Found February 14, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. The very notion of a team from Cleveland winning a championship is one that only exists in dreams, but in 2012, that dream finally came true when the Indians were on the receiving end of several generations worth of good karma being visited upon them all at once. That much criticized trade for Ubaldo Jimenez?  Nobody's criticizing it now, not after Jimenez pitched like the guy who posted a FIP of 3.67 in 2011 and not the guy who ended up with 4.68 ERA in 2011.  After years and years of searching, the Tribe finally found their ace as Ubaldo not only carried an ERA just a hair north of 3.00 but managed to do so while leading the American League in strikeouts.  It is a wonder what regaining two miles per hour on your nasty fastball can do, ain't it? But even with Jimenez's resur...

Inside the Numbers: Indians lineup could be strong in 2012

Jason Kipnis (Photo: AP)The Indians acquisition of Casey Kotchman gives an answer (unsatisfactory to some) to the off-season-long question: Who’s on first?But what does this move spell out for the rest of the roster? Presumably, Kotchman will be given the chance to play 1B on an everyday basis and Matt LaPorta (proud owner of one remaining option) will be asked to compete in Columbus...

Antonetti: Fausto Carmona is Officially Roberto Hernandez

In a recent sit-down with the Plain Dealer, Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti stated that the team has received documentation that starting pitcher Fausto Carmona is officially named Roberto Hernandez (Heredia). Arrested in January under suspicion of false identity, Hernandez, who was the recent recipient of a $7 million club option under his alias, was also found...

MLB News: Kosuke Fukudome Signs with Chicago White Sox

Kosuke Fukudome, the outfielder who had a cup of coffee with the 2011 Indians only to provide some surprise offensive prowess, has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox. The contract will net the 34-year-old $1 million with a $3.5 million club option in 2013. Between the Cubs and Indians in 2011, Fukudome batted .262 with an OPS of .712. With the injuries sustained...

A Quick Look at the Race for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor

Jon Garland. Not bad! Alright, with there being literally nothing else to talk about, and with the primary just around the corner on March 6 (that will effectively decide the election), today’s as good a day as any to take a quick look at the race for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, especially since the Plain Dealer ran a series of candidate profiles yesterday by Leila Atassi. Here...

MLB Rumors: Indians Working on Deal for SP Jon Garland

The Cleveland Indians are apparently looking to corner the market on soft-throwing, location-based right handers as the team is reportedly in the mix for veteran starting pitcher Jon Garland. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians are “working on” a deal for Garland, 32, with apparent hopes of providing another inning-eating starter on a relative discount.  The...

White Sox sign Kosuke Fukudome

The Chicago White Sox announced that they have signed Kosuke Fukudome to a one-year. The deal calls for a salary of $500k in 2012 and also includes a club option for 2013 at $3.5mm with a $500k buyout. Fukudome who made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 2008, was traded to the Indians at the most recent trade deadline. In 59 games in for the Indians in the AL Central, Fukudome hit ...

Braves miss a great chance with Fukudome

Today, former Indians and Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome signed with the Chicago White Sox, for the low cost of $1 million. When I saw this, I immediately began to think how great of a fit he would have been with the Braves, especially at that price.The Braves' fourth outfielder right now is Matt Diaz, with Jose Constanza looking to rip that title from him. We all know what...

All-Time Indians: Andre Thornton

Name: Andre Thornton Position: First Base/DH Number: 29 Tribe Time: 1977-1979, 1981-1987 DOB: 08/13/1949 Accolades: 2 Time All-Star (1982,1984), 1984 Silver Slugger (DH), Top 20 MVP (1978,1985) Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS ISOP ...

Indians designate De La Cruz for assignment

On Tuesday, Cleveland designated Minor League left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz for assignment, vacating a spot on the team's 40-man roster for the recently-signed Casey Kotchman. The roster stands at capacity.

Nation + world: White Sox sign Kosuke Fukudome

Kosuke Fukudome agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox that guarantees $1 million. He will get a $500,000 salary this year, and the White Sox have a $3.5-million option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout.

White Sox agree to deal with outfielder Kosuke Fukudome

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