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When the Cleveland Indians acquired Ubaldo Jimenez at the deadline last season, they trailed Detroit by just a game and a half in the American League Central. It was an aggressive move, no doubt, as the Tribe sent four prospects to the Rockies, including highly regarded pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Alex White. But the team was within range of the Tigers, so they played to win the flag. You can't help but admire the attempt.
The problem with the deal, of course, is that Jimenez was lousy when he reached Cleveland — even lousier than he'd been in Colorado. He allowed 43 runs over 65.1 innings for the Indians, posting a brutal 1.45 WHIP. Jimenez gave up at least five runs in three of his first four appearances. By the time he self-corrected in late-August, the Tribe had faded.
If this team has any hope at all of competing in 2012, they'll likely need an ace-like effort from Ubaldo. He's just one season removed from a third-place finish in the N.L. Cy Young race, so we kn...
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From the Associated Press via the Tuscaloosa News, we find that Cleveland Indians’ starting pitcher Bob Feller is in fact still the highest paid player in the game despite some consternation surrounding said topic.
Coincidentally, this January 23, 1941 report arrives in the column next to a report surrounding the wife of George Herman “Babe” Ruth stating that her husband...
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta says the pitcher known as Fausto Carmona is an important part of the rotation and the team is doing what it can to speed up his arrival. Acta told The Associated Press late Monday that the team is making the necessary moves to get Carmona to the United States for the coming season but also will be prepared to go without him. Says Acta:
Key Stats: Carlos Santana is currently the first catcher off the boards in early mock drafts going in the 2nd or 3rd round. He has displayed power at every step of his young career and also shown an ability to hit for average, so the abysmal .239 he hit last year can safely be dismissed as a young player adjusting. Despite that he still pounded 25 HR's and 79 RBI's on fairly...
The Tigers sign Prince Fielder.
The Indians sign Robinson Tejeda.
The Marlins sign Heath Bell.
The Indians sign Ryan Spilborghs.
The Cardinals sign Carlos Beltran.
The Indians sign Fred Lewis.
The Angels sign Albert Pujols.
The Indians sign Andy LaRoche.
The Marlins sign Mark Buehrle.
The Indians sign Chris Ray.
The Marlins sign Jose Reyes.
The Indians sign Jose Lopez.
On and on...
Have a question for Indians closer Chris Perez? Now's your chance to ask him. Join Glenn Moore today at 2:30 p.m. for the first edition of 30 Minutes of Pure Rage. They'll talk about the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Prince Fielder's new contract and Chris' spring training preparations. Chris will also give his take on the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl.
Colorado has since traded Slowey for a better relief prospect, but there's more to it than that.
Goodbye Fausto! Hello Roberto!
As reported last week, 28-year-old Fausto Carmona is Roberto Hernandez Heredia and perhaps 31 years old.
There are implications here for Carmona-Heredia, for the Indians and, most importantly, for professional baseball and the uneven way it deals with international players.
Since being released on bail, The Sinkerballer Formally Known as Fausto has...
"The Twins went 0-14 in Slowey's 8 losses and 6 relief appearances. But before last year, Slowey was a pretty decent pitcher for several years. The guy may have been a clubhouse problem last year, but a team going 0-14 whenever he was on the mound might have led the guy to a breakdown, otherwise it would mean he did not care. Plus, the Twins were missing their regular outfielders...
You may be about to learn two things about me. First, while many of you know this already, I’ve never made my provenance entirely explicit. I was born in St. Louis, MO and spent most of my childhood there. This made me (and still makes me) a fairly die-hard Cardinals fan. It also makes me a fan who has reveled in–depending on how and whom you count–anywhere from two...
Manager Manny Acta denies saying that Fausto Carmona, identified as Roberto Hernandez Heredia by authorities in the Dominican Repbulic, would miss spring training because of his arrest last week for using a false indentification.
The Indians' infield for 2012 has some moving parts, but the big question is who will play first base?