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3/7 Spring Injury Update

The Indians are about a week into Spring games and there are a few notable players that have been conspicuously absent from action. To this point, Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Brandon Moss and Gavin Floyd have been yet to play in real game action, despite accounting for $29.5M in 2015 salaries, due to injuries sustained […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals reacts against the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Central Showdown: Indians vs Royals

The Royals have been the stomping mat of the American League Central since it’s inception in 1994, finishing third or worst every season from 1996 through 2014 including eight last place finishes. During that span, Kansas City finished above Cleveland just two times (2012 and 2003) prior to 2014. Of course, things changed finally in […]

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)

Where Does Lonnie Fit In?

Of all the Indians’ young players, no one’s future is more uncertain than Lonnie Chisenhall‘s. Despite coming off of a very productive 2014 season in which he hit .280/.343/.427, 13 home runs and drove in 59 RBI for a 121 wRC+, Chisenhall has found himself in a situation where 2015 could be his last as the […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 19: Aaron Hicks #32 of the Minnesota Twins makes a catch in center field of the ball hit by Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of the game on September 19, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Argument for Flipping the Michaels

With most of the roster decided before pitchers and catchers even reported and few real new additions to talk about, relatively unimportant positional debates can begun earlier than normal. In this particular case, it is the argument that Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley should be flipped in the outfield, despite Brantley’s “comfort level” and Bourn’s […]

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Potential 25 Man Roster 3/3 Update

Keeping things updated as training progresses, the latest group looks a lot like the original published last month. While the expected starters haven’t generally changed, there have been quite a few more contenders added including a large group of minor leaguers already within the system who have garnered invites and a few more free agent […]

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 27: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates after an 8th inning strikeout against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 27, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Central Showdown: Indians vs. Reds

While the rest of the team to team comparisons posted under the “Central Showdown” title will be about the Indians rivals in the American League Central Division, we will start with Cleveland’s primary Spring Training rival, the National League Cincinnati Reds, the only team they will play more than twice. The following is a breakdown […]

DETROIT, MI - JULY 18:  Pitcher Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by manager Terry Francona #17 after a 9-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 18, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

A Look At The Tribe’s Bullpen

Last season, the Indians’ bullpen was one of the team’s greatest assets and, despite having no real high profile names, it was one of the best bullpens in all of baseball. The pen’s 3.12 ERA ranked 7th in all of baseball, as did their 504 strikeouts. It was also one of the most used bullpens […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Catcher Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians throws out Emilio Bonifacio #64 of the Kansas City Royals at first during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on September 10, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23: Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Minnesota Twins as Twins catcher Chris Herrmann #12 covers home plate during the eighth inning of their game on August 23, 2013 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated the Indians 5-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Swisher Adds Bunting To His Game

No news is good news in the early days of Spring Training as practices are getting underway and the Indians camp (outside of the Trevor Bauer drone controversy) has been silent so far. One point of interest before position players are even officially supposed to be in camp is that Nick Swisher has been working […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 3: Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the second inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field on August 3, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

What Should We Expect From Trevor Bauer?

Trevor Bauer‘s short career has not gone as well as he and the two franchises he has played for had hoped it would. In 34 career big league starts, Bauer is 7-12 with 4.44 ERA (4.39 FIP), he’s struck out 8.26 batters per 9 innings but has walked 4.30 batters per nine, while giving up […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 9: Third baseman Jose Ramirez #62 of the Cleveland Indians makes a throwing error to first on a ground ball hit by Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on September 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look at Cleveland’s Middle Infielders

In 2014, the Indians committed 116 errors and maintained a .981 fielding percentage, both good for last place in the entire league. Of those errors, Asdrubal Cabrera was guilty of committing 14 and lowered the team fielding percentage by contributing a terrible 963. Cabrera, to put it lightly, was terrible as a defensive shortstop, but […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14:  Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway #32 talks with pitcher Scott Atchison #48 during the sixth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Indians 6-4.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Pitchers & Catchers Report Today

There are many big dates in the baseball year. Opening Day, the All-Star break, the amateur draft and others but the one phrase that equates to the beginning of the baseball season is “pitchers and catchers report today.” It is irrelevant that most of the hurlers and back-stops have been in Goodyear for weeks, with […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 20: Left fielder Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Colby Rasmus #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning Progressive Field on April 20, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Blue Jays 6-4.   (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Look at the Indians 2015 Outfielders

There appears to be no shortage of available players who can potentially suit up to spend some time in the outfield for the Cleveland Indians in 2015. In fact, there looks to be a surplus, barring a trade at this point. But since we’re considering who is available now there might be a few guys who […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 18: Bruce Chen #52 of the Kansas City Royals tags out Mike Aviles #4 of the Cleveland Indians as Aviles tries to bunt his way on in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 18, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Indians Sign Bruce Chen

According to Jon Heyman on Twitter: Bruce Chen agrees to minors deal with Indians. $1M base, plus $1M performance bonuses — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS)

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