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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 […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 24:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians singles against the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on June 24, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

A Look Back at the Greatest Winning Streak in Indians History

It had to end some time and that time was yesterday as the Blue Jays handed the Indians their first loss in more than two weeks. The marathon of a game on Friday that lasted over six hours and featured just about every player on both rosters was both the record breaking win and the […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 18: Starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on June 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Danny Salazar

June 2016 Player Power Rankings

June was about as good of a month as is possible for a baseball team and unsurprisingly, nearly every player on the roster this month played at or well above expectations. A 13 game winning streak to end the month makes everyone happy and we all know how well the team is playing as a […]

during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Which Indians Could Be Making the Trip to San Diego As All-Stars?

The last time an Indians player started the All-Star game at any position was 2011 when Asdrubal Cabrera manned shorstop only because the voted-in Derek Jeter was injured. Barring a suddenly interested group of fans getting out to vote or a few catastrophic injuries, Cabrera will likely remain the last position player to start the […]

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 31:  Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians looks on from the end of the dugout against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the six inning at O.co Coliseum on July 31, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Like Him or Not, Francona Gets Things Done

Terry Francona is a very divisive figure among Indians fans. Many in the more emotional crowd follow his every move blindly as the works of the genius who brought Boston their first World Championship in nearly 100 years. Other, more statistically inclined fans find fault in the Tribe’s manager daily. In particular, his love of […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 28:  Zach Walters #6 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Tyler Holt #62 after hitting a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning of their game on September 28, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Indians defeated the Rays 7-2. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

The Anatomy Of A Good Swap: A Primer For The Trade Deadline

With the trade season beginning, it is important to understand the rationality behind why teams make decisions that will affect the trajectory of their organization for this season and seasons to come. The goal in any mid season trade is to maximize value between contending and rebuilding teams. In this article, I am going to take […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 6: Left fielder Jose Ramirez #11 and center fielder Tyler Naquin #30 of the Cleveland Indians drop a fly ball hit by Chris Young #30 of the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on April 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jose Ramirez; Tyler Naquin

Reevaluating the Indians’ Outfield with Almonte on the Way

Entering the 2016 season, everyone and their mother knew the Cleveland Indians’ biggest weakness: their outfield. It was clear the Indians had holes to fill even before Michael Brantley was seriously injured and Abraham Almonte was suspended 80 games for testing positive for PEDs. Yet, even after losing Brantley and Almonte, the Indians front office […]

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 09:  Joba Chamberlain #62 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 09, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Does the Indians Bullpen Prefer Home Cooking or the Open Road

Bullpens are tricky. A lot of things can throw them off from year to year and even day to day. A unit that is generally the lowest paid throughout the club is often the most important yet the most volatile. There are those in Cleveland who cringe every time Bryan Shaw enters through the bullpen door, […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 2: A general stadium shot during the sixth inning of the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption ***

It is Time to Pay Attention to the Indians, Cleveland

Basketball season is over, but Cleveland’s reign as champions is just beginning. When the Cavaliers secured the city’s first major championship in 52 years on Sunday night, the people of Cleveland were more energized than perhaps ever before, and rightly so. The celebration Sunday night was 52 years in the making. The sweetness of a […]

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)

How To Talk To Your Friends and Family About The Indians Bullpen

Before you keep reading, know that this is a safe place. Everybody here is understanding. Nobody here will judge you. Really, because everybody is just as terrified as you are. Nothing ruins postseason dreams and deflates teams like a leaky bullpen. Ask the 2004 or 2006 Indians. Let’s stay away from the disaster that was Wednesday […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 5: Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians runs out an RBI single during the fourth inning of the opening day game against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field on April 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Partial Solution to a Partially Known Problem: Yan Gomes

Yan Gomes has been the Indians single most disappointing player this year and, considering his injury, possibly the last two seasons. Currently batting .167/.204/.339, there have been quite a few situations, especially in recent weeks, when the Indians have an important situation with Gomes at bat and things haven’t turned out very well. Early on […]

Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Francisco Lindor hanging out on Pitchers and Catchers Day 2016 - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

The Difference a Defense Makes

For those who don’t remember (shame on you) today is the one year anniversary of Francisco Lindor‘s promotion and debut in Major League Baseball. In his one calendar year, he has played in 161 games, batted .308/.355/.468 with 34 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs, 90 runs scored, 84 RBI and 22 steals to three […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 19: at U.S. Cellular Field on May 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Indians defeated the White Sox 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

The Decline Of The White Sox: Where It All Began

Chicago White Sox pitcher Mat Latos called his start Tuesday night “absolutely pathetic” as the Sox lost to the Nationals 10-5 to continue their descent from 13 games over .500 on May 9 to 30-30 less than one month later. Latos’ worst start of the season and a bad sixth inning from the Sox bullpen added […]

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