Indians in the Outfield: Is the Tribe good enough?

Hello and welcome to another exciting season of Cleveland Indians baseball where anything short of October playoff baseball will be seen as a massive disappointment. Offseason activities are wrapping up as team trucks are expected to arrive in Goodyear Arizona on Wednesday. The pitchers and catchers are set to report on February 17 though many have been in and out of Arizona all...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

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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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Improving the Cleveland Indians Outfield

We are already a week into February. Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Time is really flying by. While the Super Bowl marks the end of the NFL season, it also marks the start of the transition from winter to spring and, more importantly, the transition from football season to baseball season. With pitchers and catchers reporting in a mere weeks, and most of the biggest moves of the offseason...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 68

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride. Countdown to Opening Day – 68 days When looking at the Cleveland Indians current roster, one of the glaring concerns this offseason has been the outfield depth. With Michael...
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16 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
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Butler: More Than Just a No Hit Spoiler

On July 1st, 2015, Carlos Carrasco pitched as well as any pitcher in Major League baseball history for eight innings. Unfortunately, he began the ninth with a walk and a hit batter before left fielder Joey Butler ended his no hitter with an RBI single to center that ended Carrasco’s day. The Indians still got the win and Butler would continue on with his first full MLB season,...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Outfielder Rajai Davis guaranteed $5.25 million by Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Rajai Davis is guaranteed $5.25 million as part of his contract with the Cleveland Indians and can earn an additional $1,225,000 in performance bonuses. As part of the deal announced Dec. 17, Davis can made $175,000 apiece for 400 plate appearances and each additional 25 through 550. The 35-year-old spent the past two seasons with Detroit. He hit .258 with 11 triples...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Countdown to Opening Day – 100 Days

Twas the night after Christmas, And all through the 216 Not a Clevelander was stirring, Not even Jim Rosenhaus. With the caps and bats still tucked away They’ll soon be brought out, for baseball is not far away. With Kipnis and Lindor, all anxious and waiting, Dreaming of double plays, that they’ll soon be making. With Brantley still injured, and Davis now here. The Tribe was...
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December 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians Fans Long For a Big Gift This Holiday Season

The Cleveland Indians have already given Tribe fans some reasons to smile this offseason. However, Wahoo Warrior faithful might like to see a little more as far as presents from the team as Christmas approaches tomorrow. Give Cleveland management credit in that they recognized the clubs most glaring weaknesses and have gone to great lengths to at least bring in numerous options to...
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December 24, 2015  |  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

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...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
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 address outfield need, agree to deal with free agent Davis

CLEVELAND -- Rajai Davis can play all three outfield positions, bat almost anywhere in the lineup and steal a base when needed.Just what the Indians were looking for.With star left fielder Michael Brantley expected to miss the start of next season following shoulder surgery, the Indians and Davis agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday.''He fits our team very well,'' general manager...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Outfielder Rajai Davis agrees to contract with Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Free agent outfielder Rajai Davis has agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Indians. The versatile 35-year-old spent the past two seasons with Detroit. He is counted on to give the Indians outfield depth and added speed. To make roster room for Davis, the Indians designated infielder Chris Johnson for assignment Thursday. Johnson, acquired from Atlanta in August...
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December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

How Yesterday’s News Changes Tomorrow’s Tribe

After two months of relative quiet, the Indians made two big signings yesterday, bringing in veteran free agents Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis. The deals came out very shortly after the three team trade of Todd Frazier to Chicago took place making it seem as if the Indians were awaiting the results of that deal to make sure it was safe to spend money. Had they made the deal for Frazier...
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December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Indians to Sign Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis

Most watercooler discussion surrounding the Cleveland Indians’ offseason has mainly focused on them being the seemingly ideal landing spot for the Chicago’s Jorge Soler. The Cubs decision to sign Jason Heyward has made the young prospect expendable and it appears that all Chicago has left to accomplish this offseason is possibly adding another starting pitcher. A Soler for Danny...
Via The Fantasy Fix
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB News: Cleveland Indians sign outfielder Rajai Davis

Ask and you shall receive: Just after missing out on a trade for Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier, the Cleveland Indians signed first baseman Mike Napoli on Wednesday afternoon. And boom, shortly thereafter, we now have news that the Indians have signed outfielder Rajai Davis. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman first reported the free agent signing, pending a physical. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians in discussions with free agent Rajai Davis

Options for the Cleveland Indians are starting to slim down somewhat this offseason. Arizona is now unlikely to move A.J. Pollock after Tuesday’s big trade. Colby Rasmus took Houston’s qualifying offer. Some of the big free agent names are starting to come off the board. And that is perhaps what has led the Indians to be connected to very typical Cleveland outfielder signings...
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December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Indians discussing Rajai Davis

Paul Hoynes of cleveland.com is reporting that the Cleveland Indians are discussing a one-year deal along with an option for free agent outfielder Rajai Davis. Heard Indians are talking about a 1-year deal, including an option, with FA Rajai Davis. Who played 112 games with Detroit last year. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) December 8, 2015 Davis […]
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December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Off-Season Roster Tracker

As the MLB hot stove beings to heat up, you may want to know where the Detroit Tigers roster stands. Believe it or not, they only have six guaranteed contracts on the books for 2016, so a lot of roster turnover can happen without holding on to dead money. Running Transaction List: 11/2/2015: C/1B Alex Avila elects to become a free agent 11/2/2015: OF Rajai Davis elects to become...
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November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Contract Crowdsourcing 2015-16: Day 6 of 15

Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. As in other recent offseasons, FanGraphs is once again facilitating this offseason a contract-crowdsourcing project, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowds to the end of better understanding the giant and large 2015-16 free-agent market. Below are links to ballots for five of this year’s free agents, all...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers LIVE postgame 9.25.15: Rajai Davis (VIDEO)

Rajai Davis talks us through the at-bat that led to his two-run homer and a 6-4 Tigers victory over the Twins on Friday night.
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins relinquish late lead, drop 6-4 decision to Tigers

DETROIT -- Rajai Davis hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied for a 6-4 victory over the playoff-chasing Minnesota Twins on Friday night. It was the type of loss the Twins may look back on if they don't make the postseason. They entered the day trailing Houston by 1 1/2 games for the second wild card in the American League, and they led 4-1 in the...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins relinquish late lead, drop 6-4 decision to Tigers

DETROIT -- Rajai Davis hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied for a 6-4 victory over the playoff-chasing Minnesota Twins on Friday night. It was the type of loss the Twins may look back on if they don't make the postseason. They entered the day trailing Houston by 1 1/2 games for the second wild card in the American League, and they led 4-1 in the...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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