The Cleveland Indians acquire Brandon Guyer from the Tampa Bay Rays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 8:29 pm

The Cleveland Indians have acquired 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Brandon Guyer from the Tampa Bay Rays for 22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nathan Lukes and 20-year old righty starter/reliever Jhonleider Salinas.

Guyer played in 63 games for the Rays this year and he was 51 of 212 (.241 avg, .752 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 18 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He also leads MLB in HBP, as it has happened to him a stunning 23 times so far this year.  Guyer has now played in 306 games in his first five years in the show and he is 217 of 851 (.255 avg, .737 OPS) with 124 runs scored, 21 homers, 76 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  Guyer pounds left handed pitching and that is one of the major reasons that the Indians dealt for him.  He is 113 of 399 (.283 avg, .848 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 15 homers, 42 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Guyer can play all three outfield spots defensively, adding to his versatility for the Tribe.

Lukes played in 94 games in A-ball for the Tribe this year and he was 109 of 365 (.299 avg, .813 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 5 homers, 33 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  Salinas pitched in 9 games (4 starts) in Rookie-ball for the Indians this year and he was 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Neither of them were considered one of the Tribe’s top 30 prospects according to Baseball America.

I like this deal for a couple of reasons for the Tribe.  Guyer is versatile in the field and he crushes left handed pitching.  Adding Guyer also allows the Indians to move Jose Ramirez to third base full time!

The Cleveland Indians acquire Andrew Miller from the Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 31 July 2016 at 3:36 pm

The Cleveland Indians have acquired 31-year old lefty reliever Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees for 21-year old righty swinging outfielder Clint Frazier, 20-year old lefty starting pitcher Justus Sheffield, 24-year old righty reliever Ben Heller and 23-year old righty reliever J.P. Feyereisen.

Miller will immediately take over as the Indians’ closer!  Miller pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Yankees this year and he was 6-1 with 9 saves, a 1.39 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP.  Miller gave up only 28 hits and 7 walks while whiffing 77 batters in his 45 1/3 innings for the Yankees this year!  Miller was an All-Star for the first time in his career this year!  Miller has now pitched in 363 games (66 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 39-41 with 46 saves, a 4.35 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  In his 297 games out of the pen so far in his career, Miller is 19-14 with 46 saves, a 2.72 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Frazier came into this season as the Indians’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 94 games in AA+AAA-ball this year for the Indians and he was 99 for 362 (.273 avg) with 58 runs scored, 13 homers, 48 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Sheffield came into this season as the Indians’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.  Sheffield pitched in 19 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Indians this year and he was 7-5 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  He gave up 91 hits and 40 walks while whiffing 93 batters in his 95 1/3 innings in the minors for the Tribe this year.  Heller pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball this year and he was 3-2 with 12 saves, a 1.73 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  He gave up 23 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 48 batters in his 41 2/3 innings in the minors for the Tribe this year.  Feyereisen pitched in 33 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 4-3 with 5 saves, a 2.23 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He gave up 30 hits and 20 walks while whiffing 56 batters in 40 1/3 innings in the minors for the Tribe this year.

The Indians gave up a lot to acquire Miller, but it was worth the plunge.  Cleveland is in first place and they are trying to ride the wave that the Cavs have the city on right now!  I love this move for the Indians!

The Cleveland Indians deal Ross Detwiler to the A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 4:45 pm

The Cleveland Indians have dealt 30-year old lefty reliever Ross Detwiler to the A’s for cash considerations.  Detwiler pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Tribe this year and he was 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 180 games (76 starts) in his first 9 years in the show and he is 21-37 with 1 save, a 4.21 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  This is not much of a loss for the Tribe, as Detwiler did not pitch well for them this year.

The Cleveland Indians DFA Michael Martinez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 2 July 2016 at 7:32 pm

The Cleveland Indians have designated 33-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Michael Martinez for assignment.  Martinez played in 32 games for the Indians this year and he was 17 of 60 (.283 avg, .690 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  He has played in 48 games in his two years with the Tribe and he is 25 of 90 (.278 avg, .668 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.  Martinez essentially lost his roster spot because the Indians and Blue Jays played 19 innings yesterday.  The Indians hope that Martinez will clear waivers and accept an outright assignment to AAA, so that they can keep him.

UPDATE:  (7/8/2016) – The Cleveland Indians have dealt Michael Martinez to the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations.

The Cleveland Indians deal Anthony Recker to the Braves

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 9 May 2016 at 6:05 pm

The Cleveland Indians have dealt 32-year old righty swinging catcher Anthony Recker to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.  Recker played in 19 games in AAA-ball for the Tribe this year and he was 15 of 61 (.246 avg, .821 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Recker has played in 167 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 84 of 455 (.185 avg, .594 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 16 homers, 55 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Indians won’t miss Recker moving forward.

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