The Cleveland Indians still need to add a catcher today!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 12:48 pm

Sure, Jonathan Lucroy vetoed his trade to the Cleveland Indians, after he made some unreasonable demands on them.  Instead of reeling from the pain, the Indians still need to improve at catcher.  29-year old righty swinging Yan Gomes isn’t coming back any time soon due to his separated shoulder.  He has played in 71 games so far this year for the Tribe and he is 41 of 249 (.165 avg, .512 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers and 32 RBIs.  So for now the Indians have 27-year old righty swinging Roberto Perez and 33-year old righty swinging Chris Gimenez handling the catching.  Perez has played in 12 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 2 for 25 (.080 avg, .404 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  Gimenez has played in 43 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 20 for 99 (.202 avg, .511 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  Gimenez does have value to the Tribe as Trevor Bauer’s personal catcher.  Still, the Indians can’t afford to have a black hole in the lineup.  I think a move for Kurt Suzuki (Twins), Stephen Vogt (A’s) or Derek Norris (Padres) make the most sense.  Suzuki is hot right now at the plate, so he makes sense.  Norris is hitting under the Mendoza line, so I don’t see him as a major upgrade due to the way his is swinging the bat right now.  Vogt would make the most sense, as he can also play some first base (for the future).  His lefty bat would also play pretty well at Progressive Field.  So in order I would chase Vogt first, Suzuki second and Norris at 3:58 PM today if the Indians whiff on the other two guys.

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… 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… 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.

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