The Cleveland Indians spread their free agent money around last winter

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 29 September 2016 at 5:43 pm

The Cleveland Indians decided to sign a bevy of free agents last winter, spending $17.25 million bucks on four guys instead of one big name player!  The results were outstanding!  34-year old righty swinging 1B Mike Napoli has turned in a monster year for the Indians power wise, which was why they signed him.  He was signed to a 1-year, $7 million dollar deal last winter and the Tribe will have to ante up this winter if they want to keep him.  Napoli has played in 147 games for the Tribe so far this year and he is 132 of 545 (.242 avg, .811 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 34 homers, 101 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  Those runs scored, homers and RBI are new career highs for Napoli.  Now he has whiffed 191 times so far this year, but he has also walked 76 times.  The Indians don’t mind the whiffing as long as it came with all of those homers and RBI!  35-year old righty swinging outfielder Rajai Davis signed a 1-year, $5.25 million dollar with the Tribe last winter.  He had a rough time defensively early in the year for the Tribe, but he has played well in the field the last five months for them!  Davis has played in 131 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 113 of 445 (.254 avg, .705 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 12 homers, 48 RBI and a American League leading 42 stolen bases!  Davis has set new career highs in both runs scored and homers for the Tribe in 2016!  37-year old righty swinging Juan Uribe played decent defensively, but he didn’t hit a lick for the Indians, leading to his release.  Uribe played in 73 games for the Tribe this year and he was 49 of 238 (.206 avg, .591 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 7 homers and 25 RBI.  Uribe was signed to a 1-year, $4 million dollar deal by the Tribe last winter.  Uribe’s release led to Jose Ramirez getting the full time job at 3B for the Tribe, and the result has been outstanding.  39-year old righty swinging outfielder Marlon Byrd was signed to a 1-year, $1 million dollar deal late in spring training when it was evident that Michael Brantley wouldn’t be ready to start the season.  Byrd played in 34 games for the Tribe in which he was 31 of 115 (.270 avg, .778 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 5 homers and 19 RBI.  Then Byrd was suspended for 162 games for testing positive for PEDs!  Overall though, the signings Napoli and Davis more than made up for the signings of Uribe and Byrd.

Dan Otero continues to soar for the Cleveland Indians in 2016!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 26 September 2016 at 8:51 pm

31-year old righty reliever Dan Otero has been fantastic for the Cleveland Indians in 2016.  He has pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Tribe so far this year and he is 5-1 with 1 save, a 1.46 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  He has given up 52 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his first 67 2/3 innings for the Indians so far this year.  Otero has now pitched in 218 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 17-7 with 2 saves, a 2.92 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  The Indians hope that Otero stays hot, as the playoffs start next week!

The Cleveland Indians DFA T.J. House

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 22 September 2016 at 6:22 am

The Cleveland Indians have designated 26-year old lefty starter/reliever T.J. House for assignment.  House pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Tribe this year and he was 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.  House also pitched in 33 games (12 starts) in AAA-ball for the Tribe this year and he was 5-3 with 1 save, a 3.98 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP.  House pitched in 27 games (22 starts) in his three years with the Tribe and he was 5-7 with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Tribe moving forward.

UPDATE:  (9/28/2016) – The Indians have outrighted T.J. House to AAA.

The Cleveland Indians lose Carlos Carrasco for the rest of the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 18 September 2016 at 4:05 am

The Cleveland Indians have lost 29-year old righty starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco for the remainder of the 2016 season due to a fractured right hand.  He was hit by a line drive off the bat of Tigers’ leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler on Saturday.  This is a HUGE blow to the Cleveland Indians, who earlier this week lost Danny Salazar for the season.  Carrasco pitched in 25 games (all starts) for the Indians this year and he was 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has given up 134 hits and 34 walks while whiffing 150 batters in his 146 1/3 innings for the Tribe this year.  Carrasco has now pitched in 143 games (109 starts) in his first seven years with the Tribe and he is 44-46 with 1 save, a 3.92 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  In his last three years, Carrasco has pitched in 94 games (68 starts) for the Indians in which he is 31-26 with 1 save, a 3.22 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Corey Kluber is locked in for the Cleveland Indians right now!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 17 September 2016 at 6:05 pm

30-year old righty starting pitcher Corey Kluber has been solid all year long for the Cleveland Indians in 2016, but he has been awesome in the second half!  Since the All-Star game, Kluber has pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Tribe in which he is 8-1 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  He has only given up 62 hits and 27 walks while whiffing 93 batters in 82 2/3 innings since the All-Star break!  He has now pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Indians so far this year and he is 17-9 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He has given up 159 hits and 54 walks while whiffing 215 batters in his first 204 2/3 innings overall this year.  Kluber is locked in for the Indians right now and that is a good thing with the playoffs right around the corner!

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