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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | January 22, 2018

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2017-18 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 77 – Jack Armstrong

January 11, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 77 days

When pitcher Jack Armstrong asked the Indians to wear the number seven for his first season in Cleveland in 1992, he found out that it had already been taken by another new member of the organization, similarly acquired via trade in the offseason.

That player was Kenny Lofton, who would become another one of the legends to wear that digit in Indians history, joining Charlie JamiesonHal Trosky, and Al Rosen, to name a few.

Armstrong decided to try something new, which was a theme to his journey to Cleveland with his first new franchise of his career after being drafted and developed into an All-Star across the state in Cincinnati. Since he couldn’t have seven, he opted for the number twice and became the first and only Indians player to wear the number 77 in an official Major League game. Read More

Indians and Allen Avoid Arbitration with One Year Agreement

January 11, 2018 |

Reliever Cody Allen and the Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration on Wednesday when the two sides agreed to a one-year, $10.575 million contract for the 2018 season.

The deal, reported first by Tom Withers of the Associated Press, has not yet been formally announced by the Indians. Read More

Bauer Blossoming Into Top Starter He Was Projected To Be

January 7, 2018 |

It seems that Trevor Bauer may have grown up before our very eyes during the second half of last season.

The 26-year-old, who will be 27 on January 17, was a villain on the team during the season’s first three months as he got off to a rocky start. That, combined with his now infamous drone incident during the 2016 playoffs, had draw the ire of Tribe fans.

On July 16, Bauer was 7-8 with a 5.59 ERA. He had just allowed four earned runs and recorded just two outs in a forgettable start against the weak-hitting Oakland Athletics. Calls for Bauer to be demoted to the bullpen or sent to Triple-A Columbus were intensifying. Bauer was the last guy many fans wanted to see take the mound at that point. Read More

Indians Sign Zarate to Minors Deal, Invite Seven More to Spring Training

January 4, 2018 |

The Cleveland Indians announced on Thursday morning that the team had come to terms on a minor league contract with left-handed pitcher Robert Zarate, who last pitched professionally in 2015. He will join seven other Indians minor leaguers who were extended non-roster invitations to spring training next month.

In addition to Zarate, the Indians have invited position players Bobby Bradley, Nellie Rodriguez, and Richie Shaffer and right-handed pitchers Louis Head, Cameron Hill, Josh Martin, and Cole Sulser to play with the team during the spring.

The Indians now have 17 non-roster players scheduled to participate during spring camp in Goodyear, Arizona. Read More

Indians’ Questions in Need of Resolution for 2018

January 2, 2018 |

With the start of the new year, the Cleveland Indians still have plenty of questions that need resolution before the start of the 2018 campaign. Most should work themselves out by the end of spring training, but in the meantime, one can only ponder how things will be answered. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 88 – Rene Gonzales

December 31, 2017 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 88 days

If you have a hard time remembering who Rene Gonzales was or when and where he played, don’t fret. His stay in Cleveland was short, but in his time on the shores of Lake Erie, he earned a special claim to fame by becoming the first Cleveland player to don the number 88 on his back in a Major League game. Read More

Pair of Old Hands Could Be Keys to Tribe’s 2018 Success

December 31, 2017 |

What if you were told the Cleveland Indians could add a pair of former two-time All-Stars to their lineup? Add to that statement that neither player had anything to do with the Tribe’s epic 22-game winning streak this past summer, one that helped launch the club to the best record in the American League. Also, add to that that neither player was much of a factor in a disappointing five-game ALDS defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees. Now what if you were told that the Indians would have to give up nothing to add the All-Star veterans to a lineup that neither was really much of a part of in the second half of 2017?

You would probably happily take this scenario, just before asking how the Indians could add two quality pieces to their everyday lineup without giving anything up. That part is simple. The two players are Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley.

With Carlos Santana now gone to Philadelphia, Brantley and Kipnis serve as the Indians’ longest-tenured players. They probably serve as two of the biggest keys to Cleveland’s hopes of winning a third straight American League Central Division title and, more importantly, getting back to the World Series for the first time in two years and winning it for the first time in 70 years. Read More

Cleveland Indians’ 2017 Year in Review – What If?

December 30, 2017 |

For many Tribe fans, the 2017 season will be looked upon with the same marketing tagline that the 2012 season had at its outset.

“What If?” Read More

Indians’ Minor Leaguers on the Move this Winter

December 26, 2017 |

While plenty of focus has been given to the big name free agents departing the Cleveland Indians organization this offseason, there has been plenty of movement down on the farm for the club’s minor league free agent class.

The names are nowhere near as big as Carlos Santana, Bryan Shaw, and Joe Smith, who have all signed lucrative contracts in Philadelphia, Colorado, and Houston, respectively, nor are they as big as Jay Bruce, who is still testing the free agent waters while waiting for the right deal, but the moves cut into some of the existing depth in the team’s minor league system.

Baltimore claimed a pair of former Indians pitchers when they added right-hander Perci Garner and left-hander Luis Lugo to minor league deals. Read More

Indians Outfield Could See Changes Over the Winter Months

December 24, 2017 |

The Indians completed one of the offseason priorities this past week. With the signing of Yonder Alonso, Cleveland figured out who would replace departed free agent Carlos Santana at first base. Alonso may be a slight downgrade to the player who called Cleveland home for the last eight years, but he and his 28 home runs from a season ago will be a good addition to the Tribe’s batting order.

With that box checked on the Indians’ winter to-do list, there are still a couple more. The biggest area of concern may very well be sorting out the outfield, which is going to take some doing and could take a good deal of time this winter and on into the spring.

The Tribe has seven big league-caliber outfielders, all of whom are capable Major League baseball players. That does not even consider Jason Kipnis, who could be moved more regularly from second base to the outfield, nor does it consider free agent Jay Bruce whom the Indians could still ink to a contract before spring training rolls around. Read More

Tribe Finds Santana’s Replacement in Free Agent All-Star Alonso

December 22, 2017 |

For those worried that the Indians were going to stand pat after the loss of first baseman Carlos Santana and the likely departure of Jay Bruce from the Cleveland lineup, the Tribe brass addressed those concerns late Wednesday with the signing of free agent first baseman Yonder Alonso.

The deal, which had not yet been confirmed by the club, is for two years and a total of $16 million, split evenly at $8 million a season. Additionally, the deal has a vesting option for 2020 worth another $8 million, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal was first reported by USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale. Read More

Santana’s Departure to Philadelphia Mirrors Thome’s 15 Years Earlier

December 20, 2017 |

OK, stop me if you’ve heard this one: An Indians slugger settles in at first base after changing positions, becomes a mainstay of some quality Tribe teams, and ends up signing a fat contract in Philadelphia.

That appears to be what happened with Carlos Santana, who according to reports has signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies. But it happened 15 years ago with Jim Thome, too.

Thome was drafted in the 13th round by the Indians in 1989, breaking in with the team as a third baseman as a September callup two years later. That team lost 105 games – the most losses in Indians history – but good times were just around the corner. Read More