Gavin Floyd is Brett Myers

On January 4, 2013, one day after the Indians signed Nick Swisher to a team record deal, the Indians signed veteran right hander Brett Myers to a one year, $7 million deal. Myers proved to be an absolute disaster, appearing in four games making three starts while giving up 10 home runs in just 21.1 innings. He experienced elbow problems and was eventually placed on the 60-day DL...
Via Burning River Baseball
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Nick Swisher On The Mend!

Who Needs to Rebound? Naming a player as a rebound player needs to be defined. First, it’s not necessarily the most improved player, which is typically an unproven player who has a break out season. Second, it’s not a player getting only marginally better. Instead, it is a player who had a bad year, requiring significant improvement to return to form the following year. This...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Cleveland Indians ZiPS projections have arrived

We’re a few days late on this, but given all of the Tribe talk today, I’m reminded that the ZiPS projections, courtesy of Dan Szymborski over at Baseball Think Factory, for the 2015 Cleveland Indians. With a few key players coming off of disappointing seasons, some other players exceeding expectations, and a few new acquisitions to analyze, highlighting the projections, which...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Swisher healthy and ready for the 2015 season

CLEVELAND -- After experiencing the most humbling and frustrating season of his career, Nick Swisher looks like he has come through everything in a better state of health and mind. Five months after having surgery on both knees, Swisher on Friday said that he has lost 15 pounds and hasn't felt this great since his junior year at Ohio State. How good? "I feel pretty (bleeping) good...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Francona upbeat with month to go until spring training

CLEVELAND -- With Tribe Fest going on this weekend and players and coaches coming into town, Indians manager Terry Francona met with beat writers and covered a variety of topics as the countdown to spring training begins to ramp up. Here are the five biggest topics that Francona discussed in 51 minutes: TRAINING ROOM: Nick Swisher (knees) and Brandon Moss (hip) will be examined by...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
10 days ago  |  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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14 days ago  |  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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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Curious Case of Carlos Santana

To say that Carlos Santana had a rollercoaster season would be putting it lightly. Coming into the 2014 season, Santana was without a position as Yan Gomes was designated as the team’s everyday catcher at the end of 2013, and Nick Swisher had been the incumbent first basemen. Unless Santana was willing to be the everyday designated hitter, manager Terry Francona was going to have...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Why We Go To WAR: The Use of Modern Stats For Evaluating Offense

Pushing aside our usual analysis of the Indians, past and present, I’d like to explain why we at Burning River Baseball use the numbers we do and where they come from. While I don’t speak for everyone on the site, all our writers use a combination of traditional and modern stats and this is for those who either don’t know what those are or would like to know why. This will...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Swisher makes Sugar Bowl bet with ex-teammate, new AL Central rival

Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher and Chicago White Sox reliever David Robertson won't just be battling on the diamond this upcoming season. The former teammates with the New York Yankees have significantly different vested interests when it comes to the first ever College Football Playoff. Robertson grew up in Alabama and pitched for the Crimson Tide in college. Swisher...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Would Love To Trade Nick Swisher

The Cleveland Indians would love to trade Nick Swisher now that they have Brandon Moss, according to a report by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Swisher batted just .208 with a wOBA of .274, and an OPS+ of 74. The 34 year old veteran is owed $14 million over the next two seasons, plus a $17 million dollar vesting option for 2017. Given his declining production, the Indians would...
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December 29, 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

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...
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December 11, 2014  |  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...
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December 08, 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

Burning River Radio 3.1: Who is Kevin Gall?

Burning River Radio is back after a long break and is as mediocre as ever.’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...
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December 06, 2014  |  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...
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December 05, 2014  |  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
December 05, 2014  |  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
December 04, 2014  |  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....
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December 04, 2014  |  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
December 04, 2014  |  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...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Nick Swisher Done?

Can Nick Swisher bounce back and help in 2015?
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November 21, 2014  |  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...
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November 20, 2014  |  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
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