The Cleveland Indians might not sign any of their pending free agents

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Wednesday 24 October 2012 at 9:22 pm

The Cleveland Indians have five potential free agents and I’m thinking they probably won’t bring any of them back.  Here is how I see things:

Casey Kotchman:  29-year old lefty swinging Casey Kotchman was the starting 1B for most of the 2012 season, but he didn’t hit that well while showing off an outstanding glove.  Kotchman played in 142 games for the Indians last year and he was 106 of 463 (.229 avg, .612 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 12 homers, 55 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  VERDICT:  LEAVING

Grady Sizemore:  30-year old lefty swinging CF Grady Sizemore got injured in spring training and he missed the entire 2012 season.  In his last four years with the Indians, Sizemore only played in 210 of them.  VERDICT:  LEAVING

Travis Hafner:  35-year old lefty swinging DH Travis Hafner played in only 66 games for the Indians last year and he was 50 for 219 (.228 avg, .784 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 12 homers and 34 RBIs.  The Indians have a $13 million dollar option on Hafner for 2013, or they can buy him out for $2.75 million bucks.  VERDICT:  LEAVING

Ubaldo Jimenez:  The Indians hold a $5 million dollar option for 28-year old righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez for 2013, or they can buy him out for $1 million bucks.  Jimenez pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.   VERDICT:  LEAVING

Roberto Hernandez:  32-year old righty starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona) started only 3 games for the Indians last year due to suspension and injury and he was 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  The Indians hold an option on Hernandez for 2013.  VERDICT:  LEAVING


The Cleveland Indians sign catcher Matt Pagnozzi

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Blogroll,Front Page,General by admin on Friday 2 December 2011 at 7:07 pm

The Indians have signed 29-year old righty swinging catcher Matt Pagnozzi to a minor league deal.  Pagnozzi played in 12 games for the Pirates & Rockies last year and he was 8 for 29 (.276 avg, .598 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  He also played in 54 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 49 for 178 (.275 avg, .758 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 3 homers and 29 RBIs.  Pagnozzi has now played in 33 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 22 for 71 (.310 avg, .744 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 13 RBIs.  The Indians love to stockpile veteran catchers to work in the minors with their pitchers, so Pagnozzi should be a perfect fit.

The Cleveland Indians should be really active at the trade deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Sunday 24 July 2011 at 1:04 pm

The Indians really need to make a few moves to improve the team by next Sunday’s trade deadline. The Indians should go after one of the following outfielders: Josh Willingham (A’s), Alfonso Soriano (Cubs), Ryan Ludwick (Padres), Carlos Beltran (Mets), B.J. Upton (Rays) and Coco Crisp (A’s). Those kind of outfielders would fill the Indians’ biggest need as they need to pump up the offense. But, they are really short two outfielders, so they should also target a second tier outfielder like Marlon Byrd (Cubs), Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs), David DeJesus (A’s), Jeff Francoeur (Royals), Melky Cabrera (Royals), Angel Pagan (Mets), Juan Rivera (Dodgers) or Corey Patterson (Blue Jays). The Indians need one outfielder who can play CF and another one that can play corner outfield. If it was up to me, I would deal for Alfonso Soriano (providing the Cubs pay most of the salary left on his contract) and either Corey Patterson or Angel Pagan. The Indians are also kicking the tires on starting pitchers like James Shields, Doug Fister, Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie, Erik Bedard, Brett Myers and Chris Capuano. I would think that Shields and Myers are out of the Indians’ range either money wise or prospect wise. They don’t have a lefty in the rotation, so I think they should go with a lefty with Jason Vargas at the top of the list. The Indians need to make improvements on the roster next week if they are going to compete in the A.L. Central the rest of the year.

The Cleveland Indians call up Jason Kipnis

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 21 July 2011 at 8:11 pm

The Indians have called up 24-year old lefty swinging 2B Jason Kipnis. Kipnis came into this season as the Indians’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America. Kipnis has played in 90 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 95 for 338 (.281 avg, .849 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 12 homers, 54 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He has now played in 252 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 288 for 967 (.298 avg, .864 OPS) with 179 runs scored, 29 homers, 147 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. The Indians will use Kipnis as the starting 2B from now on, turning Orlando Cabrera into a utility infielder.

The Cleveland Indians DFA Jared Goedert

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 21 July 2011 at 8:08 pm

The Indians have designated 26-year old righty swinging 3B Jared Goedert for assignment. Goedert has played in 49 games in AA+AAA-ball this year and he is 38 for 180 (.211 avg, .667 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 7 homers and 22 RBIs. He has now played in 536 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 519 for 1,969 (.264 avg, .788 OPS) with 307 runs scored, 72 homers, 317 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Goedert will likely accept a AAA assignment from the Indians if he clears waivers.

UPDATE: (7/26/2011) – Jared Goedert has cleared waivers and he has accepted a minor league assignment from the Tribe.

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