2016 Cleveland Indians Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

When a team within your division wins the World Series, there is a sense of jealousy and "why not us" seeps into the brain. Out of the 19 matchups in 2015, Kansas City only had a 10-9 edge. The Indians outscored the Royals in those games 90-78. While the division was well out of hand (13.5 game back), Cleveland finished the 2015 season only 4.5 games out of the Wild Card spot. Most...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians have the pitching, but are they wasting it?

Cleveland sports leave fans shaking their heads in disgust plenty more often than waving their arms in jubilation. Financial limitations often force sporadic success, and routine letdowns have become the city’s calling card.  It’s easy to quip about its sports teams and the fans have embraced the ineptitude, however, are the Indians doing its team and fans a disservice? Nearly...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Bobby Bradley be the power hitter the Indians desperately need?

The current rendition of the Cleveland Indians could definitely use more power. In 2015, the Tribe finished 22nd in home runs, with only the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox beneath them from the DH-invigorated American League. Not a single player even reached 20 home runs — Carlos Santana led the team with 19. The team did finish middle of the MLB pack in slugging percentage...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Optimizing the 2016 Indians Line-Up

It is no secret that the Indians needed to add some offensive muscle after the 2015 season ended. Fans cried out for a “right-handed power bat” like their lives depended on it, hoping some tweet or Facebook post would touch a nerve in the front office and inspire a game changer. To be honest, power is important but it isn’t everything. The tribe has stepped up their collection...
Via Burning River Baseball
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Napoli to play 1b for Indians after finalizing $7M deal

CLEVELAND (AP) Mike Napoli switched positions without a hitch. The Indians hope his latest move will be as smooth. A former catcher who transitioned to first base, Napoli finalized his $7 million, one-year contract with the Indians on Tuesday. The deal was agreed upon last month, but Napoli had to take a physical and some contract language needed to be completed before the slugger...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli and Indians finalize $7 million, 1-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) Free agent slugger Mike Napoli and the Cleveland Indians have finalized their $7 million, one-year contract. Napoli had to pass a physical before the deal could be finalized. Napoli can earn an additional $3 million in performance bonuses under Tuesday's agreement. Cleveland's lineup needs some right-handed power, and the Indians are hoping the 34-year-old can...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Niekro Brothers, Manaea, Napoli, HoF, more

n 1960, when he was playing in the South Atlantic League, Phil Niekro was told that he could pitch in the big leagues if he could get his knuckleball over the plate more consistently. Those words, which came from manager Red Murff, were the springboard to a Hall of Fame career. “No one had ever told me that before, and it was my motivator,” Niekro told me recently. “It was...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Tribe Time Now 37: Hittin’ on Napoli and Davis, Missing on Frazier?

Stephanie Liscio (@StephanieLiscio) of It’s Pronounced “Lajaway” and Bob Toth (@theBobToth) of Did The Tribe Win Last Night? join Jim Pete (@JimPeteEHC) of Everybody Hates Cleveland to talk about the @Indians making their first waves of the 2015/2016 Hot Stove Season by signing OF Rajai Davis and 1B/DH Mike Napoli. Are they the real deal, place holders or busts? Will the Indians...
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December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians add Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis

In the last week the Cleveland Indians have added veterans Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis. Both players are in their mid thirties, 34 and 35 respectively, but do provide some upside and could add quality at-bats to the Indians lineup. Both are very different players who bring opposite skill sets to the table. While both players will be welcome additions to the Cleveland lineup and have...
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December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians Take Good Gamble On Mike Napoli

Many baseball things happened yesterday. One of them was that Mike Napoli, late of the Angels, Rangers, Red Sox, and, hey, Rangers again, signed a one year, $7 million deal with the Cleveland Indians. Since converting to first base in 2013, Napoli has played there almost exclusively, the exception being a brief though not brief enough cameo in left field with Texas last season...
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December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians find elusive right-handed power bat in Mike Napoli

The Indians have had two primary goals this off-season; to improve the offense and find three adult human beings, preferably with experience in Major League Baseball to play the outfield. They accomplished one of those goals on Wednesday with the addition of first baseman Mike Napoli to a one year, $7 million deal. It was widely known that the Indians were looking to add a right...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians find elusive right-handed power bat in Mike Napoli

The Indians have had two primary goals this off-season; to improve the offense and find three adult human beings, preferably with experience in Major League Baseball to play the outfield. They accomplished one of those goals on Wednesday with the addition of first baseman Mike Napoli to a one year, $7 million deal. It was widely known that the Indians were looking to add a right...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

AP source: Indians, Napoli agree to $7M, 1-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the deal says the Indians have an agreement with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli on a $7 million, one-year contract. Napoli's deal includes $3 million in performance bonuses, the person told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Napoli must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized. ...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Hot Stove: Indians sign Mike Napoli

In response to the Chicago White Sox announcing the acquisition of Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team trade, the Cleveland Indians have reportedly signed veteran slugger Mike Napoli who spent the second half of the 2015 season with the Texas Rangers. FOXSports Ken Rosenthal was first to report the news. Sources; Mike Napoli in agreement with #Indians on one-year...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Napoli, Indians Come To Terms On One-Year Contract

Mike Napoli’s tour of the American League is about to reach the AL Central. The veteran first baseman has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Indians on a one-year contract, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday. Rosenthal also reported Napoli is expected to be the Tribe’s starting first baseman. Napoli will make $7 million, plus another potential $3 million in incentives...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox interested in bringing back Mike Napoli?

Mike Napoli embraced everything about Boston during his two-plus seasons with the Red Sox. It left an impression on the organization, which must make a decision regarding first base. Hanley Ramirez currently is slated to be Boston’s starting first baseman in 2016, but the Red Sox reportedly are covering their bases by checking in with Napoli this offseason. Red sox have had...
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December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli on Cleveland Indians’ free agent interest list

Mike Napoli, a free agent first baseman and designated hitter, is reportedly drawing interest from a number of teams, including the Cleveland Indians. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported the rumor on Monday morning, also mentioning his current team, the Texas Rangers, his former team, the Boston Red Sox, and three others. Napoli, 34, was traded via waivers from Boston to Texas in...
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December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers: A breakdown of the Mike Napoli sweepstakes

The acquisition of Mike Napoli proved to be a successful one in 2015. The Rangers assessed their needs, recognized a glaring weakness against left-handed pitchers, and decided to take in the powerful Napoli. Napoli earned a frequent spot in the Texas lineup, even if it meant placing him in an uncharted left field. The former Ranger finished the season with a .295 batting average...
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November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

October Moment: Playing the odds in Toronto

The Texas Rangers have taken a 2-0 lead in this best-of-five ALDS versus the Toronto Blue Jays and they have Mike Napoli and his tremendous success against left-handed pitchers to thank for it. Napoli did not start Game 2 against the right-handed Marcus Stroman, but he knew his opportunity might come late against one of the Blue Jays left-handed relievers. That is exactly what happened...
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October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers wear patriotic shorts because…America (photos)

The Texas Rangers are headed to the postseason, as their AL Divisional Series against the Toronto Blue Jays starts on Thursday night. The team worked out on Tuesday, and did so rocking some flashy, patriotic shorts with an American theme. The sports came from first baseman Mike Napoli and feature the team’s “never ever quit” slogan. Can Nike make the girl version of the Rangers...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Napoli back with the Rangers, who are back in playoffs

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Chants of ''Nap-o-li!, Nap-o-li!'' echo in Texas just like 2011 all over again. Expect them to only get louder and more frequent now that the Rangers are back in the playoffs again, two months after the return of Mike Napoli, who had 10 RBIs in their last World Series. Even though first-year manager Jeff Banister wasn't in Texas for Napoli's first stint, he...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli gets drenched during postgame interview

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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Banister: Napoli 'might be the human victory cigar'

Texas Rangers slugger Mike Napoli is the sort of player that has a 'reputation'. It's a good thing, mind you - he hits home runs, pumps up his teammates and has a penchant for bringing everyone together. He's not unlike Jonny Gomes, another powerful right-handed hitter known for his splits against left-handed pitching and accolades as a good 'clubhouse guy'. He's only been with...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

TC’s DraftKings Value Picks: Ex-Red Sox Mike Napoli A Strong Option

Mike Napoli seems to be fitting in nicely during his second stint with the Texas Rangers. Napoli was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Rangers on Aug. 7 and has hit quite well since moving to Texas. He sports a .286 average through 25 games with the club this season and is hitting at a .333 clip with four home runs and seven RBIs in his last 16 contests. For that reason, NESN’s...
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September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers Insider: 'Ranger Most Likely' - Mike Napoli

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September 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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