The Cleveland Indians acquire Russ Canzler from the Rays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Tuesday 31 January 2012 at 4:55 pm

The Indians have acquired 25-year old IF/OF Russ Canzler from the Rays for cash considerations.  Canzler played in 3 games for the Rays last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 1 for 3 (.333 avg, .733 OPS) with 1 RBI.  He also played in 131 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 149 for 474 (.314 avg, .930 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 18 homers, 83 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Canzler has now played in 738 games in his first eight years in the minors and he is 698 for 2,490 (.280 avg, .820 OPS) with 377 runs scored, 84 homers, 405 RBIs and 41 stolen bases.  Canzler can handle 1B, 3B, LF and RF defensively which will aid his chances of making the Indians roster this spring.

The Cleveland Indians look to have a solid starting rotation in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by admin on Sunday 29 January 2012 at 2:10 pm

The Indians look like they are going to have a very solid starting rotation in 2012.  Here is a look at how I see things working out for the rotation in 2012:

#1:  Ubaldo Jimenez:  28-year old righty Ubaldo Jimenez came to the Indians in a deal with the Rockies at the trade deadline last year.  He pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Jimenez pitched in 32 games (all starts) overall for the Rockies & Indians last year and he was 10-13 with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Jimenez has now pitched in 149 games (148 starts) in his first six years with the Rockies and he is 60-49 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  The Indians hope that Jimenez gets back to pitching to his career norms instead of how he pitched in 2011, and I think he will.

#2:  Derek Lowe:  38-year old righty Derek Lowe came to the Tribe in a deal with the Braves shortly after last year’s World Series’ ended.  He pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Braves last year and he was 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 634 games (356 starts) in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 166-146 with 85 saves, a 3.94 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  The Indians are banking on a comeback season from Lowe.

#3:  Justin Masterson:  26-year old righty Justin Masterson had a breakout season in 2011 for the Indians.  He pitched in 34 games (33 starts) for the Indians last year and he was 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Masterson has now pitched in 79 games (72 starts) in his first three years with the Indians and he is 19-30 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 146 games (87 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 28-38 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Masterson still has the upside to be better than he was last year.

#4:  Josh Tomlin:  27-year old righty Josh Tomlin really was a pleasant surprise for the Tribe last season as he is a control freak.  He pitched in 26 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 12-7 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  Tomlin has now pitched in 38 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Indians and he is 18-11 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  The Indians hope that Tomlin keeps working his magic in 2012.

#5:  Kevin Slowey:  27-year old righty Kevin Slowey just recently was added to the Tribe in a deal with the Rockies.  He pitched in 14 games (8 starts) for the Twins last year and he was 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Slowey was pitching hurt most of last season and he missed some time, but he supposedly 100% healthy again.  Slowey has pitched in 100 games (90 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 39-29 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  Slowey is the clear cut favorite for the #5 spot in the Indians’ rotation heading into spring training.

Jeanmar Gomez:  23-year old righty Jeanmar Gomez pitched pretty decent for the Tribe last year.  He worked in 11 games (10 starts) for the Indians last year and he was 5-3 with a 4.47 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  Gomez has now pitched in 22 games (21 starts) in his first two years with the Tribe and he is 9-8 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Gomez will challenge Slowey for the #5 spot this spring, but I think he will fall short and start the year in AAA.  He will likely be the first starter called up when the Indians need one in 2012.

David Huff:  27-year old lefty David Huff pitched decent for the Tribe last year to.  He pitched in 11 games (10 starts) for the Tribe last year and he was 2-6 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  Huff has now pitched in 49 games (48 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 15-25 with a 5.50 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.  Huff will likely start the 2012 season in AAA-ball and get a call from the Tribe if he is pitching well and the need arises.

Zach McAllister:  24-year old righty Zach McAllister had a rough introduction to the majors last summer.  He pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Indians and he was 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP.  McAllister also pitched in 25 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 12-3 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He will more than likely start the 2012 season in AAA.

Roberto Hernandez Heredia:  31-year old righty Roberto Hernandez Heredia (the artist formally known as Fausto Caromona) might miss a large chunk or the whole 2012 season due to identity theft in his native country.  He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Heredia has now pitched in 181 games (150 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 53-66 with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He has been placed on the restricted list by the Indians, so he won’t get paid a dime until he’s cleared to pitch again.

Carlos Carrasco:  24-year old righty Carlos Carrasco had Tommy John Surgery late last summer, so he’s likely to miss most,  if not all, of the 2012 season.  Carrasco pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 8-9 with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 33 games (all starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 10-15 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2012:  B

 

The Cleveland Indians sign Ryan Rohlinger

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Thursday 26 January 2012 at 11:39 pm

The Indians have signed 28-year old righty swinging infielder Ryan Rohlinger to a minor league deal.  Rohlinger played in 1 game for the Giants last year and he was 0 for 1 with a whiff.  He also played in 103 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 90 for 364 (.247 avg, .762 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 10 homers, 51 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Rohlinger has now played in 46 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 9 for 67 (.134 avg, .377 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 7 RBIs.  Rohlinger will likely start the 2012 season in AAA-ball for the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians sign Dan Wheeler

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Thursday 26 January 2012 at 11:35 pm

The Indians have signed 34-year old righty reliever Dan Wheeler to a minor league deal.  Wheeler pitched in 47 games (0 starts) for the Red Sox last year and he was 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Wheeler has pitched in 577 games (9 starts) in his first 12 years in the minors and he is 25-43 with 43 saves, a 3.88 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Wheeler will get a shot to win a job in the Indians’ bullpen this spring.

The Cleveland Indians sign Jeremy Accardo

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Tuesday 24 January 2012 at 4:44 pm

The Indians have acquired 30-year old righty reliever Jeremy Accardo to a minor league deal.  Accardo pitched in 31 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 3-3 with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 235 games (0 starts) in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 10-20 with 38 saves, a 4.22 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  Accardo will get a shot to win a job in the Indians’ bullpen this spring.

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