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CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 25: Francisco Lindor #12 celebrates with Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians after Brantley hit his second two run home run of the game during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Progressive Field on August 25, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Francisco Lindor; Michael Brantley

Change Inevitable & a Good Thing for the 2016 Tribe

The Cleveland Indians line-up that will play later today will almost certainly be greatly changed when they end the season as Central Division champions on October 2nd. While that is true of any team, more than any other time in recent history, the 2016 Indians have been built that way on purpose. Rather than being […]

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Preseason Player Power Rankings 2016

Before the Indians begin their first team as a single unit, it’s time to break them down and set them against each other to see who is the most important player on the team. Below, all 25 men on the roster are ranked based on their expectations for the 2016 season. For each power ranking […]

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Anderson, Tomlin named starters, Bauer to bullpen

It turns out there was a quite a surprising finish in the battle for the back end of the Cleveland Indians rotation. Cody Anderson was named the fourth starter on March 30th and Josh Tomlin was named the fifth starter while Trevor Bauer starts the season in the bullpen. With this, the rotation shapes out […]

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(Almost) Final Tribe 25 Man Roster

The Indians finalized 23 players from their final 25 man roster today and, unfortunately, a few names are missing from the original expected list. Michael Brantley will begin the season on the DL as originally expected and Lonnie Chisenhall will be joining him. A full list of all disabled and suspended players is located at the […]

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 7: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after a throwing error on first baseman Carlos Santana allowed Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds to score a run in the first inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on August 7, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Shedding Light On Indians Outfield Search

As of March 21st and 23rd, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported the Indians scouring the trade market for outfield help. Carfardo mentioned that the Indians had been “pitching a trade” to the Red Sox. Boston, with David Price and a lot of question marks following him, could […]

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Joba makes team, Butler, Urshela optioned

The Indians announced March 26 that reliever Joba Chamberlain has made the club. They also announced pitcher Austin Adams, outfielder Joey Butler, infielder Erik Gonzalez and third baseman Giovanny Urshela were optioned to Columbus. Catcher Adam Moore was reassigned to minor league camp and lefty Tom Gorzelanny was informed he would not make Opening Day […]

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Tribe 25 Man Roster Prediction: Naquin Makes It!

The Indians made a few announcements yesterday that certainly made it a good Friday. In addition, a few players who were originally considered to only have a marginal chance at making the bullpen have moved up in the order thanks to cuts and improved play of late. In addition to the cuts listed below, from […]

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Indians One Stop Option Shop

When figuring out how many options a player has, I wish you luck, because it’s not an easy thing to find. Understanding them however, isn’t so hard. It’s almost as simple as knowing how many times someone on your 40-man roster can still be optioned to the minors, but because it’s baseball things are never […]

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The Tale Of Naquin

Drafting 15th in 2012, the Indians selected Texas A&M right fielder Tyler Naquin in the first round. A collegiate standout, Naquin earned the Big 12 Player of the Year Award before the Tribe selected him and shifted him from right field, where he started 115 games as a freshman and sophomore, to center field where he […]

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Depth Chart Diving: Evaluating the Indians Bench

Simply put, the Cleveland Indians bench will take on a more significant and perhaps critical role in 2016. The Tribe will need to maximize its offensive output by smartly working match-ups with platoon options and with quality role players who can fill multiple offensive and defensive needs within a game. Gone from the team are […]

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Tribe 25 Man Roster Prediction: For the Byrd

With just about two weeks left in Spring Training there are a few major variables left that are causing a lot of unknowns on the expected 25 man roster. The biggest of these is the health of Michael Brantley, but also the statuses of Juan Uribe and Marlon Byrd, the Indians two most recent additions. […]

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Nightmare in the Outfield Turning Dream Come True?

The outfield has been a big topic of conversation among Tribe fans and writers since word came out that left fielder Michael Brantley was likely to start the season on the DL, possibly until sometime in May. There was a tempered, but frantic search for someone to take the place in the left field corner […]

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Dual Threat: Digging into the Tribe’s Back Stops

The Cleveland Indians head into the 2016 with a talented and deep roster. Part of the talent includes having two catchers on the 25-man roster who are very good at their craft. Together, both are a formidable duel and proven assets to a team in contention. In fact, many teams would love to have two […]

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Byrd Is The Word In Goodyear

With the exception of Michael Brantley making his 2016 playing debut, Byrd was the word in Goodyear on Thursday. Several sources announced the signing of the 38 year old to a minor league deal, pending a physical at the time of this publication. At 38, most players with Byrd’s skill set join Adam LaRoche to enjoy […]

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Central Division Showdown: Detroit Tigers

I have this picture in my head, of a tiger on its last legs. Old, broken down, depleted of its energy, doesn’t seem to be the threat that it once was. He still has his claws, and his teeth, but with little strength left to use them. Then along comes a child who’s young, fast […]

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