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On one of the first podcasts that I did with Craig I was trying to explain why I thought the Indians simply had to trade Chris Perez before the 2013 season started.
“You DO NOT spend one-tenth of your payroll on a pitcher who might throw 60 innings,” I argued. “If we keep Perez, there is a chance he will be our highest paid player. There is just no reason to allow that to happen, especially when rich teams habitually overpay for closers in trades and on the free agent market. We can free up that money to spend elsewhere AND add talent to the roster from the trade. This is a no-brainer.”
And that’s when Craig supplied me with a metaphor: “Jon, you’re a homeowner now. 1 You’re saying it would be like splurging on a $50,000 basement renovation in a $100,000 house? It’s just not worth it?”
I like Craig’s analogy, but let me reimagine it slightly. Paying exorbitant amounts of money for a closer is like taking out a life insurance policy on your team’s season. Teams like the Y
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The Cleveland Indians will pay for the services of their closer Chris Perez in 2013 to the tune of 7.3 million dollars. Perez had no problem letting Indians fans know his thoughts last season. When he had something to say, he said it. This season with a new manager, I wonder just how much Perez will have to say. Perez always did his job for the Indians. Some thought he was shooting...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed reliever Rob Bryson. So far the IBI listing has been a run of interest right-handed pitchers, and Bryson is another in a long line of good right-handed relief prospects in the system. He continues to perform each year with impressive strikeout totals, and Tony goes in depth with a detailed report...
With about three weeks left until spring training one of the more interesting battles to watch will be the backup catcher position. For the last three years that’s a role that has been held by Lou Marson, but after the November trade that brought Yan Gomes into the fold it’s clear that the Indians intend to create competition for the job this spring. Michael Goodman breaks down...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with the first position player named do far: catcher Jake Lowery. Even though his prospect value slipped last season due to his performance offensively and high strikeout totals, he is still an interesting prospect going forward because of his power potential from the left side. Tony takes a look at the positives that...
Welcome to this week's edition of the IBI Power Poll. The Poll will take a look at a relevant topic of the time, an all-time list, or just something that we're talking about here at the IBI home offices. There's nothing like a list to spur a debate, so join us in our lively banter with our weekly polls! Today's poll focuses on the best Indians' third baseman of...
Terry Francona’s new book will talk a lot about his time with the Boston Red Sox and a lot about former outfielder Manny Ramirez.
“Francona: The Red Sox Years,’’ co-authored by Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy will detail his eight year run as the manager of the Boston Red Sox naturally there are plenty of Ramirez stories to be told.
Here are a few from Boston.com.
What a great Indians weekend as the widely popular Tribe Fest was jam packed on Saturday and is expected to have big crowds again today. On the news front, it was a slow week for the Indians other than a few players being named to World Baseball Classic rosters and several arbitration eligible players having their 2013 contracts finalized. Tony discusses the arbitration deals and...
Paolo Espino had another outstanding start in the Winter League, striking out eight in seven innings of five-hit baseball. While he's not considered a top prospect, he certainly can turn heads with outstanding starts. Quincy Latimore continued his hit streak in Australia, while Asdrubal Cabrera is slumping in the Caribbean. Join Jim Pete with another weekend edition of ATF.
The Winter Leagues are heading towards the end game, and several Indians prospects and players remain active down the stretch. Rob Bryson made an appearance on Saturday night looking to continue his scoreless innings streak, along with Paredes, Carrera and Cabrera in the Caribbean leagues, while Quincy Latimore continued to heat things up down under, along with Andrew Campbell. Jim...
Jordan Bastian at Indians.com informs us that the Indians are close to agreeing to terms with former Tiger utility man Ryan Raburn on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training.
Raburn, 31, struggled mightily last season, posting a .171/.226/.254 split with 1 homer and 12 RBI in 66 games. Prior to that, the right-handed hitter had a string of success as...
He also updated his Twitter profile. He's just 25-years-old and has only played in 9 games for the Indians last season, hitting .207/.250/.261 with 2 RBI in 24 plate appearances.
Ryan Raburn has a long run with the Detroit Tigers. He spent seven seasons with the Tigers before eventually being released after the 2012 season. He didn't have to wait long before potentially finding his new home. The Cleveland Indians are reportedly close to finalizing a deal with Raburn.
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com says the Indians plan to sign Raburn to a minor league...
Large crowds descended upon Progressive Field this past week for the inaugural Tribe Fest, and it turned out to be a rousing success. The Indians appear to be getting everything right this offseason with their trades, free agent signings, manager and coach hires, and now a great fan friendly event. What momentum the organization has built going into the 2013 season, and Jake Dungan...