Tribe comes out glowing in Grantland’s MLB preview

Can a team that fell short of the playoffs and didn’t make many headlines in the offseason actually be among the favorites heading in to the next year? If you ask Grantland’s Jonah Keri, that answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ as the Cleveland Indians are ranked fifth in his 2015 MLB Preview. Keri makes sure to let readers know that last year’s results do not matter; it’s a...
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1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Ramsey Provides Young Outfield Depth

If you are a young outfielder in the Cleveland Indians farm system, it is possible that you might be a bit discouraged by your prospects of cracking the Major League roster any time this season. It is a stark contrast to just a couple of years ago when, prior to the arrivals of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher and the success of Michael Brantley, the Indians outfield was a frightening...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Put Your Money Where Your Bat Is

Back before 2013, the Tribe spent gobs of money on two marquee free agents when they inked Nick Swisher to a four year, $56 million deal and then shocked the world by signing Michael Bourn to one worth $48 million over the same four years. The Bourn deal seemed like a bargain at the time, as the 2012 All-Star had been holding out for a deal worth around $75 million. Currently, however...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
9 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

Tribe Opens New Season with Same Expectations

As the sun rises in Goodyear, Arizona this morning and pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training, many things have changed around the Indians while very little has changed internally. Chief Wahoo smiles atop the page this morning for the first time since last season’s disappointing 85-77 third place finish. The 2014 goal, Unfinished Business, was clear: build upon...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Cleveland Indians

Beyond Corey Kluber, the Tribe's roster doesn't seem to have big names, but it's full of rosterable fantasy players. There are a few interesting sleeper types, too. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: 1B/OF Brandon Moss, SP Gavin Floyd Key losses...
Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Bourn finally healthy to bolster the top of the order?

Before Michael Bourn signed with the Indians in 2013, he had only one stint on the disabled list. During his two seasons in Cleveland, he has been on the DL three times. With Bourn working with a track coach at the University of Houston during the offseason, the Indians are hoping that won't be the case this season. Bourn battled hamstring problems all last season after first injuring...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: February 11, 2013

The Indians surprise many by snatching one of the last big name free agents remaining unsigned, inking center fielder Michael Bourn to a four-year, $48 million contract. Bourn is coming off of his second National League All-Star season as he hit .274 with 42 stolen bases and ten triples in his lone full season with the Atlanta Braves. He had previously spent time with the Philadelphia...
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19 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

MMO Fan Shot: An Evening With Sandy Alderson

An MMO Fan Shot by Matt Stephens In 2013 the Mets hosted an event where you could ask Sandy Alderson questions. It was pretty lame. It was right in the midst of the Michael Bourn saga, and every question was about that. It wasn’t fun. This time around I think things went a little better. Sandy was definitely more insightful, and though he reiterated his usual points, it was more...
Via Mets Merized Online
25 days ago  |  Discuss

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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January 20, 2015  |  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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January 17, 2015  |  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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January 15, 2015  |  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...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 31, 2014  |  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

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...
Via Mets360.com
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...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
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...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
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...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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