bat in the minors, but he lacks a regular position which hurts his value. Last season he moved from catcher to first base, and Tony provides all the details on how that transition is going and if he has a Major League future there, plus takes...
The Cleveland Indians will trade shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera
by next winter, sources told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
Spoke with a few sources from other teams who think Asdrubal will be traded by next winter. Aviles' 2+ deal w/ option increases that sense.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 7, 2013
Cabrera has been on the trade block throughout the offseason...
Today marks the first day for pitchers and catchers to report to Goodyear, Arizona for spring training. In keeping with the season, the IBI's Jim Piascik and Steve Orbanek continue with their 2013 chain e-mail positional previews, and touch on the outfield in this edition. The outfield certainly has a much different look when compared to last year's squad, so join Jim and...
The Cleveland Indians toyed with the idea of adding veteran slugger Jim Thome to the lineup but according to reports from last week, dismissed the idea. Cleveland had wanted to add the veteran as the team’s designated hitter, but has since moved on from that idea. Instead, the Indians went another direction with another veteran hitter, inking 18-year veteran Jason Giambi to a minor...
Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract.
Matsuzaka will have a chance to win a spot in Cleveland's starting rotation if he passes a physical. The club's pitchers and catchers reported to camp in Goodyear, Ariz. on Sunday, with physicals scheduled to take place Monday.
The 32-year-old has won 50 major league games since...
Well now we get to the fun stuff. That’s right, today we will discuss the “The Bullpen Mafia” as Clevelanders have so affectionately branded the Indians relief corps. Outside of maybe Brian Wilson and Sergio Romo in San Francisco, the Tribe probably has the most unique, fun-loving bunch of characters to ever occupy a major league bullpen. The IBI's Jake Dungan continues...
The Cleveland Indians have signed first baseman-designated hitter Jason Giambi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The Indians announced the signing Saturday, six days ahead of the team's first full-squad workout.
The 42-year-old Giambi spent the past three-plus seasons filling a part-time role with the Rockies. The 2000 AL MVP was a mentor to...
Daisuke Matsuzaka and Terry Francona have reunited.
The Japanese righty agreed to a minor league deal with the Indians on Sunday, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Matsuzaka will be a non-roster invitee at Indians camp.
Dice-K had Tommy John surgery in June 2011. He returned to the mound for the Boston Red Sox on June 9, 2012. Matsuzaka started 11 games for the Red Sox last...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- With at least one spot open in his rotation, new Indians manager Terry Francona will give a pitcher he knows well a shot to win a starting job.
Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has agreed to a minor league contract with Cleveland. Matsuzaka, who pitched for Francona with the Boston Red Sox, must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.
It's that special time of year again that brings hope back to the weary in the cold urban wasteland that is Cleveland, Ohio. In Goodyear, Arizona it's always sunny (although a little chilly) and the optimism flows freely for 2013 version of your Cleveland Indians. Pitchers and catchers have reported to the desert for the unofficial start to the 2013 season. This year the...
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