2015 ZiPS Projections

Last week the ZiPS projections for the 2015 Indians were released on Overall, these projections do not vary much from the Steamer or Bill James projections we featured over the course of the last few weeks. Here’s what ZiPS has predicted for the Tribe’s hitters. Player PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB ISO AVG OBP SLG OPS+ zWAR Yan Gomes 470 58 117 24 3 17 64 1 .186 .269...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: Don’t Sleep On Them Again

This offseason, the AL Central has been one of the most active divisions, from the White Sox making serious moves towards contention, to the Indians working with a limited budget, or the Royals taking chances on a few comeback candidates, and the Twins continuing to invest in starting pitching. Out of all the teams in this crowded division, the Cleveland Indians stand out for a playoff...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Moss looks forward to being part of Indians' lineup

CLEVELAND -- Brandon Moss got to meet most of his new teammates for the first time on Friday as most of the Indians are in town for Tribe Fest this weekend. Moss was acquired from the Athletics on Dec. 8 and wasn't surprised about the trade since it was widely rumored and discussed for five days. Moss got the call that he was traded to Cleveland while undergoing rehab from hip surgery...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Should Still Be In Good Spot Despite Quiet Winter

This has been a quiet off season for the Cleveland Indians. Even quieter than many others in the past. In the Tribe’s two biggest moves, the team added a pair of talented players both coming off seasons marred by injury. If starting pitcher Gavin Floyd and power hitting first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss can each remain healthy, the Indians have upgraded themselves tremendously...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Steamer Projections for the 2015 Indians

A few days ago we took a look at Bill James’ projections for the 2015 Indians and today we will examine the Steamer projections for another look at the Indians’ predicted success. Below are the projections for the Indians’ hitters in 2015, these are condensed a bit for brevity’s sake, you can check out the full projections here. Name AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI BB SB AVG OBP SLG...
Via Burning River Baseball
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Francona upbeat with month to go until spring training

CLEVELAND -- With Tribe Fest going on this weekend and players and coaches coming into town, Indians manager Terry Francona met with beat writers and covered a variety of topics as the countdown to spring training begins to ramp up. Here are the five biggest topics that Francona discussed in 51 minutes: TRAINING ROOM: Nick Swisher (knees) and Brandon Moss (hip) will be examined by...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #122: Brandon Moss | 1B/OF | CLE

Most people will probably remember Brandon Moss’ 2014 season in two ways: Terrible second-half slump Two-homer wild card game, seemingly out of nowhere On the surface that’s a fair assessment of how his season went, but it’s also incomplete. A quick look at Moss’ end-of-season stats — .234, 25 HR, 81 RBI — shows a considerable amount of pop, but imagine how awesome...
Via Baseball Professor
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Avoid Arbitration With All Six Eligibles

The Indians have expertly avoided arbitration for most of the history of arbitration, but last season they proved that they would be willing to to break their streak if for a good cause. Last year, it was Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano that went the distance, but this year, things were cleared up in a hurry. With January 16th as the last date to exchange arbitration figures, the...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians get 3 more deals, avoid arbitration cases for 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Brandon Moss, right-hander Bryan Shaw and right-hander Josh Tomlin, avoiding arbitration. Cleveland reached agreements with all six of its players in arbitration. The Indians agreed to deals with right-hander Carlos Carrasco ($2,337,500), left-hander Marc Rzepczynski ($2.4 million) and third baseman Lonnie...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians avoid arbitration with three remaining eligible players

CLEVELAND -- After going to arbitration for the first time in 23 years last season, the Indians won't have to face that prospect this offseason. The franchise on Friday agreed to terms with Brandon Moss, Bryan Shaw and Josh Tomlin after reaching agreements with Carlos Carrasco, Lonnie Chisenhall and Marc Rzepczynski Thursday night. Moss, who was acquired from Oakland on Dec. 8, will...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Salaries to be Determined as Arbitration Commences

Earlier this week, Mark Shapiro admitted in an interview with WTAM’s Mike Trivisonno that the Indians have financial restraints holding them back from making too many big moves during this offseason. The statement can hardly be called “news”—the Indians are notorious for having a low payroll and being a small-market team—yet it can serve as a slap in the face to fans who...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Moss one of six Indians to file for arbitration

Brandon Moss leads the list of six Indians who filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday. Moss, who was acquired from the Athletics on Dec. 8, figures to make the most. He made the American League All-Star team for the first time after batting .234 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI. Over the past three seasons he is eighth in the AL in home runs to at-bat ratio (1 per 15.93). In their estimate...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Shapiro: “We’re somewhat limited financially”

Cleveland Indians fans looking for a right-handed bat or an upgrade at third base may be waiting for at least another year as the front office appears to be done making any substantial moves. In an interview with 1100AM/WTAM’s Mike Trivisonno, Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro stated that he’s a fan of the team as it stands, and even if there was anything of impact out...
Via Waiting For Next Year
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Comparative Analysis 2015: Indians vs. AL Central

It’s been a few weeks since teams and GM’s returned from their sojourn in San Diego after bringing the Hot Stove to a boiling point with a flurry of moves. Of course, it appeared the Chicago White Sox had stolen the show, or at least the majority of the headlines that week, with their blockbuster transactions that brought All-Star right-hander Jeff Samardzija, premier free agent...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Comparative Analysis: Indians vs. AL Central 2015

It’s been a few weeks since teams and GM’s returned from their sojourn in San Diego after bringing the Hot Stove to a boiling point with a flurry of moves. Of course, it appeared the Chicago White Sox had stolen the show, or at least the majority of the headlines that week, with their blockbuster transactions that brought All-Star right-hander Jeff Samardzija, premier free agent...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
28 days ago  |  Discuss

2015: A Year for Tribe Patience

As the calendar flips to 2015, it’s officially the time of the clean slate and the blank page, and the every-exciting New Year’s resolution. This season, let’s adopt a short and easy resolution when it comes to the Cleveland Indians: Patience. One word. One concept. As the new season grows closer, it’s essentially a new year with the same Tribe. Brandon Moss has been the...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Burning River Radio 3.2: Big Bad John

Another week and another guest host as this time new contributor John Hutchison joins me on the show. It has been a big couple of weeks for the Indians and we discuss the two big moves, the trade for Brandon Moss and the signing of Gavin Floyd. In the middle of all that is a long discussion on the value of defense and young players and how to fix all the Indians problems free of...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Christmas Wish List

Christmas came a little early for Tribe fans as they pulled off what most are viewing as an excellent trade for Brandon Moss on the first day of the Winter Meetings. As Joe broke down here, Moss provides the type of power the Indians have so dearly been missing these past few years. The signing of Gavin Floyd also gives the starting rotation a quality veteran arm, adding to the rotation’s...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Where do the A’s go from here?

Billy Beane and Brett Farmiloe – Photo Credit – Brett Farmiloe Sluggers Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson combined for a total of 151 home runs over the past two seasons for the Oakland Athletics. They were a big reason why they have been American League contenders over the past three seasons. None of those three will be on the team’s roster on Opening Day 2015...
Via Hot Stove MLB
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Moss Adds Instant Credibility to Middle of Tribe Lineup

When the Indians swung a deal with the Oakland Athletics on Monday to acquire veteran first baseman and outfielder Brandon Moss it was a bit of a surprise. However, it should certainly be viewed a pleasant one. Granted the deal had been rumored since late last week, it was surprising in that Tribe management made a move to upgrade the everyday lineup after maintaining from the start...
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the lineups in the AL Central

One of the busiest Winter Meetings in the history of the league-wide get together has come and gone, but for the Indians, the flurry of activity may have made the trip to the road to the top of the AL Central that much more difficult. While they might have started things off with a deal to land All-Star first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss from Oakland, the Indians were rather...
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

WFNY’s 12 Days of Christmas, 2014 Edition: Day Five

The Holiday Season is upon us, and for many, the holidays are a time of rituals and traditions. Here at Waiting For Next Year, we believe in tradition as well, and one of our personal favorites is the annual WFNY 12 Days of Christmas contest series! This is now the seventh year in a row we have done this contest, as hard as that is to believe. How does it work? It’s simple. Every...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings madness: Recapping the AL Central moves

The AL Central was one of the busiest divisions during this year's MLB Winter Meetings. Here's a recap of each team's moves: Cleveland Indians The Indians made the first official move of this year's Winter Meetings, acquiring All-Star slugger Brandon Moss from the Oakland A's in exchange for second base prospect Joey Wendle. While Wendle has a ton of potential as a major-league...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians leave Winter Meetings with one goal accomplished, but aren't finished yet

SAN DIEGO -- At the halfway mark of the offseason the Indians have accomplished one of their goals by getting a power hitter. There are still a few areas that need some tweaks though before the start of Spring Training. "I feel comfortable with the group that we have but we have a lot of offseason left to try and improve in some ways if we can," said general manager Chris Antonetti...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: What the Brandon Moss trade means

With the acquisition of 1B/OF Brandon Moss on Tuesday, the Indians added another power bat to their lineup.  Moss, whom went through hip surgery in October, should provide a much-needed boost to an Indians team that finished ninth in the AL in home runs this past season. It will be interesting to see where Moss fits in the roster with his versatility.  Moss spent time in left field...
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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