Braves Shopping Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn

The Atlanta Braves are reportedly looking to deal at least one of Nick Swisher or Michael Bourn before Opening Day. The team is willing to “eat a good portion of the salary” that is owed to either player during the upcoming season, in order to complete a trade. Atlanta is in a rebuilding process and it […]
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Braves Looking To Trade Swisher And Bourn

With the Atlanta Braves in full rebuilding mode, veteran outfielders Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher are on the trading block. Mark Bowman of reports that they hope to trade one of them prior to the season, and are willing to take on a significant portion of their salaries. Bowman says that since the Braves are set in center field with Ender Inciarte and Emilio Bonifacio...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Indians cut ties with Chris Johnson, despite owing him $17 million

The Cleveland Indians have officially released infielder Chris Johnson Tuesday, despite owing him $17.5 million.The Indians acquired Johnson from the Braves in August, in a deal that swapped two bad contracts for one. Cleveland sent Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to Atlanta, in exchange for Johnson -- who is owed $7.5 million in 2016, $9 million in 2017, and a $1 million buyout in...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Hot Stove: Indians officially release Chris Johnson

The Cleveland Indians had designated Chris Johnson for assignment 10 days ago upon signing Rajai Davis to make room on the 40-man roster. Not surprisingly, the 10 days went by without a team claiming Johnson nor a trade being completed with another team. Therefore, the Indians have elected to release Johnson thereby eating the rest of the $17.5 million he is owed (includes a $1 million...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians designate Chris Johnson for assignment

After the Cleveland Indians added two legitimate major league players over the last 24 hours to a full 40-man roster, it was obvious that some house-cleaning would need to occur to clear space. Surprisingly, the first name removed was the most expensive one possible: Chris Johnson. The Indians announced that Johnson had been designated for assignment at 1:10 p.m. Thursday. Johnson...
Via Waiting For Next Year
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

The First Tweets From Some of Your Favorite Players

It’s hard to believe, but only a handful of baseball players have more than a million followers on Twitter. And the ones that do (Nick Swisher, Yu Darvish and Mike Trout) aren’t even some of the best tweeters in the Majors. But, they had to start somewhere. Here’s a look at the first tweets of baseball’s most popular tweeters and, naturally, its most entertaining. Brandon...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves looking to unload Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn

It all seems so long ago. Back in 2013, the Cleveland Indians surged to make the playoffs. Nick Swisher, fresh off a four-year, $56 million contract — the largest free agent deal in franchise history — played 145 games and posted 3.6 rWAR. Michael Bourn, signed late in the offseason to a four-year, $48 million deal, played 130 games and had 2.3 rWAR. They haven’t been the...
Via Waiting For Next Year
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Lack of Production Led to the End of Overpaid Veterans

Remember when Michael Bourn worked with an olympic trainer this winter? Remember when Nick Swisher was going to be a brand new player after having double knee surgery? Remember when Brandon Moss was going to the big power bat the Indians had been looking for since Travis Hafner was in his prime? Whatever happened to those guys? Oh right, reality set in. In the winter after the 2012...
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October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians Use Addition By Subtraction In Playoff Push

Not only did Cleveland acquire two productive players at the deadline, but the subtraction of Swisher and Bourn have allowed for productive platoons to emerge. The Indians have been on a torrid 22-12 pace in their last 34 games, and are making strong consideration to sneak in, once again, as an American League wildcard contender. It appears to be a perennial trend where the Tribe...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Stupid, Crazy Optimism

Ever since the Indians went into the All-Star break sitting behind eight teams in the Wild Card race and then even more so after they went on to lose six in a row to the White Sox and Royals I have been firmly in the camp of waiting for 2016. At that moment it looked like nothing could wake the sleeping offense, that Nick Swisher was about to come back to waste another roster spot...
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August 29, 2015  |  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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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Browns pre-season game, Nick Swisher, and scared of West Virginia – WFNY Podcast – 2015-08-13

Craig Lyndall is finally podcasting with people again. Dave Sterling rejoins the podcast. Click here for my guide to podcasting equipment and software. Check out all the gear and software that Craig uses to record the podcast Craig and Dave briefly discuss the first half of the Browns game Nick Swisher is a dude you met freshman year of college Trying to get rid of that dude...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Browns conclusions, Nick Swisher, Yelp and more: While We’re Waiting

Happy Friday WFNY people. It’s my turn on the WWW and I get the morning after a Browns pre-season game. How many of you watched the Indians instead? Anyway, here’s all the stuff that I found interesting to talk about. While We’re Waiting… Breaking down the Browns’ pre-season game… You don’t get to draw conclusions just because you want to and just because the Browns...
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August 14, 2015  |  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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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher’s former Indian teammates grew tired of his cheerleading

Newly acquired Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Swisher is known for having one of baseball’s biggest personalities. While some love his enthusiasm for the game, others have grown tired of it, including some of his former Indian teammates according to Zach Meisel of According to Meisel, Swisher’s attitude had become grating among some of his former teammates, and...
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August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians weren't sad to see Nick Swisher go

The Nick Swisher era has ended in Cleveland. Last week the Indians traded the overzealous first baseman/outfielder to the Braves, in a move that will bring them relief in more ways than one. The trade, which also sent outfielder Michael Bourn and some cash to Atlanta, frees the Indians of their biggest salary albatross, a wasted roster spot and a seemingly unwanted cheerleader in...
Via Fox Sports
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Not all Indians in clubhouse sad to see Nick Swisher go

By Will Gibson Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn were traded last week, and now their departures — especially that of Swisher — have inspired some looks back at their time in Cleveland. Both had been productive MLB players elsewhere and came to Cleveland as big money, 30-plus year-old free agents; both struggled to maintain that productivity and showed their age more than Tribe...
Via Waiting For Next Year
August 11, 2015  |  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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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The Indians trade Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn! – WFNY Podcast – 2015-08-09

It was a nice vacation, but I have so many things to say about Cleveland sports! First up, the Indians and their monumental trade of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. Here’s what I discussed. Click here for a direct link to the MP3 file. Also, be sure to subscribe on iTunes. [Also see: Andre Knott gets pelted with sunflower seeds] Anything is possible if the Indians can trade them...
Via Waiting For Next Year
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

C-Cap Recap: Retooled Indians Clobber and Kluber the Twins

With their lone All-Star on the disabled list and veteran bats Brandon Moss, David Murphy, Michael Bourn, and Nick Swisher all permanently jettisoned from the payroll, a presumably lame-duck version of the 2015 Cleveland Indians went out and—naturally—dropped 34 runs on the reeling Minnesota Twins over the weekend, taking two of three games in the process. It was a series so...
Via Waiting For Next Year
August 10, 2015  |  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...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
August 10, 2015  |  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?
August 09, 2015  |  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...
August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Time Now #26: Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher Traded to Atlanta Braves

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...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
August 08, 2015  |  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...
Via Burning River Baseball
August 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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