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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 11:  Brett Lawrie #15 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Texas Rangers at O.co Coliseum on June 11, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Trade Prospectus: Brett Lawrie

As I wrote last week, the Indians are in the need for a bat at the trade deadline. If possible, it would be most beneficial to pick up a right-handed hitter that can play on the left-side of the infield. With Francisco Lindor called up and presumed to be the new everyday shortstop, the Indians […]

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Built From Scratch: The Future of Indians Baseball

There are many ways to go about building a franchise from the big market method of waiting until players hit free agency in their prime and paying big, to scouring the international markets for 16 year old talent or trying to trade veterans for future stars, but the most relied upon method is the MLB […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning on May 18, 2015 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Revisiting the Response Run

Last month on the Tribe Time Now Weekend Update (episode #5 with Bob Toth), we discussed a common topic in the past few Indians seasons, the response run. It was a purely ad hoc argument with no real statistical analysis, the kind of thing that works on a podcast, but not in a full length […]

CHICAGO - JUNE 10:  Second baseman Ronnie Belliard #20 of the Cleveland Indians throws the ball from his knees to complete an unassisted double play against the Chicago White Sox on June 10, 2006 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Indians, 4-3, in 11 innings.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

What Does a Second Baseman Look Like?

Back in 2013, in his first year as Indians manager, Terry Francona said this about Tony Wolters according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian: “During Spring Training, Indians manager Terry Francona mentioned to [bullpen coach Kevin] Cash that Wolters — a semi-regular fill-in during the late innings of Cactus League games — reminded him of Tigers catcher […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 6: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds doubles to center field to drive in two runs in the first inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 6, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Trade Prospectus: Todd Frazier

Believe it or not, the non-waiver trade deadline in Major League Baseball is quickly approaching and the Indians are, once again,  in the market for an impact bat. This season specifically, the front office needs to make a move to bolster an average offense on a team that hopes to reach the postseason. There are […]

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 29:  Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians strikes out against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Safeco Field on May 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated Cleveland 2-0.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Stop it! The Indians Don’t Need a Right Handed Power Bat

It has been a mantra on Indians social networks for years now that the team would only be complete when they added a right handed power bat. It has lead to many jokes and memes, including one where Brandon Moss was flipped to the opposite side of the plate:   @JoeyAShwartz

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 02:  Scott Atchison #48 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of their game on August 2, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Indians defeated the Rangers 2-0.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Could the Indians Rob the Yankees Again?

Last week, Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman made it clear that the club is seeking right handed pitching and, while there were some options available on the free agent market including former Yankee Rafael Soriano (sign by the Cubs) and David Aardsma (signed by Atlanta), the market is getting thin and the Indians may be in a position […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 6: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after taking strike three during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field on June 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Is It Time To Give Up On Lonnie?

Sunday night, the Indians finally were so fed up with the lack of production from the left side of the infield that they sent the whole thing down to AAA, promoting Giovanny Urshela and Zach Walters in their stead. Even more than Francisco Lindor, proponents of the advancement of Urshela have a primary motivation of making an […]

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Why Urshela Is More Important Than Lindor

This weekend the Indians made a somewhat surprising move by demoting the entire left side of their infield, sending Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall to AAA Columbus. Both Ramirez and Chisenhall have been painfully bad this season, particularly at the plate. Last season, Ramirez made everyone believe he could be a legitimate starting short stop […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 9: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians talks with players in the visitors dugout while standing on first during the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on September 9, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Breaking News: Jose Ramirez & Lonnie Chisenhall Demoted to AAA Columbus

Jose Ramirez has been demoted to AAA Columbus. This move came following a 7-3 loss at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, June 7. Jose Ramirez has played well below average this season, posting a slash line of .180/.247/.240 as well as a fielding percentage of .948% Many people throughout Cleveland have been […]

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How to Deal with the Indians Overcrowded Outfield

It is no secret to common Cleveland Indians fans that the current version of the team has an abundance of outfielders. It is also no secret to serious Cleveland Indians fans that the abundance of outfielders is not just at the Major League level. The abundance of players at the MLB level includes Michael Bourn, Michael […]

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 16:  Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians hits a rbi single in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 16, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

How Long Can They Stay Hot? Breaking Down Bourn & Kipnis’ Hot Streaks

The Indians had some major success in May, especially after a lackluster April, particularly for Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn. Bourn started the season hitting .167 in his first 17 games, then batted .307 over his next 30 games to raise that average to .248. We all know what Kipnis did, leading the league in […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 27: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians hits a double to deep center during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field on May 27, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jason Kipnis

May 2015 Cleveland Indians Player Power Rankings

In general, May was a much friendlier month to the Indians than April, particularly among the hitters. This success has lead to a much better win loss record, but unlike the sport itself, this article is about the players individually, not the overall result. The following list ranks the Indians 25 man roster by their […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 11: Right fielder Jerry Sands #40 of the Cleveland Indians can't get to a fly ball hit by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on April 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jerry Sands

Cutting Dead Weight

Having depth in sports is typically viewed as a very good thing. By their inherent nature, all sports come with a fairly substantial risk of serious injury. You can point to the Indians’ starting rotation to see how important this concept is. The Indians began spring training with 10 legitimate contenders for spots in the […]

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When It Takes Two To Make One, The Perfect Platoon

A lineup filled with players like Michael Brantley, who hit .300 against both right and left handed pitchers would be optimal, but there is only one Michael Brantley. The Indians only have seven regular starters beyond Brantley and in order to fill out a lineup card on a daily basis, Terry Francona has found going […]

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