How Will The Tribe’s Expanded Roster Look?

On Tuesday, September 1, the MLB roster capacity will expand from 25 to 40. This will give the Indians, and every other major league baseball team, the ability to add to their active roster. As it sits right now, the Indians have 41 men listed on their 40 man roster. However, because Gavin Floyd and Nick Hagadone are on the team’s 60-Day disabled list, they do not count against...
Via Burning River Baseball
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Former powerhouse Braves struggling to finish a lost season

ATLANTA (AP) This was not unexpected. Not after the Atlanta Braves traded away just about anyone with a major league pulse. Then again, it's a bit jarring to see a perennial playoff contender, a team that won the NL East just two years ago, sitting near the bottom of the standings and on pace for its worst season since 1990. With about five weeks to go in a lost season, the Braves...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Braves offense is still bad – but in a different way

In 2014, the Atlanta Braves offense was a horror show. For the year, they hit just .241/.305/.360. The club’s .296 wOBA was fourth-worst in baseball (ahead of just the Phillies, Reds, and Padres), and their 87 wRC+ was fifth-worst (ahead of those three aforementioned teams and the Arizona Diamondbacks). They scored just 573 runs, the second-lowest total in baseball. The main culprit...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves offense is still bad – but in a different way

In 2014, the Atlanta Braves offense was a horror show. For the year, they hit just .241/.305/.360. The club’s .296 wOBA was fourth-worst in baseball (ahead of just the Phillies, Reds, and Padres), and their 87 wRC+ was fifth-worst (ahead of those three aforementioned teams and the Arizona Diamondbacks). They scored just 573 runs, the second-lowest total in baseball. The main...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Good, The Okay, and The Weird: Indians’ Injury Round-Up

Of all the issues plaguing the Indians this season (ice-cold bats, lagging attendance, sometimes-snarky tweets), pesky injuries are certainly among the most confounding. But, in the midst of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, a few key players are working their ways back into the lineup. And one player is, well, dealing with a unique injury that reads like the pages...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

8/18 Recap: Hey, You Sunk My Manship!

Roster Moves: Chris Johnson continues to be bothered by a secondary infection in his left hand stemming from a spider bite he received in Minnesota and has been placed on the 15 day disabled list retroactive to August 15th. In his place, Jason Kipnis has been activated off the 15 Day DL although he wasn’t in the starting lineup. He was initially placed on the DL on August 3rd with...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians’ Chris Johnson to miss games with spider bite

    Here’s one that will make Tobey Maguire do a double take. Newly acquired Indians infielder Chris Johnson was forced out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. The culprit for Johnson’s sudden absence? A suspected bite from a spider. According to a weekend report by the Associated Press, Johnson awoke at the team hotel on Saturday in Minneapolis...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Chris Johnson sent to hospital after spider bite

The newest member of the Cleveland Indians missed two games this weekend for a very odd reason. Johnson, who was recently acquired in a trade with the Braves, believes he was bitten by a spider while staying at the team hotel in Minnesota. The Tribe utility man said he woke with what appeared to be a spider bite on his left hand Saturday morning and was treated at the stadium. Johnson...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Chris Johnson sustains spider bite - superpowers possible?

Cleveland Indians third baseman Chris Johnson was unavailable for Sunday's game after sustaining a nasty spider bite on his finger. Johnson said he would keep the team updated on whether he develops any superpowers. Spider-Man developed his superpowers after being bitten by a spider, could Johnson do the same? He would be a super baseball player - at least the Indians medical staff...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians infielder Chris Johnson sidelined by … spider bite?

Face front, true believer! Cleveland Indians infielder Chris Johnson missed his second consecutive game on Sunday due to issues stemming from what he suspects is a spider bite suffered at the team hotel during a weekend series on the road against the Minnesota Twins. Johnson arrived at the ballpark on Saturday with what appeared to be a pimple on his left index finger, but team...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

New Look Tribe Sees Attendance Spike

Much attention has been paid to the Indians recent roster moves, particularly the trade of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to Atlanta for Chris Johnson, and the subsequent offensive increase, but there has been another increase that went less noticed. Playing against the Twins and Yankees for six games, the Indians had their highest attended home stand of the season. Below is a break...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 10 Second Half Surprises Since 2005

Abraham Almonte and Chris Johnson have had the luck to have some of their best games ever in their first games for the Tribe this year particularly for Almonte, who’s 2 home runs and four RBI in two games are near enough to his best season totals of three and 15 in 59 games last year. This unexpected early return brings to mind many others who have produced at a similar or greater...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnson Showing Trade Could Be Even Better Than Initially Thought

Last week when Cleveland Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti found a way to trade away both Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn and get a Major League Baseball player in return, it felt like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat or David Copperfield performing one of his famous escape tricks. Swisher and Bourn were both overpaid and under-performing veterans who seemed like their...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

8/12 Recap: Small Ball Beats Big as Tribe Takes 2nd From New York

Player of the Game As we have come to expect, the Indians got another masterful pitching performance from Danny Salazar tonight. He allowed just one run on four hits through 7.1 innings and never got in trouble until the seventh. Then, he snuck out of a one out situation with runners on second and third by inducing a pop out to himself and a strike out of Chris Young. This was his...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

8/11 Recap: Indians Take Extra-Special, Extra-Long, Extra-Inning Win

Roster Update: Ryan Raburn was placed on the bereavement list today for unspecified reasons. He can spend up to three days away from the team before further moves would need to be made. In his place, Zach Walters will be joining the Major League club for the third time this season. Player of the Game Carlos Carrasco took the momentum of his last two great starts (9 IP, 2 or less...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Trade with Indians provides Braves more flexibility in 2017

The Atlanta Braves pulled off another trade over the weekend, swapping struggling third baseman Chris Johnson to the Indians for costly veterans Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. Zach Dillard and Cory McCartney discuss the deal, Shelby Miller's poor run support and more.
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

More Money Not Always the Indians Answer to Success

It seems often the Indians organization tells fans it’s early and encourages them not to panic, however, it only took them three weeks to take the roster in a new direction. On July 20, we analyzed and explained the Indians roster and payroll problems for 2016. The Indians were facing a potential $100 million payroll to bring back a roster that could lose 90 games. Cleveland has...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe and Braves Blockbuster Trade Benefits Both Clubs

When word began to spread around the internet like fire on Friday that the Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves were engaged in trade talks once again, it seemed like a tease of something quite possibly too good to be true for Tribe fans. When the rumors became reality, the overwhelming sense of elation and glee was palpable. How on earth had Indians general manager Chris Antonetti...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Trade Johnson to Indians for Swisher & Bourn

Over the weekend the Atlanta Braves sent third baseman Chris Johnson to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfielders Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher along with cash considerations. The Braves have been desperately trying to rid themselves of the under performing and overpaid Johnson for months and finally struck a deal to accomplish just that. Unfortunately Bourn and Swisher...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Time Now Special Report: The Bourn & Swisher Trade

The Cleveland Indians trade Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to the Atlanta Braves for Chris Johnson and a bunch of money. Special host Damien Bowman (@damienbowman) is joined by Jim Pete (@JimPeteEHC) and Michael Hattery (@HatmanEHC) of Everybody Hates Cleveland, Stephanie Liscio (@stephanieliscio) of It’s Pronounced “Lajaway”, Mike Brandyberry (@didtribewin) of Did The Tribe...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians moving on without Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn

While both signings made a big splash when they first happened following the 2012 season, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher have become two of the most hated men in Cleveland over the past two seasons. The pair made up 33% of team payroll for 2014 alone and contributed 0.0 (Swisher) and 0.4 (Bourn) of the Indians 12.1 total WAR (3.3%) according to Fangraphs. It isn’t surprising that...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

O-H Bye Bros: Indians trade Swisher, Bourn, cash to Braves for Chris Johnson

While the 2015 Cleveland Indians season has been absolutely disappointing, Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti apparently have used such frustrations as an impetus to start an overhaul on the team. The infrastructure rebuild started before the MLB trade deadline when David Murphy and Marc Rzepczynski were shipped off to contenders for prospects. However, such trades were merely appetizers...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Bourn returns to the National League East as Indians, Braves complete trade

View image | Former Phillies outfielder Michael Bourn is headed back to the National League East. According to New York Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman, Bourn, along with outfielder Nick Swisher and cash considerations, have been dealt to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for 30-year-old infielder Chris Johnson. #Braves...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves trade Johnson to Indians for Bourn, Swisher

Expecting to be dealt before the MLB trade deadline, Chris Johnson got his wish a week late. The Braves shipped the third baseman to the Indians on Friday in exchange for outfielders Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. Acquired as part of the Justin Upton deal, Johnson had a breakout first season with the Braves in 2013. He finished second in the National League with a .361 batting average...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians send Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher to Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves finally unloaded Chris Johnson and his contract, but it came at a cost – they acquired the ugly contracts of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher from the Cleveland Indians for him. Atlanta is also getting a yet to be known pile of cash in the trade. We’ve acquired INF Chris Johnson from ATL for Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn & cash. More soon:
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24 days ago  |  Discuss
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