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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 17:  Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits an RBI double in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Indians Close to Landing Lucroy, Hang Onto Top Prospects *Updated

If there were ever a time for a GM to fist pump, it would be this. On late Saturday/early Sunday, the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers had an agreement in place to land All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers for a package of prospects from the Indians headlined by catcher Francisco Mejia. Short stop Yu-Cheng Chang […]

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Frazier Is Indians New MLB Pipline Top Prospect, Draft Picks Debut

It’s been talked about across several outlets, most recently noted in Peter Gammon’s piece, that the Cleveland Indians farm system is quietly one of the strongest in baseball.  “What has been interesting is the number of teams that have come to them, because their system may be the most underappreciated, with 7 of the so-called […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 17: Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on July 17, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Could a 3 Pitcher Per Game Strategy Ever Work in the Majors?

When watching games that matter more for readiness and development than winning, an interesting strategy takes place. In Spring Training at the Major League level as well as Instructional League in the Winter, Extended Spring in April and May and the Arizona Rookie League, roster moves are made more based on a script created pregame […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 17: Tyler Naquin #30 of the Cleveland Indians watches after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of the game on July 17, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 6-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Why Naquin Might Not Regress After All

There may not be a word more overused by proponents of advanced baseball statistics than regression. If you don’t know what that means, it is short for regression to the mean, a statistical term that is essentially predicting that everything ultimately comes back to average. In baseball, that average is league average and the stat […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 08:  Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers swings at a pitch during the first inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park on July 8, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Tribe Targets: Ryan Braun

As we approach the trade deadline, the Indians have been linked to several offensive players. Some, of course, are more likely to be acted upon than others. Someone like Aroldis Chapman, for example, are almost certain to be traded because of his contract status (free agent-to-be on a losing team). Others, though, are more up […]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees reacts against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium on July 16, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Tribe Targets: The Return Of C.C.?

A few days ago a former Indians southpaw, Drew Pomeranz, was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox in an effort to push Boston into the postseason. This time of year, left-handed starting pitchers are coveted like qualified vice-presidential candidates. As ridiculous as this may sound, there is a particular lefty pitching […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 8: Relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong #51 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 8, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 17-4. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

In House Options for the Tribe’s Reliever Search

It’s well known the Cleveland Indians are on the market for a reliever and even with an injury to Yan Gomes, and not to put the cart ahead of the horse, reliever still remains the biggest need to put this team in position to be dangerous in October. An additional dominant bullpen arm paired with […]

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A Potentially Optimized Indians 2nd Half Roster

The Indians are beginning the second half tonight in first place and with a commanding lead, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. The largest reason for the Indians improvement has been the starting rotation, which shouldn’t be touched, but there have been questions in the bullpen and the line-up with some players […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 26: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians makes the running catch on the pop fly from Justin Upton #8 (not in photo) during the fourth inning of the game on June 26, 2016 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Indians Mid-Season Review: First Place Feels fantastic

We are here at the All-Star break and the Cleveland Indians are sitting in first place in the American League Central Division. Just like we thought, right? All kidding aside, it sure feels good that the Tribe is 52-36 after 88 games and has a nice 6.5 games lead over Detroit, with Kansas City and Chicago […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 15:  Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the 5th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 15, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Best & Worst of the First Half 2016

Best Offensive Play  May 18th, Rajai Davis Walk off home runs are fun, but at any given point from the 9th or beyond in a tie game, the home team has greater than a 50% chance of winning anyway. Much more impressive was this two run home run from Davis that tied the game at […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 23: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on September 23, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

In No Way is Josh Tomlin better than Corey Kluber

The statement in the title should be an easily accepted truism for anyone who has access to the stats of the Cleveland Indians pitching staff over the past few years or who has viewed any three starts over that same span for each pitcher. If you are one of these people with access to the […]

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 17:  Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits an RBI double in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Tribe Targets: Lucroy a Top Trade Option for Indians

For the first time in years, the Cleveland Indians have an obvious position at the trade deadline. With the best record by a wide margin in the AL Central, Cleveland appears to be primed to make a deep playoff run in 2016. Like any team serious about contending, the Indians will most certainly look to […]

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 29:  Danny Valencia #26 of the Oakland Athletics gets the put out at third while avoiding the slide of Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants in the top of the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum on June 29, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 7-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Tribe Targets: Danny Valencia

With the possible exception of Zach McAllister, the Indians aren’t going to give up pitching to augment their offense. As we have seen with past acquisitions, the organization has a reputation for keeping its payroll low and avoiding big-money acquisitions, which could take them out of the running to pick up a well-compensated trade chip. Athletics […]

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 03:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians dives for a ball off the bat of Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 3, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  The play resulted in a single and an RBI for Trout.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Your 2016 Cleveland Indians All-Stars: Francisco Lindor & Danny Salazar

Francisco Lindor Lindor has been the Indians best offensive and defensive player since his call-up last June and after being snubbed for the Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and Rookie of the Year last year (all three most likely because the team waited too long to bring him up), he is finally being recognized on the […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 23:  Sean Doolittle #62 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 23, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Tribe Targets: Hawking for a LOOGY

With many possible trade targets for the Indians, they need a lefty specialist first and foremost so let’s examine some possibilities. So far this year, the Indians have used Ross Detwiler, Kyle Crockett, Ryan Merritt and Tom Gorzelanny out of the bullpen as left handers, but combined they have pitched just 9.2 innings. Currently, the […]

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