Riddle me this, Tribe fans: What’s worse than dealing defending Cy Young Award winners in back-to-back years?
The answer may be dealing a two-time Cy Young Award winner and getting peanuts in return.
Corey Kluber’s headed to Texas, dealt to the Rangers for outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and reliever Emmanuel Clase. Mets and Phillies reliever Tug McGraw referred to his fastball as the Peggy Lee, because it left him wondering, “Is that all there is,” the title of her most famous song (which Clevelanders can STILL hear at the end of “Big Chuck and Li’l John”).
On the nine-year anniversary of the death of the team’s most prolific pitcher, Bob Feller, the Indians dealt another of Cleveland’s all-time pitching legends as the Tribe traded Corey Kluber and $500,000 to the Texas Rangers for outfielder Delino DeShields and reliever Emmanuel Clase.
In a corresponding roster move, the team designated infielder Mike Freeman for assignment.
The Cleveland Indians went into the Rule 5 draft with a loaded 40-man roster, meaning the club was going to be sitting out the Major League portion of the annual December draft.
While the Indians did not add to their 26-man big league roster for the coming year, the team did avoid losing any unprotected players during the MLB draft. That could not be said during the minor league portion, where the team added a pair but lost three during the less-frequently discussed phase of the yearly lottery.
Cooperstown added two more names to its collection of the legends of the game on Sunday night, when the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that former MLBPA union chief Marvin Miller and catcher Ted Simmons had been selected by the Modern Baseball Era Committee for inclusion as part of the Hall Class of 2020.
News broke from San Diego on Sunday night as the coming Winter Meetings inched closer to kicking off on Monday. The results of the ten-member ballot, which included former players Simmons, Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, and Lou Whitaker, as well as Miller, added two to the guest list for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in July. The Modern Era panel considers those whose most significant contributions to the game of baseball occurred during the period between 1970 and 1987.
The Indians continue to bring in the reinforcements at catcher as for the second time in a week, the front office has added at the position.
Cleveland announced on Friday that the team had come to terms on a minor league deal with a spring training invite with 29-year-old Beau Taylor, who split last season with the Oakland and Toronto organizations.
Ahead of Monday’s deadline for tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible players, the Cleveland Indians made some moves.
Early in the day, word broke that the Indians acquired backup backstop Sandy Leon from the Boston Red Sox for 21-year-old minor league pitcher Adenys Bautista, who spent last season in the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona Rookie League. Leon was expected to be non-tendered by the Red Sox. The move may have been curious earlier in the day, as Leon joined three other catchers on the team’s 40-man roster, but that issued cleared itself up as the day progressed. The Tribe announced ahead of the 8 PM arbitration deadline that reliever James Hoyt and catcher Kevin Plawecki were not going to be tendered contracts, making the pair free agents.
After the handful of transactions Monday, the Indians’ 40-man roster sits at 39.
Major League Baseball announced on Monday a new annual award to recognize its star performers for a job well done over the course of the year.
The 2019 All-MLB Team, presented by Scotts, will give fans an opportunity to pick one player at each primary position, three outfielders, five starting pitchers, and two relievers for new annual post-season honors. There will be no individual league recognition, as MLB will honor the game’s best.
Voting began on Monday, November 25, and will continue through 5 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3. Fans may vote once every 24 hours. First and second team honors will be announced during this year’s Winter Meetings, held during the second week of December in San Diego.
The Cleveland Indians finalized their 40-man roster ahead of December’s Rule 5 draft on Wednesday night as they announced that three contracts had been purchased from minor league affiliates.
Two of the moves were expected, as top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie and outfielder Daniel Johnson were both added to the 40-man roster. Also joining them as new faces to the Tribe’s 40-man mix was left-handed pitcher Scott Moss, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Cincinnati Reds as part of the three-team trade that centered around Trevor Bauer, Yasiel Puig, and Franmil Reyes.
The Indians cleaned up the roster some on Monday morning, activating infielder Christian Arroyo, pitcher Corey Kluber, and outfielder Tyler Naquin from the 60-day injured list as part of typical front office post-season moves.
The other set of moves announced on the day, however, opened up some space on the club’s 40-man roster. Pitchers Cody Anderson, A.J. Cole, Tyler Olson, and Danny Salazar were activated from their stints on the injured list and subsequently outrighted to Triple-A Columbus. The four all elected to become free agents instead of accepting the assignments back to the minors.
Cleveland Indians radio announcer Tom Hamilton was named as one of eight finalists on Friday for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual Ford C. Frick Award.
This year’s Ford C. Frick Award focuses on “Current Major League Markets” (team-specific announcers) after recognizing “Broadcasting Beginnings” last year and “National Voices” the fall before. Criteria for selection for the Ford C. Frick Award, as established by the Board of Directors, includes a “commitment to excellence, quality of broadcasting abilities, reverence within the game, popularity with fans, and recognition by peers.” To be eligible for consideration, the broadcaster (either active or retired) must have worked for ten continuous seasons with a club or network. According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, more than 200 broadcasters fit those qualifications this year.
The 2019 Major League Baseball season is in the books and the Washington Nationals are first time World Series Champions, taking home an improbable title after entering the playoffs as a Wild Card contestant before later taking four road games from the Houston Astros in the Fall Classic.
What may have been a surprising MLB season to some ended much the same way as a very veteran and older club in the Nationals knocked off the playoff-tested Astros, which had just won the title in 2017. The Nationals had to fight their way through the entire playoff bracket, entering as the top Wild Card club in the senior circuit before squeezing by the Milwaukee Brewers late in the play-in game. They defeated the reigning pennant winners in the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round before sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. Despite taking a 2-0 series lead over the Astros by winning their first two World Series games ever, the Nationals went home and lost all three games in Washington, DC, before winning their fourth and fifth elimination games of the postseason back on the road in Texas.
Every year since 1971, Major League Baseball has recognized a player for his contributions to the community and for representing a philanthropic attitude with a desire for helping others. Each club nominates a player and the winner is picked annually during the World Series.