Potential 25 Man Roster 3/3 Update

Keeping things updated as training progresses, the latest group looks a lot like the original published last month. While the expected starters haven’t generally changed, there have been quite a few more contenders added including a large group of minor leaguers already within the system who have garnered invites and a few more free agent signings. New additions and changes are...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

OBP Leagues: In Need of Some Headley

Playing in an OBP league not only takes into account more of the players overall performance, it can also help you get a couple of steals on draft day. I took a look at third base and singled out a few players to target and one to pass over that others in your league may be sleeping on... Looking at the top-5 in OBP last year, we end up with Adrian Beltre (.388), Matt Carpenter...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians hope Santana's comfort at first leads to rebound at plate

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Last year one of the biggest topics of spring training was Carlos Santana moving to third base and backing up at catcher. This year Santana doesn't have to worry about being shuffled around as he knows he is at first. "This time last year he was really excited about trying to play third. He was really going after it," said Terry Francona. "This year is going to...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez picked up starts down the line with Perez eventually...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Ten Percent That Matters: Indians Spring Training Notes

Reams of information are digitally thrown around during Spring Training. In the end, I would estimate that only 10% of it really matters. The catch? We will not know which 10% until May (at the earliest). All Cleveland Indians fans should be informed, however, so I will post the potentially important nuggets of information and we can figure out which ones actually matter later....
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Indians’ Offense Be More Consistent?

There were some positives to take out of the 2014 season for the Cleveland Indians, but offensive consistency was not among those. It may have slipped under the radar to some degree due to the surprisingly good numbers that came from the starting rotation and the generally unpleasant quantity of errors committed by the defense behind those pitchers. In the end, the offense had the...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Indians have the best catching duo in the American League?

Yan Gomes admitted during Tribe Fest that he was leery the first half of last season about taking days off due to the Indians' lack of a consistent backup at catcher. Carlos Santana played in 10 games behind the plate, but that ended once he suffered a concussion in late May. George Kottaras was up briefly a couple times and had a two home-run game. It wasn't until early July though...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Time for Indians to Shed “Young” Label

Over the past few years the Indians have been tagged with the labels the likes of “young,” “inexperienced,” “youthful,” and “still learning.” Those tags were used in 2011 and 2012 when talented clubs started strong and finished poorly and far out of the postseason. They were thrown around when that team, under the guidance of Terry Francona, did better, but still...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Catchers with Multiple Position Eligibility

Targeting players that carry multiple position eligibility in your fantasy baseball draft will provide your fake team with flexibility throughout the season. These players are typically helpful in formats that feature two catchers, a corner or middle infield slot and even with relief and starting pitchers. It’s important to note that different sites use different formulas to determine...
Via The Fantasy Fix
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #61: Yoenis Cespedes | OF | DET

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! Take a quick look at Yoenis Cespedes’ Twitter (@ynscspds) and you’ll learn that he hates vowels. His profile will also suggest that he hates tweeting and still thinks he’s on the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Corner Infield & DH

With most of the Indians starting positions firmly established, this group of hitters is one of the most interesting going into the 2015 season. Every significant member of the team who played either third base, first base or DH in 2014 is returning for the 2015 (Jason Giambi and Chris Gimenez are the only insignificant players to leave) and added into that mix is the free agent...
Via Burning River Baseball
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Chisenhall use last season as a springboard to further success?

Until Carlos Carrasco's dominating run the final two months of the season, Lonnie Chisenhall was the runaway winner of the Indians most improved player of 2014. Many still might give Chisenhall the edge. He had a career-best nine-game hitting streak in June, had three games of four hits or more and became the fourth player in MLB history with five hits, three home runs and nine RBI...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Indians mentioned as Grantland’s worst contracts

It’s what all the Cleveland Indians defenders say when anyone wants to talk about how cheap the Dolans are, and they’re not wrong. Free agency is a completely inefficient way to build a baseball team. Jonah Keri and Grantland are at it again in 2015 analyzing what good and bad value look like. It works in the Indians’ favor from the perspective that a guy like Carlos Santana...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #74: Carlos Santana | C/1B/3B | CLE

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! With great power, an elite walk rate, and a great-given-his-patience strikeout rate, Carlos Santana has many of the tools that make fantasy monsters. Unfortunately, with a low line drive...
Via Baseball Professor
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana thrives at first, which is where Indians should keep him

There are few times when you can say a pair of injuries were the best thing to happen to a team. In the Indians' case last season though, that ended up being the case. When Carlos Santana (concussion) and Nick Swisher (knee) went on the disabled list in late May, Lonnie Chisenhall entrenched himself at third base after a great start to the season. When he returned, Santana moved...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Potential 25 Man Roster for 2015

With pitchers and catchers reporting in just a couple weeks, things are about to get pretty crazy. There are your regular starters, others competing for a more important role or simply a job, Spring Training invites and cotton fields full of minor leaguers. In an effort to keep all that straight in one place, we will keep a running total of players still involved in the 25 man roster...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 TOC top ten: first basemen

There are plenty of great first basemen in baseball right now. The best part is that most of these guys are young – an elder statesman like Albert Pujols isn’t even on our list, for example. And even though this had nothing to do with our rankings, a lot of these first basemen are pretty affordable too – Jose Abreu, Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo, and Carlos...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher On The Mend!

Who Needs to Rebound? Naming a player as a rebound player needs to be defined. First, it’s not necessarily the most improved player, which is typically an unproven player who has a break out season. Second, it’s not a player getting only marginally better. Instead, it is a player who had a bad year, requiring significant improvement to return to form the following year. This...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. Carlos Santana by Matt Collins

Which of these power bats is a better fantasy bet this year?
Via Baseball Prospectus
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Statues, bobbleheads and jerseys galore: Indians release 2015 promotional schedule

With Opening Day less than 80 days away, the Cleveland Indians have outfitted fans with a wish list of sorts thanks to the release of their 2015 Promotional Schedule. This year will feature 18 different promotional items including five replica jerseys, four bobbleheads and a Larry Doby replica statue. In addition to celebrating the current roster, the team will also pay homage to...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians announce 2015 promotional schedule

Cleveland, OH--The Cleveland Indians have released the team's 2015 promotional schedule, which features 18 promotional items including five replica jerseys, four bobbleheads and a Larry Doby replica statue. The Indians are excited to celebrate the roster's young stars, with bobbleheads featuring Corey Kluber and his 2014 Cy Young award (June 6, courtesy of Sugardale), All-Star and...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Curious Case of Carlos Santana

To say that Carlos Santana had a rollercoaster season would be putting it lightly. Coming into the 2014 season, Santana was without a position as Yan Gomes was designated as the team’s everyday catcher at the end of 2013, and Nick Swisher had been the incumbent first basemen. Unless Santana was willing to be the everyday designated hitter, manager Terry Francona was going to have...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Time For Indians to Ink Key Arms to Extensions

Over the last couple years, the Cleveland Indians have done an amazing job locking up the core of their everyday lineup. It may soon be time for the club to do the same with its key pitchers, though that could be a little trickier. In the spring of 2012, the Tribe agreed to a five-year contract extension with Carlos Santana. That was only the beginning, however. Last spring, Cleveland...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Playing for Keeps: Carlos Santana

In many fantasy leagues, there's a 20 games played requirement to retain eligibility at a position for the following year. With only 11 games played behind the dish in 2014, Carlos Santana will enter the 2015 season without catcher eligibility for the first time in his career. It's a bummer for keeper league owners who were slotting him as a catcher, but he remains a solid keeper...
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Teams have contacted Indians about Carlos Santana

The Cleveland Indians have been receiving calls regarding trading away infielder Carlos Santana, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Teams have contacted #Indians about 1B/DH Carlos Santana, but no deal close. @FOXSports — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 8, 2014 Thought it is not yet known on which teams have contacted the Indians, it is not to anyone’s surprise that teams...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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