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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...
Via Burning River Baseball
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Importance of Base Running

Baseball is a game of many facets, many of which are often ignored, simply because they are not easy to judge statistically. Because of this, hitting and pitching are often overvalued while other parts like defense (beyond errors and fielding percent), managing, a catcher’s ability to call a game and base running (beyond steals) are simply set aside. One of the benefits of tracking...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Masterson Extension Offer a Lucky Miss One Year Later

There’s an old adage, “some of the best trades are the ones that are never made.” It’s probably even more truer in free agency and the Indians are no better example. Two years ago the Tribe surprised its fan base and much of baseball when it spent an uncharacteristic $112 million on free agents Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Brett Myers and Mark Reynolds. Almost immediately...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
5 days ago  |  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...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Moss Adds Instant Credibility to Middle of Tribe Lineup

When the Indians swung a deal with the Oakland Athletics on Monday to acquire veteran first baseman and outfielder Brandon Moss it was a bit of a surprise. However, it should certainly be viewed a pleasant one. Granted the deal had been rumored since late last week, it was surprising in that Tribe management made a move to upgrade the everyday lineup after maintaining from the start...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings Recap: Indians shopping list is short

The Winter Meetings out in San Diego have wrapped up, but the news and rumors continue to trickle in. If anything of substance regarding the Indians has legs I will provide the update on Twitter @TonyIBI and in the newswire to the right. If anything more significant gains legs I will surely post it to the front page as well. - This is a very strange offseason for the Indians as...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
8 days ago  |  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...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians acquire Brandon Moss from A’s

            The Cleveland Indians have acquired first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Joey Wendle. The 31-year-old Moss batted .234 with a 25 homers and 81 RBIs in a career-high 147 games for the A’s and was named an All-Star this season. Moss hit .268 with 21 homers in the...
Via Sports-Glory
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Moss dealt to Indians

After days of speculation, Brandon Moss has finally been dealt by the Oakland A’s. As expected, the Cleveland Indians are his new home. In return, Cleveland sends minor league second baseman Joey Wendle west. Joey Wendle, as anticipated, goes back to Oakland for Brandon Moss. Final deal. Done. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 8, 2014 Wendle hit .253/.311/.414 in just 87...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Moss dealt to Indians

After days of speculation, Brandon Moss has finally been dealt by the Oakland A’s. As expected, the Cleveland Indians are his new home. In return, Cleveland sends minor league second baseman Joey Wendle west. Joey Wendle, as anticipated, goes back to Oakland for Brandon Moss. Final deal. Done. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 8, 2014 Wendle hit .253/.311/.414 in just 87...
Via Bloguin Best
11 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Winter Meetings Primer: The Indians Won’t Stand Pat

The 2014 MLB Winter Meetings week is here! There has been lots of speculation and rumors already leading up the the convention of GMs, agents, and players looking for work that will take place at the Hilton Bayfront in beautiful San Diego, California. What, you thought it was going to be in Milwaukee? Every team comes to these meetings looking to improve its club, one way or another...
Via Waiting For Next Year
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Happenings: Indians in good spot as meetings begin

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… Solid ground As the Winter Meetings get cranked up today, the Indians sit in a good spot as an organization. Do they have holes they would like to fill? Yes. Do they need a little tinkering here and there? Yep. But that’s true of any team. But the advantage the Indians had going into the offseason is every player on the...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
11 days ago  |  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...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Burning River Radio 3.1: Who is Kevin Gall?

Burning River Radio is back after a long break and is as mediocre as ever. BurningRiverBaseball.com’s newest writer, Kevin Gall, joined me to discuss baseball’s hot stove season. Among the topics covered were the possible trades for Brandon Moss and Allen Craig as well as what to do with the dead weight in Nick Swisher and Ryan Raburn. Are children really the future or is it...
Via Burning River Baseball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

How would Brandon Moss fit with the Indians?

The Indians may be on the verge of adding a big bat to the lineup. According to several reports, the Cleveland Indians are in talks with the Oakland A’s to acquire first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss. Oakland is looking to upgrade their minor league system and rebuild their roster, as was confirmed by trading Josh Donaldson. The next chip that they are flaunting is Moss. The...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians and As expected to make a deal Friday

While unwilling to trade for one of the best third basemen in the game of baseball, could Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti have something else up his sleeve when it comes to a deal with the Oakland Athletics? The Indians have been recently linked to As infielder Brandon Moss, with deal that could reportedly be done as soon as Friday. The 31-year old Moss is coming...
Via Waiting For Next Year
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Targets: Kendrys Morales

The rumors are starting up again and with Chase Headley apparently off the table, the Indians have lowered their standards to a familiar name, former Mariner, Twin, Mariner and Angel Kendrys Morales. Morales was one of the qualifying offer pariahs last season, as after he declined the Mariners qualifying offer of more than $11M for 2014, he was unable to get a deal with another team...
Via Burning River Baseball
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians “optimistic” about acquiring Brandon Moss

There’s a glut of 1B/DH/OF types in Oakland (and quite frankly, in Cleveland too), and one of those players seems likely to be moved this winter. The A’s are talking to the Cleveland Indians about Brandon Moss, and the Tribe is “optimistic” that a deal will get done between the two clubs. #Indians guardedly optimistic that trade for Oakland's Brandon Moss will get done....
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians “optimistic” about acquiring Brandon Moss

There’s a glut of 1B/DH/OF types in Oakland (and quite frankly, in Cleveland too), and one of those players seems likely to be moved this winter. The A’s are talking to the Cleveland Indians about Brandon Moss, and the Tribe is “optimistic” that a deal will get done between the two clubs. #Indians guardedly optimistic that trade for Oakland's Brandon Moss will get done....
Via Bloguin Best
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Does a Rolling Tribe Gather Moss?

The Indians are obviously looking for an upgrade at the DH spot in the lineup, first kicking the tires on Chase Headley, then Kendrys Morales and they are now rumored to be interested in the Oakland Athletics Brandon Moss. It won’t be hard to improve over the Indians performance at DH in 2014 as Nick Swisher posted one of the worst batting lines in recent history (.208/.278/.331...
Via Burning River Baseball
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: November 25, 1980

Current Indians designated hitter, first baseman, and occasional outfielder Nick Swisher is born in Columbus, Ohio. Swisher, the animated clubhouse presence, joined the Cleveland roster early in 2013 on a four-year, $56 million contract with a vesting option for a fifth year. He had previously spent his first four seasons in Oakland before a one year layover in Chicago with the White...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Nick Swisher Done?

Can Nick Swisher bounce back and help in 2015?
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Toward an Indians Off-Season Strategy

This is the first off-season I can remember in quite a while that doesn’t seem to carry with it a somewhat obvious imperative for the Cleveland Indians front office.  Typically, it feels like we enter the winter with a hole that requires filling.  Last year, for instance, the team had to address right field, as Nick Swisher transferred to a 1B/DH role.  Some years we’ve needed...
Via Waiting For Next Year
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Swisher Trade Rumors Could Result in a Ubaldo-Cleveland Reunion

The #IndiansTwitter-sphere exploded a bit on Tuesday with the tweet-announcement from Ken Rosenthal that stated that the Indians could be looking to trade Nick Swisher. Rosenthal’s tweet said that sources implied the Indians are “exploring wide range of options, including a trade of Swisher for another player with an inflated contract.” He went on to state that since Swisher...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Could Nick Swisher be on the move?

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cleveland Indians are exploring a possible trade that would involve RF/1B Nick Swisher. The switch-hitter came off a terrible season, hitting .208, with 42 RBI, with 75 H. In the 2012 offseason, Swisher signed a 4yr/$56M contract which also includes a $14 Million option for a fifth year. The 33-year-old’s season was interrupted with...
Via Baseball Essential
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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