Spending Does Not Equate To Success

Cringing because the Mets failed to acquire Ben Zobrist or Ian Desmond? Love to criticize the Wilpons for running a small market team in the big apple? You may disagree with me, but I don’t their either of those opinions are valid, and I’m here to tell you why. I know the Mets’ payroll has decreased each of the last five seasons, to the point where New York’s 2014 figure...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Seasons Looming For Tribe’s Highly-Paid Free Agents

Two offseasons ago, the normally low-spending Cleveland Indians shocked the baseball world when they broke the bank on a pair of high-priced free agents. A team loaded, with good, young talent the Tribe decided it was a couple of good, veteran players away from being a postseason contender. This was right on the heels of hiring veteran, World Series-winning manager Terry Francona...
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11 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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13 days ago  |  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...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

What to expect in 2015, according to Fangraphs

Over at Fangraphs, most of the best publicly available projection systems are readily available for you to view, free of charge. Plus, in addition to the raw projections for each player, Fangraphs maintains a projected depth chart, which parses out the available playing time in a full season to the players most likely to receive it in the coming year. There will always be players...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: December 27, 1982

Current Cleveland center fielder Michael Bourn is born in Houston, Texas. Bourn will enter his tenth Major League season in 2015 and his third with the Indians. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2003 amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and spent his first two seasons with the team in 2006 and 2007. Following the 2007 season, he was dealt back to his hometown team,...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Emergence of an Ace — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 4

If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last six years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the ten biggest sports stories to...
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December 23, 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

Quiet Winter Meetings for Cleveland No Surprise

If you followed along with the heavily active Winter Meetings this past week and came away disappointed that the Cleveland Indians were not more active, you were probably not alone. After an 85-77 finish to follow a wild run to the AL Wild Card game the previous season, there were holes to consider filling on the roster, but so far, the Indians have made just one substantial roster...
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December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Finding a Role for Nick Swisher

With the Indians’ acquisition of Brandon Moss, the talks have started that someone will need to go in order to make room on the field for the first baseman/outfielder. The only question is, who would that be? Carlos Santana will be returning as the Tribe’s first baseman, while the entire outfield is back in Michael Brantley, Michael Bourn, and David Murphy. Ryan Raburn is also...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Can Deal From Depth

When the regular season ended and the focus turned to 2015, it was clear that the Cleveland Indians would not be major players in the free agent market. With financial limitations and a significant amount of money tied up to the large contracts of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn and other dollars earmarked for young players who had been extended in the last year, it looked far more...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Disappointments — Centerfielders

We return from a work induced break to continue with the saga of looking at more disappointments from the 2014 season. Of course, this comes on the heels of all of baseball’s awards. Disappointments are an interesting contrast when compared to rookies of the year, Cy Young award winners, and most valuable player awards. Like some other positions, there weren’t very many disappointments...
Via The Fantasy Fix
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets360 MLB Project: Cleveland Indians

Indians fans will be thrilled to learn that a Mets fan had their team for this project. Hey, at least in the last four years the Mets have been run with a greatly reduced budget. So, Tribe fans, keep in mind that it could have been worse. Hopefully what I lack in familiarity I can make up for with a fresh perspective. To me, there are no sacred cows on the team and no built-in...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Trade Winds May Become Gusty this Winter

After three weeks of reflection on the Cleveland Indians and their disappointing 2014 season, it’s time to move on. While the World Series enters Game 3 this evening, the Tribe is just about a week away from kicking off their offseason. And while the defense was horrendous, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn underachieved for the second straight season and the acquisition of John Axford...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

A deeper look into the numbers for the Indians

Despite missing the playoffs the Cleveland Indians made some great strides in 2014 and have expanded on an already promising young core of players. I wanted to dive deep into the numbers to find out where the Indians can improve knowing they have limited money to work with.  With arbitration cases and natural raises the Indians will be on the books for somewhere between $70-75 million...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Building a Wahoo Winner: Getting Swisher, Bourn back to form

As the winter of 2012 thawed its way into the spring of 2013, so did the Cleveland Indians thaw the previously frozen heart of their organization. The additions of Terry Francona, Michael Bournand Nick Swisher prior to the 2013 season pumped life into a jaded fan-base and brought, if only for a fleeting moment, visions of the ticker tape floating from the sky and onto East 9th...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

To get Martinez, one of Bourn or Swisher would have to go

The Cleveland Indians should make a bold move this offseason to help them win the American League Central Division. That bold move would be Victor Martinez. Martinez is an MVP candidate for the Detroit Tigers and is set to hit the free agent market at the age of 36.  He is coming off a career season where he hit .335 (2nd in MLB), 32 home runs (9th), and 103 RBI (10th).  Among...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

With a young core in place, Indians need to look for power

They teased. They winked. And they beckoned. But when the final chapter closed on the 162-game journey, the Indians fell just short of the postseason and a spot to play in October. Not exactly the outcome many envisioned at the start of spring training, especially for a team coming in with high expectations. For the 11th time in 13 years, winter has again come too soon for Tribe...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Bourn to Disappoint

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.   At the end of the 2012 season, Michael Bourn was a prime target as a free agent after having...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

9/22 Recap: Poor Defense & Offense Keeps Tribe Down

Player of the Game A fact that shouldn’t surprise anyone, Carlos Carrasco pitched another magnificent game tonight. He struck out nine in 7.1 innings and gave up just eight hits, two of which could have been called errors. He did give up two runs, which is about double his normal quota since rejoining the rotation, but the first of those should have been unearned after a situation...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Look To Solve Misfiring Offense

Michael Bourn has admitted the Cleveland Indians need to find a solution to their misfiring offense if they are going to maintain their march for a place in the play-offs. With the regular season reaching its climax, the Indians know that time is running out for them to ensure they repeat last year’s feat of making the postseason. With the division and Wild Card places still up...
Via Burning River Baseball
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Small Things Adding Up: Michael Bourn’s Speedy Decline

Michael Bourn has been a disappointment on the field since coming to Cleveland, and there is not any one root of his problems.
Via Fangraphs
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Stash-less Indians sweep doubleheader

Monday night’s horrible 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins put added pressure on your Cleveland Indians. We know it and so do the players. Said Michael Bourn less than 48 hours ago: “We know what’s at stake. We need to win games like that to stay in the standings. The more we lose, the more we fall behind. We put ourself in a deeper hole.” The Wednesday night rainout was actually...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Oh, Dickerson, We Hardly Knew Ye

As mentioned in the post game report last night, the Indians have demoted Chris Dickerson in what was a very oddly timed move. Dickerson was originally purchased from the Tigers in July to help with outfield depth after injuries to Michael Bourn and Nyjer Morgan really thinned things out. When he initially joined the club, it seemed like he would never cool down, starting out with...
Via Burning River Baseball
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Angels jets passing loudly over the stadium delayed the at-bats of Torii Hunter and Michael Bourn

Blue Angels jets passing loudly over the stadium delayed the at-bats of Torii Hunter and Michael Bourn yesterday. Turn up the volume.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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