It’s time for the Cleveland Indians to go for it

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by joelapinski on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at 9:38 pm

The Cleveland Indians are sitting at 50-32 on the season, which has them in first place in the A.L. Central over the Tigers by 6.5 games.  The Indians have the best starting rotation in the American League and they have a darn good bullpen.  But they could use a lefty in the pen and I don’t think it would be too hard to get one.  But, I think I would fix that last, unless I got a lefty reliever thrown into a deal that included a 3B or RF, as those are the two biggest needs on the team right now.  The first call that I would make would be to the Tampa Bay Rays about Evan Longoria.  I would expect the Rays to say no thanks.  Then I would turn my attention to the A’s (Danny Valencia), the Angels (Yunel Escobar) and possibly even the Brewers (Aaron Hill).  I would also start thinking outside the box and consider making a move for Zack Cozart or Eduardo Nunez with the idea of moving them from SS to 3B.  As far as right field goes, I would go hard after lefty swinging Jay Bruce of the Reds.  He has the perfect stroke for Progressive Field.  Josh Reddick (A’s) and Matt Kemp (Padres) seem like good fallback options if the Reds trade Bruce somewhere else.  I would stay clear of lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies.  After watching Corey Dickerson flounder in Tampa this year, I would be leery in dealing for any hitters from the Rockies.  I would also steer clear of switch-hitting Carlos Beltran, as he would probably need a lot of days off because the Indians can’t use him at DH.  Fernando Abad (Twins), Xavier Cedeno (Rays) and Boone Logan (Rockies) would be my top targets as far as lefty relievers go.  The fans are starting to go to Progressive Field in droves and the Tribe is in first place!  It’s time to borrow a phrase from the Cavaliers…..as the Indians need to go….ALL IN!

If I were running the Cleveland Indians, I would go all in this month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by joelapinski on Thursday 18 July 2013 at 5:27 pm

The Indians are right there in the A.L. Central, only 1.5 games behind the Tigers.  But, you know the Tigers are going to do something at the trade deadline…..as they always do.  So to stay with the Tigers and beat them, the Indians need to go all in.  First off, I would be calling the Milwaukee Brewers and I would offer them Zach McAllister, Carlos Carrasco, Scott Barnes, Cord Phelps and a prospect or two (not top ones) for righty starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo and lefty reliever Tom Gorzelanny.  Then I would look to take a chance on finding a bat on the cheap.  The Rockies need relief help, so I would offer them Bryan Shaw for 1B/OF Tyler Colvin and try to catch lightning in a bottle.  The Indians are going to have a hard time keeping up with the Tigers in the second half without making a bold move or two.

The Cleveland Indians could use some help in the bullpen

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by joelapinski on Monday 24 June 2013 at 1:07 pm

The Cleveland Indians are in second place in the A.L. Central with a 38-36 (51.4%), 4 games behind the Detroit Tigers.  The Indians spent a lot of money over the winter to revamp the team and I have a hard time believing that they are willing to take on a lot of salary at the trade deadline next month.  Now, they really could use another starting pitcher, but I think they will set their sites lower and look for a lefty reliever for the back end of games.  I really think that they will be talking to the Milwaukee Brewers about Mike Gonzalez and Tom Gorzelanny.  I think an offer of Cord Phelps and Scott Barnes would be more than enough to pry either of those relievers from the Brewers….and maybe a little bit more.

The Cleveland Indians need to be aggressive in the trade market

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by admin on Friday 27 July 2012 at 3:37 pm

The Cleveland Indians need to be aggressive if they want to really compete for the playoffs this year.  They really need a righty swinging thumper for LF or DH.  Hunter Pence (a Cleveland Indians’ fan), Corey Hart or Alfonso Soriano would be a perfect fit for the Indians.  They could also use help at 3B.  Extracting Chase Headley from the Padres would be outstanding, but it the Indians aim lower…Ty Wigginton of the Phillies would be a good fit.  The Indians could also use a starting pitcher.  James Shields, Matt Garza and Jason Vargas has the highest upsides.  If the Indians aim lower, 1B Gaby Sanchez (Marlins) and infielder Jeff Baker (Cubs) make the most sense.  Cheaper starting pitchers that could appeal to the Indians are righties Joe Blanton, Kevin Correia or Lucas Harrell or lefties Paul Maholm or Clayton Richard.  The Indians just can’t afford to stand pat.

The Cleveland Indians need to get aggressive in the trade market

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by admin on Thursday 28 June 2012 at 5:10 pm

The Cleveland Indians need a righty swinging, power hitting left fielder and a starting pitcher or two if they are going to compete for the A.L. Central crown.  Top targets in the trade market should be Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Lee, Josh Willingham, Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Quentin.  All of the teams with an outfielder also have starting pitching available, so it could be one stop shopping for the Tribe.  That being said, I think the best match is probably with the Padres.  With that in mind, I think the Indians should go after Carlos Quentin and either Clayton Richard or Edison Volquez.  The Indians can’t afford to wait much longer to make a move as they are essentially just treading water in the A.L. Central right now.  They are 37-37 on the season, just 2.5 games behind the White Sox.

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