How James Shields Impacts the Central Race

If the best time to make a trade is when you’re buying low, the Chicago White Sox picked the perfect time to acquire James Shields from the San Diego Padres. On Saturday afternoon, the Padres traded the veteran righty to the White Sox, the clubs announced. Shields is due $56 million through the 2017-18 seasons and has been a […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 14:  Marlon Byrd #6 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Roberto Perez #55 after hitting a two-run home run off of pitcher Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning of a game on April 14, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

On This Episode Of ‘As The Indians Outfield Turns’, What’s Next?

The fact that the Indians spent a day in first place and have continued to compete without Michael Brantley in the lineup the majority of the season (and not himself in the 11 games he played) means they’ve either built a strong supporting cast or they’ve overachieved. Before games on June 1st, the Indians OF […]

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 18:  Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by Francisco Lindor #12 after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 in twelve innings at Great American Ball Park on May 18, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

May 2016 Cleveland Indians Player Power Rankings

Below follow the Indians Player Power Rankings for the month of May. As always, players are ranked by their full season’s output, but judged on only their performance for the month. Every player will receive a rating of “Above,” “Even” or “Below” comparing their actual results to what we thought would happen. In addition, each player […]

Trevor Bauer1

Spring Training Hindsight or Foresight

The Indians are on a roll right now, winning three of four from Chicago shortly after a four game sweep of Cincinnati to move to within a half game of first in the AL Central. The Indians should be pretty happy with their 25-20 record (which projects to a 90 win season) and their run […]


All Things Considered; How Much is the Indians Payroll?

When we talk a team’s payroll, we usually start with just the 25 man roster. We have that listed on the ‘Contracts’ page and including players on the DL, it’s about $75.3M give or take a few million depending on who you count. Of course, we should also count guarantees no longer on the roster, […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 17: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians singles to center field during the third inning of the interleague game against the Cincinnati Reds on May 17, 2016 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Raising Some Reds Flags

The Indians completed their first four game sweep this season (or their first two two game sweeps, depending on your point of view) against the Reds this week. Not only did the Indians get four wins, moving to within 2.5 games of the first place White Sox after the finale on Thursday night, but they […]

Mike Clevinger warms up before throwing a session on 2/17/16 in Goodyear, AZ. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Welcome To Cleveland Mr. Clevinger

The Indians made it official yesterday afternoon, Mike Clevinger will be making his big league debut against the Reds in tonight’s game. Clevinger is being called up to replace the struggling Cody Anderson who has been awful in nearly every one of his 7 outings this season. Through 7 games and 6 starts, Anderson posted […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 08:  Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians hits a run scoring triple in the 2nd inning against the Chicago White Sox during the home opener at U.S. Cellular Field on April 8, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Indians defeated the White Sox 7-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Indians Have a Center Field Problem

During the 2016 off-season, Cleveland Indians fans had dreams of the team putting together a prospect package and acquiring the likes of A.J. Pollock, Yasiel Puig or Marcell Ozuna. Entering the off-season, most agreed an outfield bat was the biggest of Cleveland’s needs. That need grew only more desperate when it was announced that Abraham Almonte […]

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 30:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians fields a ground ball hit off the bat of Billy Burns (not pictured) of the Oakland Athletics for a single during the first inning at Coliseum on July 30, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Which Indians are Deserving of Your All-Star Vote?

Despite being just over a month into the Major League Baseball season, the online ballot for the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego’s PETCO Park was released just a short time ago. While arguably the Indians’ best player so far, Danny Salazar, is ineligible for voting since pitcher selections are still left up to the […]

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)

Who Is The Real Yan Gomes?

Since hitting homers in back-to-back games on April 23 and 25, Yan Gomes is in a 2-44 nosedive. In such slumps, it’s easy to start sitting around and asking what’s wrong with them? Whether something is ‘wrong’ with Gomes or he’s regressing or mightily struggling depends on a few different schools of thought. On one hand, you […]


How Good Were the 1995 Indians at Coming From Behind?

If you spend any time listening to Matt and Rick during the Indians broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio, you have doubtless heard the ramblings of nostalgia that ultimately end in something alone the lines of “it’s so hard to win if you don’t score first, except for the 1995 Indians who seemed to do it […]

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 26:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a solo home run in the with inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 26, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Orioles won 4-3.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Unconventional #LeadOffLos

It is no secret to anyone that’s talked baseball with me in the last year or so that I’ve been waiting patiently for Carlos Santana to lead off for the Cleveland Indians. The idea is a wee bit unorthodox, but with a team still feeling out its new dynamic at the plate, Los at the top […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20:  Francisco Lindor #12 and Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians warm up in the outfield  before the start of the game against the Chicago White Sox on September 20, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.   The Indians defeated the White Sox 6-3.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Why The Indians Season Isn’t Lost Or Over

Rational, luke-warm analysis doesn’t sell in Cleveland. Apparently neither does talking about the Indians on the radio, but it did evoke and interesting Twitter brouhaha. While some have been doom and gloom about the Indians since they decided to postpone Opening Day before fans even got into the stadium. One writer even declared the season […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Catcher Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians tags out Odubel Herrera #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth inning during a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

A Recent History of One Run Affairs

In a complete reversal of the past few seasons, the Indians must have been so excited to see the Tigers come to town on May 3rd. In their previous three game series in late April, the Indians swept Detroit with a run differential of 18 to 5. After the first 2-1 win, the Indians scored […]

Ryan Merritt1

Who Should be the Indians Fifth Starter?

Although it seems like we’ve already answered this question, an injury to Carlos Carrasco and control issues for Cody Anderson have brought back up a look into the Indians depth chart. Thanks to a pair of off-days, the Indians were able to navigate the past time through the rotation with a four man crew; Corey […]