The Cleveland Indians sign a couple of veterans

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 26 June 2008 at 7:44 am

The Indians have signed 29-year old righty reliever Juan Rincon and 36-year old righty swinging Tony Graffanino to minor league contracts. Rincon has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) with the Twins this season and he is 2-2 with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. But, Rincon has been an effective pitcher most of his career in the majors so the Indians seem willing to give him a chance to re-establish himself. Rincon has now pitched in 386 games (3 starts) in his major league career and he is 30-26 with 3 saves, a 3.69 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Tony Graffanino has not played this season as he has been recovering from a couple of surgeries. Graffanino has played in 974 games in his major league career and he is 743 for 2,787 (.267 avg, .732 OPS) with 441 runs scored, 58 homers, 302 RBIs and 53 stolen bases. These were two good depth signings for the Indians.

If the Boston Red Sox are getting sick of Julio Lugo this trade with the Indians makes sense

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 20 June 2008 at 4:52 pm

The Boston Red Sox are getting irritated with starting shortstop Julio Lugo. With that in mind the Indians have been wanting to move Jhonny Peralta for some time now. So maybe the Indians could trade Peralta along with outfielder David Dellucci to the Red Sox for shortstop Jed Lowrie, outfielder Brandon Moss and relief pitcher Craig Hansen. The 23-year old switch hitting Jed Lowrie has been compared to Dustin Pedroia which would be fine with the Indians. He would take over as the starting SS from day #1 if this trade went down. Lowrie has played in 17 games for the Red Sox this season and he is 13 for 42 (.310 avg, .816 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs. He has a nice upside. 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Brandon Moss would get a chance to battle for at bats in the Tribe’s crowded outfield. He has played in 16 games for the Red Sox this season and he is 10 for 39 (.256 avg, .788 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBIs. 25-year old righty reliever Craig Hansen appears to have been overrated by the Boston press but the Indians could use another arm in the bullpen. Hansen has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Red Sox this season and he is 1-2 with 1 save, a 5.79 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. This is a trade that would make the Red Sox better right now and maybe the Indians down the road.

The Cleveland Indians acquire catcher Sal Fasano from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 19 June 2008 at 10:22 pm

The Cleveland Indians have acquired 36-year old righty swinging Sal Fasano from the Braves for a player to be named later. Fasano has played in 26 games in AAA ball this season and he is 16 for 83 (.193 avg, .597 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. Fasano has some experience in the majors. He has played in 412 games in the majors and he is 233 for 1,063 (.219 avg, .687 OPS) with 131 runs scored, 47 homers and 134 RBIs. But, he has also whiffed 310 times! Fasano is a lot better than Yamid Haad who has been designated for assignment….but that’s not saying much.

The Cleveland Indians sign 3B Morgan Ensberg

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 June 2008 at 5:06 pm

The Indians have signed 3B Morgan Ensberg to a minor league contract. The 32-year old righty swinging Ensberg played in 28 games for the Yankees this season and he was 15 for 74 (.203 avg, .506 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. He had a problem with whiffing this season as he went down on strikes 22 times this year with the Yanks. Ensberg has now played in 731 games in his major league career and he is 579 for 2,204 (.263 avg, .830 OPS) with 340 runs scored, 110 homers, 347 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. This will help the depth in the Indians organization as Ensberg is still a decent ball player.

The Cleveland Indians need Jhonny Peralta to be more productive

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 12 June 2008 at 7:37 pm

Jhonny Peralta has not been productive this season despite having 11 homers already. That’s because he’s not hitting with men on base. He is 18 for 98 (.184 avg) with 3 homers and 14 RBIs with men on base. When no one is on base it seems as if Peralta is more relaxed as he is 33 for 130 (.254 avg, .807 OPS) with 8 homers. So, in 59 games this season Peralta is 51 for 228 (.224 avg, .688 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 11 homers and 22 RBIs. The Indians need Peralta to start making his longballs count as they are having big problems scoring runs.

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