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Winter Meetings Could Invite Tribe to Make a Deal

December 9, 2013 |

The Indians have had a relatively quiet offseason so far, but as the Winter Meetings officially begin this morning in Orlando, Fla., things could change. Certainly over the next four days, every team will be linked to rumors and possible upgrades to their roster.

The Indians will be no different. With Cleveland already committing about $77 million to the 2014 payroll, the Indians can take on some payroll, but might not have the space to make a big signing and still find the smaller, necessary parts to fill out the roster. Cleveland currently needs help in the starting rotation and bullpen. It’s possible a trade from the big league roster could bring back talent and clear some salary space for additional free agent signings to round out the 2014 roster.

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The Dynamics of Dynamic Pricing

December 4, 2013 |

This week the DTTWLN staff is doing an in-depth look at the Cleveland Indians attendance. While everyone knows the Indians have an attendance problem, how they necessarily got to this point appears to be an explanation with many answers including play on the field, population and economic changes and improvements in technology. Regardless of the reasons, one thing is certain, the Indians have an attendance problem. This afternoon, we examine the tipping point in the current attendance decline.

Previous Stories This Week:
From the Perfect Storm to the Indians Attendance Disaster by Bob Toth
Times Have Changed While Indians Attendance Issues Have Worsened by Mike Brandyberry
Indians Attendance Issues Have Spanned Over 65 Years by Vince Guerrieri
The Tipping Point in this Generation’s Attendance Decline by Vince Guerrieri

 

It seems every season many fans have a reason they don’t attend Cleveland Indians games. In past years it has been easy to point to a struggling team, or a team over-achieving with journeyman players that can’t hold it together for the full, 162-game schedule. But after $117 million spent last winter on the 25-man roster, those reasons became obsolete.

The 2013 reason to not attend games was some of the Indians’ changes in their dynamic pricing plan.

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Times Have Changed While Indians Attendance Issues Have Worsened

December 2, 2013 |

This week the DTTWLN staff is doing an in-depth look at the Cleveland Indians attendance. While everyone knows the Indians have an attendance problem, how they necessarily got to this point appears to be an explanation with many answers including play on the field, population and economic changes and improvements in technology. Regardless of the reasons, one thing is certain, the Indians have an attendance problem. Today, we look at changes in society and Cleveland since the end of the Perfect Storm.

Previous Stories This Week:
From the Perfect Storm to the Indians Attendance Disaster by Bob Toth

 

In 2013, the Cleveland Indians were 92-70, good for a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the seventh best record in Major League Baseball.

The Indians drew 1,572,926 fans in 2013, good 29th out of 30 Major League Baseball in front of just the Tampa Bay Rays.

Those two statistics don’t add up. Especially not in Cleveland, a town that prides itself on its undying passion for their sports teams.

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Murphy Could Fill More than Platoon Role

November 25, 2013 |

Last Wednesday the Cleveland Indians signed outfielder David Murphy to a two year, $10 million contract with a team option for 2016 and most of Major League Baseball applauded. Could it lead to a much bigger reaction later this winter?

Murphy had a disappointing season in 2013 with the Texas Rangers, hitting just .220 with 13 home runs and 45 runs batted in. But in an offseason where the likes of 36-year old Marlon Byrd can cash in a two year, $16 million deal, picking up Murphy—who is four years younger—looks to be a steal for Cleveland. Since he’s a career .275 hitter, a rebound season in 2014 will give the Indians a good offensive piece at a great economical value.

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Opening the Door on the Closer Void

November 18, 2013 |

The Indians will have a new look to their bullpen when the 2014 season opens. Gone are the days of the Bullpen Mafia. A mostly new cast of characters will reside in the center field bullpen since that moniker was … Read More

Ranking the Indians Player Trade Values

November 11, 2013 |

The Indians are officially entering the off-season today. The World Series is over. It’s expected Ubaldo Jimenez will turn down their qualifying offer and General Manager Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona will embark on trying to construct a 2014 Cleveland Indians with the expectation to win now, but opportunity to win in the future also.

It’s not real easy when you don’t have an infinite budget and your minor league system is still in the bottom third of Major League organizations.

Thus, the Indians have relied heavily on trades. It hasn’t been their only means of improving the team, but since they are never favorites on the free agent market, trades are a viable necessity for Cleveland.

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Does Carson Have a Role on Tribe in 2014?

November 7, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Most players with 92 career games played and just 187 plate appearances don’t usually have roles for the next season. And while Matt Carson may not have a guaranteed spot on the Opening Day 25-man roster for 2014, it appears the Indians may have a role that perfectly fits him.

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Is There Room for Giambi’s Veteran Leadership in 2014?

October 29, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Relationships are tough. Just like in life, sometimes in baseball, making it work is not as easy as it seems. Such could be the case with the Indians and Jason Giambi.

Before the season ended the 42-year old, part-time designated hitter and full-time clubhouse leader made it clear he would like to return for his 20th season as a big leaguer and he’d like to do it with the Cleveland Indians. Giambi and Indians manager Terry Francona have mutual respect for one another to the extent Francona admitted throughout the season that he would ask Giambi for advice.

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Have We Seen The Last of Chris Perez?

October 16, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Sometimes breaking up is hard to do. This time, it doesn’t seem tough—it seems like the right thing.

Over the last two seasons Chris Perez has been the Indians most polarizing figure. Whether it was his outspoken comments a year ago about why fans should not boo him, why they should be coming to games, his interactions with an Oakland Athletics’ fan or his views of Manny Acta, Perez had thoughts to share. Wherever there seemed to be attention, Perez was not far behind.

Perez started 2013, just like he had 2012—being vocal. In spring training he praised the organization for their offseason moves, the acquisition of Indians manager Terry Francona and placed the responsibility of the season directly on the shoulder’s of Perez and his teammates.

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Tribe Trades Metkovich and Webber to Oakland in PCL

October 11, 2013 |

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In a minor trade last night, the Cleveland Indians traded George Metkovich and Les Webber to Oakland for Will Hafey.

Metkovich did not make the Indians out of spring training this year and has been in the Tribe’s minor league system since the end of camp. A year ago, Metkovich hit .254, with five home runs and 40 RBI while playing in 126 games. Cleveland brought eight outfielders to spring training to compete for roster spots, but when Metkovich did not make the team, he became expendable.

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What Options Do the Indians Have with Jimenez?

October 8, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Ubaldo Jimenez is living proof that organizational long-term plans can change quickly.

A year ago Jimenez was one of the worst pitchers in the American League, going 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA and league leading 16 wild pitches in 2012. The only discussion a year ago was if it was worth picking up Jimenez’s 2013 option, valued at just $5.75 million. With new manager Terry Francona and new pitching coach Mickey Callaway coming on board, the Indians decided to pick up Jimenez’s option for 2013. Considering the lack of starting pitching available at the top of the Indians’ minor league system, and the $5.75 million still being below market value for a free agent starting pitcher, the Tribe had little choice but to bring him back.

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What Tribenomics Face Antonetti Heading into Winter?

October 5, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, … Read More