The Cleveland Indians sign Matt Capps

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 31 January 2013 at 11:24 pm

The Indians have signed 29-year old righty reliever Matt Capps to a minor league deal.  Capps pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for the Twins last year and he was 1-4 with 14 saves, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 444 games (0 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 29-33 with 138 saves, a 3.52 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  This was a great pickup for the Indians as Capps is a battle tested late game reliever.

UPDATE:  (3/25/2013) – The Indians have released Matt Capps.  Capps pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Indians in spring training and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

UPDATE II:  (3/26/2013) – The Indians have signed Matt Capps to a minor league deal.

The Cleveland Indians sign Ryan Raburn

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Thursday 24 January 2013 at 6:43 pm

The Indians have signed 31-year old righty swinging 2B/3B/OF Ryan Raburn to a minor league deal.  He played in 66 games for the Tigers last year and he was 35 of 205 (.171 avg, .480 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Raburn has now played in 566 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 403 of 1,573 (.256 avg, .740 OPS) with 223 runs scored, 54 homers, 216 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Raburn’s versatility in the field will give him a good shot to make the Indians’ roster this spring.

The Cleveland Indians sign Ben Francisco

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Thursday 24 January 2013 at 4:01 am

The Indians have signed 31-year old righty swinging infielder Ben Francisco to a minor league deal.  He played in 82 games for the Blue Jays, Astros and Rays last year in which he was 46 of 192 (.240 avg, .670 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 15 RBIs.  He has now played in 542 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 395 of 1,535 (.257 avg, .751 OPS) with 195 runs scored, 49 homers, 189 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.  Francisco played with the Indians for the first three years of his major league career.  He has played in 235 games in his first three years with the Indians and he was 213 of 817 (.261 avg, .768 OPS) with 123 runs scored, 28 homers, 99 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  Francisco is going to have a good shot of winning a bench job with the Tribe this spring.

The Cleveland Indians are set up well at catcher for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by admin on Tuesday 15 January 2013 at 7:39 pm

26-year old switch-hitting Carlos Santana is likely going to split time between catching, DH and 1B in 2013.  Santana played in 143 games for the Indians last year and he was 128 of 507 (.252 avg, .785 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 18 homers, 76 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He has now played in 344 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 299 of 1,209 (.247 avg, .806 OPS) with 179 runs scored, 51 homers, 177 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Santana played in 100 games (95 starts) behind the plate for the Indians last year and he had 7 errors and 10 passed balls.  He also threw out 23 of 93 (24.7%) base stealers last year and Indians’ pitchers had a 4.69 ERA with him behind the dish.  26-year old righty swinging Lou Marson will be Santana’s backup once again in 2013.  He played in 70 games for the Indians last year and he was 44 for 195 (.226 avg, .635 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 0 homers, 13 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 258 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 168 of 765 (.220 avg, .609 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 5 homers, 60 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Marson played in 69 games (64 starts) behind the plate last year and he had 2 errors and 2 passed balls.  He also threw out 10 of 77 (13%) runners trying to steal on him last year and Indians’ pitchers had a 4.86 ERA with him behind the plate.  25-year old righty swinging Yan Gomes can play a little bit off everywhere (C,1B and 3B).  He played in 9 games (5 starts) for the Blue Jays behind the plate last year and he didn’t make any errors of have any passed balls.  He didn’t have anyone try to steal on him last year and Blue Jays’ pitchers had a 5.29 ERA with him behind the dish.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013:  B

The Cleveland Indians sign Edward Paredes

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Wednesday 9 January 2013 at 1:40 pm

The Indians have signed 26-year old lefty reliever Edward Paredes to a minor league deal.  He did not pitch in the United States last year.  He has pitched in 201 games (46 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 31-32 with 21 saves, a 4.66 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  He will start the 2013 season in AA or AAA-ball for the Indians.

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