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Posts By Craig Gifford

If Tampa Can Do It, Why Can’t the Tribe

November 29, 2012 |

Cleveland Indians fans have watched many superstars walk away in free agency or get traded just before the end of their contract. Each time, the explanation from management is the same and usually involves something along the lines of being a smaller market team that cannot afford to spend in the same bracket as the New Yorks, Bostons and Los Angeles’ of the world.

On Monday, a jaded Tribe fan base received a reminder of how wrong that thought actually is. The Tampa Bay Rays, the lone team in Major League Baseball with a worse 2012 attendance than the Indians, ponied up in a big way to make sure Evan Longoria would never leave for the riches of the big cities. Tampa and Longoria agreed to a 10-year, $136.6 million deal, with a $13 million club option for 2023. Read More

Donald’s Up and Down Act Should End at Up, With Cleveland

November 2, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today, we examine a player who is out of minor league options, meaning they must be on the 25-man roster.

For the last three years with the Indians, Jason Donald has been a yo-yo. He has bounced between Triple-A Buffalo and Cleveland on numerous occasions. Next year, the up and down act will end, one way or the other.

Donald is now out of options and the Tribe cannot send him to the minors any more, without exposing him to waivers. For all the reasons that would be risky, Cleveland should figure on hanging onto the super utility player rather than letting him walk away. Donald is good enough that another team would surely grab him if given the chance. Read More

Hagadone Has a Place in the Bullpen, Only Question is Where?

October 26, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today we analyze a player that will most likely see an increased role in 2013, versus the role they had in 2012.

Nick Hagadone has a world of potential and possibility. If his head is on straight, he could be a key player coming out of the Cleveland Indians bullpen for years to come.

In late 2011, combined with the early portions of 2012, Tribe fans saw just what the left-handed reliever could become. He closed 2011 with nine appearances and a 4.09 ERA. From April 27-May 26, this year, the ERA was a sterling 1.93. Then a slump, followed by anger issues, took over. Read More

Hafner Still an Option, But Not For $13 Million

October 22, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today we analyze one of the three players who have team options for next season. The Indians must decide to pick up their options within three days of the end of the World Series.

For his first five seasons in a Cleveland Indians uniform, Travis Hafner represented everything good about small market baseball. A shrewd trade of a veteran, bringing in an unknown rookie who produces far above anyone’s expectations is something all teams on a budget hope to have happen any time.

The Indians had that dream scenario pop up in December 2002. At the time, it was an unheralded trade with the Texas Rangers. The Tribe unloaded a pair of young players, with little upside in catcher Einar Diaz and starting pitcher Ryan Drese. In return, Cleveland received the equally unknown Hafner.

Hafner had played 23 games for the Rangers in 2002, but did not show any of the power that was about to make him a hero on the shores of Lake Erie. The player known as Pronk, showed his hit muscle over 92 games with the Indians in 2003, blasting 14 home runs in that stretch. Adding 40 RBI and a .254 batting average helped Cleveland management make Hafner the team’s regular designated hitter and part-time first baseman in 2004. Read More

Jimenez No Longer an Ace, Maybe No Longer an Option?

October 21, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today we analyze one of the three players who have team options for next season. The Indians must decide to pick up their options within three days of the end of the World Series.

Ubaldo Jimenez‘s 2012 season of misery ended prematurely. Perhaps the Indians should consider ending his stay in Cleveland early, as well.

Jimenez was unable to make his final two starts of the season. The former ace had a right ankle sprain and was shut down for what would have been his last two outings. He finished the year with a disappointing 9-17 record and bloated 5.55 ERA. The 17 losses were the most in the majors. Read More

Hannahan’s Time In Cleveland Should Be Over

October 19, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today we analyze one of the many players facing salary arbitration this winter.

Jack Hannahan‘s days in Cleveland are likely numbered. At least, they should be.

Hannahan, a journeyman third baseman, was picked up by the Indians before the 2011 season. He was tabbed to be a stop gap at the hot corner as well as a defensive specialist on a club seemingly with plenty of offense. Read More

Allen Proves He Belongs In Cleveland

October 12, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. This week we analyze the Tribe’s young core of players moving forward.

It did not take Cody Allen long to make a positive impression with the Cleveland Indians. In fact, it has not taken Allen long to make a strong impression on any of his professional baseball stops.

In a little over a year, the right hander has gone from 23rd round draft pick to a potential key cog in the Tribe bullpen. He is the guy who could make closer Chris Perez expendable in an offseason trade. In April, Allen was unheard of and not on anyone’s radar to be in the majors any time soon. Now, he is a core player as the Indians look toward the future with new Manager Terry Francona. Read More

Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #61 Jason Stanford

December 21, 2011 |

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of pitcher, Jason Stanford.

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Lopez and Pie Provide Depth and Possibility To Tribe

December 20, 2011 |

 

What was one of the biggest reasons the wheels fell off for the Cleveland Indians in 2011 after a torrid start? The quick answer is depth.

The Indians were hit hard by the injury bug and really didn’t have the backup pieces in place to absorb the losses. A team that began the season 30-15 spiraled down to a final record of 80-82 and 15 games off the pace in the AL Central Division.

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Tribe Will Have To Win Division In 2012 To Reach Playoffs

December 8, 2011 |

With Major League Baseball’s recent addition of a second Wild Card playoff team, to begin in 2012, the thought was it would help the small-market, money-tight teams earn more entry into the postseason.

After Thursday’s free agent splash by the Los Angeles Angels, that may not be the case for the Cleveland Indians and the rest of the American League. The Angels threw $331 million at this offseason’s two top prizes – first baseman Albert Pujols and ace starter C.J. Wilson. You can put them up there now with the usual AL East free-spenders, the Red Sox and Yankees. Add the fact that, despite losing Wilson, defending World Series Texas should still be a contender in 2012, it seems the market on the Wild Card (now cards) is again cornered by the big boys.

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Sarbaugh the Key To Clippers Development and Success

November 18, 2011 |

The Cleveland Indians, who went from being a bad team in 2010 to an average team 2011, are hoping to make the leap to the next level in 2012. With the major midseason trade for Ubaldo Jimenez and resent acquisition of veteran starting pitcher Derek Lowe, Tribe management is showing the desire to win now. The team is even likely to make more of a splash in free agency than in most offseasons.

While trades and free agents have and will add veteran leadership to the club, the Indians are still expected to be young. The Tribe will remain bolstered and built on fresh faces like Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano, who were all in the minor leagues within the last two years.

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Columbus Clippers Provide Tribe With Players Now And For Future

November 17, 2011 |

 

 

The Cleveland Indians gave their fans plenty of reasons to be excited this past summer. They improved their win total from a scant 69 wins in 2010 to an adequate 80 in 2011. That’s reason enough for excitement in looking forward. The Columbus Clippers, Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate, have given Tribe brass plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future, as well.

Cleveland’s 2011 campaign was marked with a number of players who made their Major League debuts after promotions from Columbus. From expected superstars in Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis, to surprises like Ezequiel Carrera, the pipeline between the Clippers and Indians was quite active. From those players, and several others, Cleveland fans got to see the future appears to be paved with positive things. Even the players who Indians fans did not have the pleasure to see this season are soon to come in the next year and give promise as the back-to-back Triple-A champion Clippers. They have a talented bunch of players waiting and chomping at the bit to contribute to what the Indians hope will be a playoff contender next year and the following several, as well.

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