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With Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings getting underway today in Nashville, your Cleveland Indians find themselves in a very interesting predicament. In dire need of a revamping, Team President Mark Shapiro and GM Chris Antonetti saved their jobs by landing Terry Francona as their manager. While the hiring was a complete coup, none of it will matter unless the now three-headed braintrust monster can figure out a clear path going forward.
But which direction will they go?
As Antonetti will tell you, the core of Asdrubal Cabrera, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo, Lonnie Chisenhall, Justin Masterson, Vinnie Pestano, and Chris Perez is a nice group of young players that they can build around and contend with. Add a big bat and a couple of starting pitchers, and the Indians could possibly make noise in the AL Central in 2013 if the cards are all played correctly.
On the other side of that school of thought is what I like to call “reality.” Choo, represented ...
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Grady Sizemore’s agent, Joe Urbon, confirmed that the former Cleveland Indians outfielder had microfracture surgery on his right knee this past September.
Sizemore previously had microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2010, one of the several operations he has undergone since his stretch of MVP-like performances between 2006-2008. Though Sizemore missed all of the 2012 season...
With baseball’s winter meetings about to begin, ESPN’s Jayson Stark took a survey of MLB executives, agents, and scouts about some of the bigger headlines that may come out of the meetings. In it, four of the seventeen label Asdrubal Cabrera as the “most likely to get traded”, garnering the second most votes behind Rays pitcher James Shields. Two of those surveyed also said...
Acquired 10 years ago in one of the most one-sided deals in recent
baseball history, by age 25 he had become a three-time all-star and
two-time Gold Glove center fielder. However, Grady Sizemore, a free agent now
at age 30, has missed most of the past season and a half due to
recurring back and knee injuries.
Sizemore's agent, Joe
Urbon, disclosed on MLB.com...
The Cleveland Indians just non-tendered Jack Hannahan, Rafael Perez, and Chris Seddon on Friday, but that doesn't mean the Indians don't want them at all. The team is interested in re-signing all three. However, when a player is non-tendered, they are free to sign elsewhere and the Indians no longer have priority.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain...
MLB.com is reporting that the Cleveland Indians 26 year old right-hander Corey Kluber underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on Friday. The Indians say the surgery went well and Kluber is expected to be ready for spring training.
The Birmingham, Alabama native made 12 starts for Cleveland in 2012, compiling a 2-5 record over 63 innings. He is penciled...
The Cleveland Indians are reportedly “prime suitors” for veteran outfielder Shane Victorino.
In dire need of adding talent at a position of need, the Indians, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, have emerged as the likely landing spot for the long-time Philadelphia Phillies outfielder. Chris Antonetti has long been a fan of Victorino with interest dating back to last season. He’s...
The New York Mets, while not dealing with Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, have decided to set their focus on improving their bullpen. Their target, per reports, is Cleveland Indians set-up man Vinnie Pestano.
Citing sources, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets covet the 27-year-old righty. The Mets pursued 36-year-old right-hander Joel Peralta, but have found the asking price...
Free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore, who missed the entire 2012 season, had microfracture surgery on his right knee in September, his agent, Joe Urbon, told MLB.com. As a result, Sizemore might not be ready to play in a major league game until midseason, at the earliest. Sizemore, who has played his entire career with the Indians, had microfracture surgery on his left knee in...
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Free agent outfielder Johnny Damon and his wife Michelle Damon at the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at the Wynn Las Vegas. It’s not everyday you see a Mohawk on a 40 year old man.-TO
Johnny Damon Rocking the Hawk
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Already needing outfield help prior to the likely trading of right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, the Cleveland Indians are one of several teams reportedly interested in 32-year-old New York Mets outfielder Scott Hariston.
Matt Loede of 92.3 The Fan reports that the Tribe join four playoff teams in the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers as potential...
All apart of Cleveland Indians’ owner Rachel Phelps’ plan to move the club to Miami, Rick Vaughn was brought in as a joke of a starting pitcher. When asked where he played the year before, Vaughn replied, “California Penal” when asked how he ended up there, he said, “Stole a car.” Yes, Rick Vaughn is an ex-con who was called to play while still in jail. Early in his career...
The hole in the Sunday Night Baseball announcing lineup caused by Terry Francona leaving to manage the Cleveland Indians has been filled by current ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst John Kruk. Kruk will join the duo of Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser as the third man in the booth, following in the footsteps of Bobby Valentine and Francona over the past two seasons.
This has the...
Could someone actually be interested in Indians’ starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez? The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Bill Center says yes. His article today states that the Padres might have interest in Ubaldo because of his durability over the past few seasons.
“Acquiring Jimenez would take a trade with Cleveland. And the Indians seem ready to discuss a trade involving Jimenez...
The Indians were one of at least two teams bidding for the services of outfielder Shane Victorino. The Red Sox have inked the 32 year old to a three-year, $39 million dollar contract.
“The Boston Red Sox reached a three-year, $39 million agreement with free-agent outfielder Shane Victorino on Tuesday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations.
The deal is...
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have pursued Cleveland Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano during the winter meetings, according to a major league source.
Pestano, 27, went 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season while utilizing a solid sinker. He has only slightly more than two years of major league service time — meaning he is still under...