A Deeper Look at Cleveland’s Middle Infielders

In 2014, the Indians committed 116 errors and maintained a .981 fielding percentage, both good for last place in the entire league. Of those errors, Asdrubal Cabrera was guilty of committing 14 and lowered the team fielding percentage by contributing a terrible 963. Cabrera, to put it lightly, was terrible as a defensive shortstop, but did the Indians get better when he left? PlayerErrors...
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9 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...
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19 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

The Beginning of A New Era

It can be difficult to take an outside or long term view of the present, but there are a few signs that the Cleveland Indians may have just entered into a new era. Looking back in the past, there are obvious turning points for the team where large scale changes were made over a short span. The two graphs below show the Indians winning percentage from 1901 through 2014 (split before...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Aviles is Casey Blake

Mike Aviles and former Indians third baseman/right fielder Casey Blake may not seem to have much in common on the surface, but they are in fact, the same individual. Aviles was born in New York City in 1981 while Blake is from Iowa and was born almost a decade earlier. Blake began his career as a third baseman with the Blue Jays, but came to the Tribe as a free agent from Minnesota...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Buckeye Talk, Nick Swisher, and the “Vikings Family”: While We’re Waiting

Hey there, WFNY. It’s Wednesday, and I’m not TD. Yes, much like Mike Aviles, I have no regular WWW position, but I’m pitching in wherever needed. So, from when you last heard from me in the WWW space, it was Thursday, and plenty has happened since then. In fact, all five of the teams that I follow have relevant news going on, so let’s not waste any time. Last night was my...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians prospect Giovany Urshela injures knee in winter ball

Giovany Urshela was one of the surprise prospects in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2014. The third baseman appeared to have an outside shot for a possible major league roster spot next season. But an injured knee in the Venezuelan Winter League could cast that in serious doubt. Urshela, a 23-year-old native of Colombia, injured his knee running the bases on Saturday. An MRI...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Offseason Plans Begin to Take Focus

With the conclusion of the World Series, contract options picked up or declined and qualifying offers extended the offseason is in official full swing. For the Indians, they’ve had about six weeks to evaluate how their 2014 season, with the goal of Unfinished Business, became one of Royal Disappointment. The Tribe has quietly already been busy. Two weeks ago the Indians exercised...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ramifications of Bringing Back Mike Aviles

The Cleveland Indians decided yesterday to accept the $3.5M option of Mike Aviles, bringing back the utility infielder for the 2015 season. There was a $250K buyout, so it was a real cost of just $3.25M as the first quarter million was already sunk. While in the initial look at the situation, it looked as if the Indians would have been better off letting him go or trading him (which...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians pick up option on Aviles

CLEVELAND -- In a move that was expected, the Indians have picked up their club option on infielder Mike Aviles for next season. Aviles, who will be in his third season with the Tribe, hit .247 with 16 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 39 RBI. He equaled his career-high with 14 stolen bases and had two walk off hits, including a home run on Aug. 14 against Baltimore. Besides...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians exercise option on infielder Mike Aviles

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have exercised their $3.5 million option for next season on versatile infielder Mike Aviles. In his second season with Cleveland, the 33-year-old Aviles batted .247 with 16 doubles, five homers and 39 RBIs in 113 games. He added 14 steals, matching a career high. Cleveland went 48-40 in games Aviles started. He played six positions, including 28 games...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Indians Extend Corey Kluber?

The Indians have a lot of decisions to make this off-season, but unlike those have discussed considering Mike Aviles, Lonnie Chisenhall, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin, any decision about Kluber will be a positive one. While those other players have to be evaluated as to whether they will even be on the team in 2015, Kluber will not only be there, but will be the ace. The question...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Happenings: Looking at the Indians true offseason needs

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… Looking at roster decisions With the World Series set to end on Tuesday or Wednesday night, the official start to the MLB offseason will get underway by the weekend. Teams have to make decisions on contract options for 2015 within three days of the conclusion of the World Series, and trades and other moves can begin to be...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Picking up Aviles’ option goes beyond the numbers

Strictly based on the numbers, Cleveland exercising utility man Mike Aviles’ $3.5 million option for 2015 makes no sense. Going beyond the surface numbers, however, shows why the move is defensible. No one will ever confuse Aviles with an impact player. His offense over the past three seasons has been remarkably consistent, with the 33-year-old posting the following lines: 2012...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Stroylines: Indians pick up club option on Milke Aviles

Top Stories Mike Aviles will be back on the Indians roster for the 2015 season. The Indians decided to exercise their $3.5 million option on him for 2015 instead of buying him out for $250K. According to Paul Hoynes, the Indians could have went either way with the decision since they are limited financially for the upcoming season. Aviles hit .247 with 5 HR and 39 RBI. He only played...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Indians Exercise Aviles’ Option?

The Cleveland Indians will have a few hard decisions to make, regarding personnel and one of the first of these should involve Mike Aviles. Unlike all but one other member of the final 40 man roster for the Indians, Aviles is not officially under contract for the 2015 season. Rather, the super utility man has a single option year left from his contract that he signed shortly after...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles sac fly lifts Indians over Astros in 13

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians relied on their pitching again, and their offense came alive just in time to beat the Houston Astros. Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Indians a 2-1 win on Thursday night. Ramirez doubled with one out before Samuel Deduno (2-6) walked Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana to set up Aviles' fly to right...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles sac fly lifts Indians over Astros in 13

HOUSTON (AP) Mike Aviles's sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Ramirez doubled with one out before Samuel Deduno (2-6) walked Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana to set up Aviles' fly to right. Jake Marisnick's throw to the plate was offline, and Ramirez scored easily. Kyle Crockett...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros mascot Orbit trolls Indians players with 'Famous Stache Wax'

Infamous for his shenanigans with opposing players, Houston Astros mascot "Orbit" took his act to the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night. In honor of the Tribe's "rally 'stache" movement, which began at the end of August, Orbit "grew" one of his own. Apparently now a mustache aficionado, the furry green creature tried to sell the Indians on his own grooming product. Watch as Indians...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Avila Bounces Off Backstop To Make Incredible Catch (Video)

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila put a lot of faith in the backstop netting at Comerica Park on Friday night. When Mike Aviles of the Kansas City Royals hit a pop fly behind home plate, the catcher ran toward the ball and jumped into the netting to make an amazing catch before bouncing back onto the field feet-first. Avila made a tough play look easy. Hey, in fact, it looks kind...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Mike Aviles cleared to play

The Cleveland Indians improved to 76-69 on the season and stay in the thick of the American League Central race following a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Carlos Santana provided the offense, hitting home runs in both games. There was more good news as Mike Aviles, who has been out with concussion-like symptoms, was cleared to play. #454509874 / gettyimages...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Mike Aviles close to returning from concussion

The Cleveland Indians dropped to 74-69 on the season following a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. At five games back in the division and the wild card race, the Indians need to be healthy to make a run at the post season down the stretch. The good news is that Mike Aviles is improving and is close to returning from a concussion. #488338739 / gettyimages.comOur own Nathaniel...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Aviles out for extended period

CLEVELAND -- Mike Aviles will be out for an undermined period due to concussion-related symptoms. Aviles hit his head on the turf in right field during the first inning of Monday's game against the Tigers and came out in the fourth after saying he was nauseous. Due to the expanded rosters, Aviles does not have to be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list but he will go...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians' Aviles out with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians utilityman Mike Aviles is sidelined because of a concussion. Aviles was injured in the first inning Monday when he attempted to make a diving catch of a fly ball in right field. He remained in the game, but misjudged a ball two innings later and was removed with a sore neck. Manager Terry Francona said Aviles is a ''little foggy'' and was sent home by team...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Mike Aviles out with whiplash

Cleveland Indians outfielder Mike Aviles was out of the lineup Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers with symptoms related to whiplash, reports Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com: #488338739 / gettyimages.comAviles suffered the injury in the first inning of Monday’s loss to Detroit while diving for an Ian Kinsler triple and was removed after one at-bat after receiving a rare start...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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