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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All-Time Indians: Frank Funk

Name: Franklin Ray Funk Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 1960-1962 Number: 38     DOB: 08/30/1935 Stats W L W% ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA K/9 Best Season (1961) 11 11 .500 3.31 56 11 92.1 79 34 9 31 64 1.19 .222 6.3 Career 17 14 .548 3.08 […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 30: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with his team after scoring on a double against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning on August, 30, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Where are you Kipnis?

Unlike the last rebound candidate, Nick Swisher, there is much less history with Jason Kipnis as he has played only three full seasons in the pros. But similar to Swisher, Kipnis had an injury in 2014 that significantly affected his swing. After straining his right oblique in April, Kipnis’ batting took a bad turn for […]

DENVER, CO - JUNE 9:  Starting pitcher Gavin Floyd #32 of the Atlanta Braves delivers to home plate during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 9, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

A Look at the Indians 2015 Starting Rotation

If the Indians are to make their second playoff appearance in three seasons, it will be largely due to the starting rotation picking up where it left off in the second half of 2014. The Tribe will enter 2015 with the same group of pitchers it ended 2014 with, avoiding the uncertainty that plagued last […]

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Top Ten Ohio Born Cleveland Indians

Professional baseball isn’t like the amateur ranks, where players generally stay where they are. The current Indians 40 man roster contains the same amount of players from Taiwan as from Ohio (one each in C.C. Lee and Nick Swisher). Despite 39 players on the current roster that hail from lands outside the Buckeye state, there have […]

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All-Time Indians: Joe Birmingham

Name: Joseph Leo Birmingham Position: Center Field/Manager Tribe Time: 1906-1914/1912-1915 Nick Name: Dode Accolades: Top 20 MVP 1912 DOB: 12/03/1884 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1911) 125 447 55 136 18 5 2 51 170 15 42 16 .334 .380 .304 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians sits on the ground after doing a split to make a double play against the Tampa Bay Rays during the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Corner Infield & DH

With most of the Indians starting positions firmly established, this group of hitters is one of the most interesting going into the 2015 season. Every significant member of the team who played either third base, first base or DH in 2014 is returning for the 2015 (Jason Giambi and Chris Gimenez are the only insignificant […]

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How to Get Free Stuff: 2015 Edition

Photo from Indians.com Everyone loves free stuff and looking back at some research done internally this off-season, at least some fans base their visiting schedule almost entirely on when they can get a little something extra for the price of admission. Being one of those people, I empathize and now present you with the best, […]

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All-Time Indians: Juan Gonzalez

Name: Juan Alberto Vazquez Gonzalez Position: Right Field Nick Name: Juan Gone Number: 22 Tribe Time: 2001, 2005 DOB: 10/20/1969 Accolades: 2001 All-Star, 2001 Silver Slugger, Top 5 MVP (2001) Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (2001) 140 532 97 173 34 […]

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An Insider’s Guide to Indians Spring Training

Pitchers and catchers will report within a few weeks and shortly after that the Spring season will begin, but for those planning on actually participating in the festivities, a little preparation is necessary. Already this off-season I’ve discussed things to do around the city when games are not on, but now it is time to […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Center fielder Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Jonathan Villar #6 of the Houston Astros during the first inning at Progressive Field on September 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The True Cost of WAR

There have been a lot of comparisons of a player’s salary to a player’s WAR, but instead of an all-encompassing look at what each win is worth, the chart below compares each team in the American League’s top three players financially to their production on the field. Rather than use actual numbers, in order to […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 21: Catcher Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals watches as Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on April 21, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Mythbusters: Offseason Acquisitions

February isn’t a particularly exciting time for baseball fans as the vast majority of off-season trades and signings have already occurred and things are beginning to wind down in preparation for Spring Training. As pitchers and catchers prepare to report, much is written around the baseball blogosphere about a particular player claiming to be in […]

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All-Time Indians: Dick Donovan

Name: Richard Edward Donovan Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1962-1965 Number: 30 Accolades: 1962 All-Star, Top 5 MVP 1962 DOB: 12/07/1927 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1962) 20 10 .667 3.60 34 34 16 5 250.2 255 100 23 47 94 […]

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Potential 25 Man Roster for 2015

With pitchers and catchers reporting in just a couple weeks, things are about to get pretty crazy. There are your regular starters, others competing for a more important role or simply a job, Spring Training invites and cotton fields full of minor leaguers. In an effort to keep all that straight in one place, we […]

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Destin Hood #81 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The Golden Ticket: 2015 Spring Training Invitees

Every year, the Indians do their diligence in acquiring the low risk, low reward players known as Spring Training invitees. These are generally players signed to a minor league contract with an out clause if they don’t make the team within a month or so of the season starting. While these are often veterans looking […]

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