ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 1:  Pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians heads out to the mound to start the bottom of the seventh inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 1, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians Winter Meetings in Review

A little bit of everything happened at this year’s MLB Winter Meetings, unless you ask a Cleveland Indians fan. There was some scandal around flamethrower Aroldis Chapman in a trade between the Cincinnati Reds and the LA Dodgers with a now pending investigation and possible suspension. Deals were made that were expected to break the dam […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 14: Shortstop Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians fields a ground ball hit by Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at Progressive Field on September 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Is It Time To Extend Francisco Lindor?

Francisco Lindor could not have had a better beginning to his major league baseball career. There hasn’t been an Indians player with more hype surrounding him since the mid to late 90’s and Lindor did not disappoint. His tremendous performance through his first 99 big league games went far beyond what fans had expected at […]

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 09: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians dives into third base with a triple in the 1st inning against the Chicago White Sox
at U.S. Cellular Field on September 0, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Francisco Lindor: Most Valuable Rookie

Francisco Lindor was beaten heavily by Carlos Correa of the Astros in the Rookie of the Year vote this season, largely due to his impressive power numbers. This was completely ignoring more all-encompassing stats that showed Lindor was the second most valuable short stop in all of baseball (4.6 WAR behind only the Giants Brandon […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 29: Terry Francona #17 and Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate in the clubhouse after a win of the game against the Minnesota Twins on September 29, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 5-1 and clinched a American League Wild Card berth. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Tribe Playing in a Whole Different League

The Indians may play their games in the American League, but during the off-season, they might as well be a AAA team. Many fans feel slighted, bored or disappointed by the lack of moves made during free agency, but the free agent market is only for the Major League contenders. While many players have signed […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 13: Bryan Shaw #27 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the seventh inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on June 13, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

A Perfect Match: Bryan Shaw and the Indians

Indians manager Terry Francona loves relievers and set-up man Bryan Shaw loves to pitch. A perfect match that Tinder couldn’t have produced , right? Shaw has made 224 appearances for Francona and the Indians over the last three seasons. In 2014,  he pitched in a club-record 80 games and became the first Indians reliever to lead the […]

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 11:  Chris Carter #23 of the Houston Astros hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals in game three of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 11, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Eric Christian Smith/Getty Images)

Tribe Targets: Chris Carter

If you’ve seen my two previous posts then you are aware of the Indians’ struggles hitting for power this past season, you are also aware that they have expressed an interest in two recently non-tendered sluggers, Pedro Alvarez and Chris Carter. Both could potentially help the Indians offense by providing much needed power to the […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEM BER 13:  Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a home run in the second inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on September 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Tribe Targets: Pedro Alvarez

This week Pedro Alvarez, formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chris Carter, formerly of the Houston Astros, were non-tendered by their respective teams and hit the free agency market. Almost immediately after word got out that they would be released, news came out that the Indians were interested in both sluggers. If you read yesterday’s […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on September 10, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Pow-Wow Power Outage

The biggest thing missing from the 2015 Cleveland Indians lineup, unquestionably, is a major power hitter. This isn’t a problem that has plagued just last year’s Indians either; the team hasn’t had a player who fit this description since Travis Hafner‘s prime years. Last season, the Indians hit a total of 141 home runs, a […]

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)

How Much Should the Indians Rotation Actually Cost?

This is simply going to be an exercise in showing how valuable the Indians rotation is and to keep things simple, we’ll assume a 2016 rotation of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer and Cody Anderson. David Price just set a new high for pitcher pay grabbing $217M over seven years from the […]

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 13:  Collin Cowgill #7 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two run homerun against the Texas Rangers in the 5th inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Indians Roster Update 12/3: Tribe Adds Cowgill, Drops Hagadone

Midnight last night was the deadline to offer contracts to all arbitration eligible players and as usual, the Indians waited until the last second. The Indians had seven players eligible for arbitration this year, six of whom they offered deals to today. These were Josh Tomlin, Bryan Shaw, Lonnie Chisenhall, Zach McAllister, Cody Allen and […]

DETROIT, MI - JULY 19:  Pitcher Joba Chamberlain #44 of the Detroit Tigers sits on top of a railing around the dugout before game two of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on July 19, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Indians defeated the Tigers 5-2. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Indians Grab Former Nemesis Joba Chamberlain on Minor League Deal

Joba Chamberlain‘s biggest moment in Cleveland came in the 2007 ALDS as a member of the Yankees against the Indians, but he will try to make some more positive memories in 2016 as a part of team that benefited from the midge attack. Earlier today, the Indians announced that they had signed the relief pitcher […]

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25:  Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the second inning during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Circling the Central: November 2015

The American League Central was the home of Major League Baseball’s best team in 2015 and it won’t be easy to knock the Kansas City Royals off their throne in pursuit of another division crown. However, it looks like the Detroit Tigers are willing to spend again in an attempt to do just that. Meanwhile, […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 03:  Denard Span #2 of the Washington Nationals hits a lead off single in the first inning during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on July 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Tribe Search for Outfielders Spans Far and Wide

The Indians have many areas where people think improvements are needed. Recently, Michael Brantley’s shoulder surgery increased the need for improvement in the outfield. This past season, the Indians touted an outfield that consisted of Brantley, and a rotating cast of other interchangeable players that includes at times names such as Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn, David […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Kirby Yates #49 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 10, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Tribe Solidifies 40-Man Roster Ahead of Winter Meetings

The deadline has passed for teams to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from being drafted in the Rule 5 draft and the Indians have made some predictable, and some not-so predictable moves. Most recently however, the Tribe added a bullpen arm from the Tampa Bay Rays. Wednesday, the Indians acquired reliever […]

against the at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Tribe Free Agent Targets: Alexei Ramirez

The Indians are never heavy players in free agency and that shouldn’t change this year, but if they are active, there are two obvious places for offensive improvement. These are the outfield and third base. Giovanny Urshela played just as expected during his rookie season, providing excellent defense with some power, but overall a disappointing […]