Chris Gimenez rejects an outright assignment from the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 10:39 pm

33-year old righty swinging C/1B/3B Chris Gimenez has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Cleveland Indians, so he will become a free agent this winter.  Gimenez played in 68 games for the Indians last year and he was 30 for 139 (.216 avg, .602 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers and 11 RBI.  Gimenez played in 149 games in his four years with the Tribe and he was 57 of 317 (.180 avg, .554 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 8 homers, 26 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Gimenez won’t be missed by the Tribe in 2017, as Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez should be able to handle the catching between them.

The Cleveland Indians have claimed Edwin Escobar off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 4:33 pm

The Cleveland Indians have claimed 24-year old lefty reliever/starter Edwin Escobar off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Escobar pitched in 25 games (2 starts) for the D-Backs last year and he was 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.  He also pitched in 19 games (17 starts) in AAA-ball for the Red Sox and Diamondbacks last year in which he was 6-3 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 27 games (2 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-2 with a 7.01 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  This is just a case of the Indians taking a flier on a young lefty pitcher with a good arm.

The Cleveland Indians claim Tim Cooney off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 4:27 pm

The Cleveland Indians have claimed 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Tim Cooney off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.  Cooney didn’t pitch last year due to shoulder surgery and he won’t be ready in time for the start of the 2016 season.  Cooney last pitched in 2015.  He pitched in 14 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Cardinals in 2015 and he was 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.  He also pitched in his first 6 games (all starts) in the show for the Cardinals in 2015 and he was 1-0 with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Cooney has pitched in 79 games (76 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 33-26 with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  This was a good guy for the Indians to take a flier on, as he was on the cusp of breaking through in the show when he injured himself.

The Cleveland Indians re-sign Guillermo Quiroz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 17 November 2016 at 5:46 am

The Cleveland Indians have re-signed 34-year old righty swinging catcher Guillermo Quiroz to a minor league deal.  Quiroz played in 75 games in AAA-ball for the Tribe last year and he was 72 of 273 (.264 avg, .761 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 11 homers and 38 RBI.  He last played in the show back in 2014 for the Giants.  Quiroz has now played in 148 games in his first 10 years in the show and he is 69 of 346 (.199 avg, .533 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 3 homers, 34 RBI and 1 stolen base.  This was a depth signing for the Tribe and little more.

The Cleveland Indians pick up 2019 and 2020 options for manager Terry Francona

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Managers by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 9:29 pm

The Cleveland Indians have exercised options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons for 57-year old manager Terry Francona.  Francona deserved to be rewarded for the job he did in 2016 for the Tribe!  The Indians were 94-67 (58.4%) in 2016 and they won the A.L. Central Division.  They then went 10-5 (66.7%) in the post-season, despite losing in 7 games in the World Series to the Chicago Cubs!  Francona is now 352-254 (54.5%) during the regular season in his first four years in charge.  That has him #8 in Indians’ history in wins for a manager.  He is also 10-6 (62.5%) in the post-season as the Tribe’s manager!

Francona is now 1,381-1,209 (53.3%) in his first 16 years as a manager during the regular season!  He is also 38-23 (62.3%) in the post-season.  He was the manager for World Series Championship teams in both 2004 and 2007 for the Boston Red Sox.  Francona is #30 in MLB history in regular season wins (1,381) and he is also #6 in post-season wins (38)!

UPDATE:  (11/18/2016) – Terry Francona has been named the A.L. Manager of the Year in 2016.  It was the second time he has won that award.  The last time he won this award was his first year with the Indians in 2013!

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