Terry Francona, Chris Antonetti

Front Office’s Patient Approach Paying Dividends for Tribe

Limited payroll is an objective reality for the Cleveland Indians. Whether the problem is the market size, the owners, or both – the Indians have and will continue to rank among the league’s lowest payrolls for the foreseeable future. For several years, that reality was a glaring hindrance to the Indians’ on field success. Specifically, […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with teammates Mike Napoli #26 and Francisco Lindor #12 after hitting a three run home run aganst the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field in the third inning on August 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

8/4 Recap: Tribe Thumpers Turns Things Twisted vs Twins

Roster Update: After pitching multiple innings last night, both Cody Anderson and Shawn Armstrong were sent back to AAA for a couple of fresh arm. This included both today’s starting pitcher, Mike Clevinger, who is taking the spot of Danny Salazar, and Ryan Merritt, who will be joining the bullpen. After going much of the year […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  MAY 13: Second baseman Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians jumps to catch the throw as Eduardo Nunez #9 of the Minnesota Twins is safe at second on a stolen base during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on May 13, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 7-6. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Jason Kipnis Putting It All Together

Jason Kipnis is having a really nice year for a change rather than just a really incredible 4-6 weeks that generally carries his season stats. It’s being overlooked, however, because Mike Napoli keeps partying and hitting balls at the new giant Progressive Field scoreboard. So let’s look at Kipnis’ season and why he’s becoming a more […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 3: Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after umpires ruled that left fielder Lonnie Chisenhall #8 did not make a diving of catch on a fly ball hit by Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins during the third inning at Progressive Field on August 3, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Terry Francona

8/3 Recap: Bauer Not the Answer as Twins Score Double Digits Again

Roster Update: After his less than exceptional appearance last night, Austin Adams was sent back to AAA Columbus. In return, the Indians brought back a reliever who could very possibly be a regular member of the team for the rest of the season in Shawn Armstrong. Player of the Game While the game was already out […]

Baseball & Brews

Baseball & Brews: Trades & Non Trades

This week on baseball and brews, Best Friend Brad (@BradWojdyla) and I (@cle_itisgone) weigh in on the pick-up of LHP Andrew Miller from the Yankees, and the “loss” of Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. What both of these moves say about where the Indians’ heads are at going into the final stretch of the season, and […]

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Nice Guys Finish First?

When the Indians were looking to trade for Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers, Milwaukee asked for one of three players in return, Clint Frazier, Bradley Zimmer or Francisco Mejia. Given the Indians current depth situation both in the Majors and at the minors, the obvious one name to keep was Mejia, yet he was the […]

Sheffield pitches in the AZL in 2015. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Withstanding the Loss of Top Prospects

On Sunday, the Indians made the kind of strong handed move to improve the team for this year that they have been historically known not to do. In snatching up the top left handed reliever off the trade market in Adam Miller, the Indians cost themselves a few players that we have been covering for […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  AUGUST 1: Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins hits his third two run home run for the night during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Max Kepler

8/1 Recap: Kepler Lays Down the Laws

Roster Update: On deadline day, the Indians made one more move, acquiring Brandon Guyer from Tampa Bay for Advanced A outfielder Nathan Lukes and Rookie level pitcher Jhonleider Salinas. To make room for Guyer on the 40 man roster, Juan Uribe was designated for assignment. This move also made room on the 25 man roster for […]

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Indians Acquire Brandon Guyer from Tampa for Prospects

When I was watching Jhonleider Salinas pitch last night against the A’s in the Arizona Rookie League, I had no idea it would be his final start in an Indians uniform. Just hours before the trade deadline passed at 4:00 PM Monday, the Indians traded Salinas and Lynchburg outfielder Nathan Lukes to the Tampa Bay […]

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)

July 2016 Cleveland Indians Player Power Rankings

The Indians finished .500 in July, their worst since April this July, but still managed to maintain their first place standing throughout the entire month. They continue to win based on great pitching and good enough offense, although there were signs of both coming back to Earth a little this month. Next month’s Player Power […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JULY 31: Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field on July 31, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Mike Napoli

7/31 Recap: Indians Celebrate Miller Time with Sweep of A’s

Roster Update: Unfortunately, the previously discussed deal that had Jonathan Lucroy coming to the Indians for Francisco Mejia, Greg Allen, Shawn Armstrong and Yu-Cheng Chang fell through when Lucroy activated his no trade clause because the Indians wouldn’t give up his 2017 option, making him a free agent at the end of the year. Another, less […]

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 26:  Andrew Miller #48 of the New York Yankees pitches in the ninth inning aHouston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 26, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Indians Acquire Andrew Miller for Frazier and 3 Prospects

The Cleveland Indians organization made one of its boldest trades in recent memory on July 31 by acquiring one of the most dominant bullpen relievers in Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees. The price to acquire the 31-year-old lefty cost the Indians arguably one of their most prized prospects in outfielder Clint Frazier, along […]

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