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Trading Junk Bonds: Swisher for Jimenez & Other Options

There are times when two teams exchange top talent, like last week when the Braves sent Jason Heyward to St. Louis in exchange for Shelby Miller. A move like that can help one team win now (the Cardinals) and another win in a few years (the Braves). In recent days, however, there have been rumors that […]

Did the Indians Miss Out on Billy Butler

Despite a never ending quest for more offense, the Cleveland Indians are generally considered non-competitors for landing the biggest names on the market. With Pablo Sandoval, Chase Headley and Nelson Cruz far above the Indians spending level, it is necessary to look at those players who could be overlooked by the rest of the market. In […]

Tribe Targets: Yosmani Tomas

Most of the players on the current free agent market are known around baseball as the average free agent is at least 30 and has played many years in the Majors, there are a few new names on the list this year. One of the more interesting of these is a hitter that is not […]

Should the Indians Extend Cody Allen?

To begin, reliever extensions almost never work out and closers even less often, but Winter is coming and rumors are abound. The general reasoning behind not keeping relievers around for a long time is that they benefit greatly from the unknown. There are so many minor league relievers that teams cannot focus scouts on each […]

Tribe Targets: Delmon Young

It is early in free agency, but already the market is thinning in one position of interest for the Tribe. With one of the weaker offenses in baseball, a power hitter, even one without a position, is in high demand. With most of the line-up set, including Carlos Santana at first and Lonnie Chisenhall at […]

Corey Kluber: The Man, The Robot, The Cy Young Winner

It’s official. Corey Kluber is the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner with Clayton Kershaw winning his third award in the past four seasons. While Kershaw’s reign over the NL award was all but assured, the AL version was a tightly contested match between Felix Hernandez of the Mariners and Kluber. In the end, […]

How Cheap Are the Dolans, Really?

One of the biggest complaints about the Cleveland Indians from their own fans is the stereotype that faces almost every team owner in every sport ever, that they are cheap. It is seen and heard anywhere Tribe fans gather that Larry and now Paul Dolan will never spend the kind of money necessary to win […]

What To Do About Rzepczynski & Shaw

While the Indians entire roster could be set going into 2015 by simply keeping all those currently under contract around, this is likely not the greatest way to improve the team for another attempt at winning the World Series. Two players in interesting situations this off-season are Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw. Both pitchers are […]

The Difference Between Adding a Slugger and a Gold Glover

Yesterday, we looked at the Indians optimal line-up and we already have a grasp on where their primary goals are. Today, we will take a look at what the Indians could possibly gain by adding a couple different players through free agency or trade that would help fill those gaps. While it is obvious that […]

Optimizing the Indians Line-Up

With the finish of the World Series, open season on free agents is about to begin and we have already prepared you with reports on which Indians are signed through 2015, the most likely Indians line-up and where their biggest holes are. While those articles were all based on what the Indians are most likely […]

An Exercise In Foresight: Qualifying Masterson & Cabrera

For all the insults that are thrown at the current management team of Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro by the Indians fan base, they have actually done an incredible job considering the current monetary situation with the team and around the league. The great long term signings of Yan Gomes, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis […]

All That Glitters Is Not A Gold Glove

While the Indians were shut out of Gold Gloves just the day before, despite Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes finishing among the top in voting at their positions, they were able to take home two Silver Sluggers last night. This was the first time since 2011 that an Indian won the award and with both […]

What the Francona Extension Means to You

The Indians have just announced a two year extension for Terry Francona, despite the fact that he was still under contract through 2016. The exact financial details of the deal are not available, but it can expected to be similar to his last contract signed with Cleveland. In addition to covering the 2017 and 2018 […]

Play-Offs That Could Have Been

The Indians have had varied degrees of success and failure during their long history and most fans know the big years (1920, 1948, 1954, 1995-1999, 2001 and 2007) and readily assume that the years in between were all disappointments. While the Indians were unable to make the post-season in 2014 despite more play-off teams than […]

The Ramifications of Bringing Back Mike Aviles

The Cleveland Indians decided yesterday to accept the $3.5M option of Mike Aviles, bringing back the utility infielder for the 2015 season. There was a $250K buyout, so it was a real cost of just $3.25M as the first quarter million was already sunk. While in the initial look at the situation, it looked as […]

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