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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 18, 2018

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Tribe Brings Santana Home as Part of Three-Team Trade Thursday

December 13, 2018 |

In the final moments of this year’s Winter Meetings, the Cleveland Indians swung a three-team trade, sending Edwin Encarnacion and a Competitive Balance Round B pick in the 2019 draft to Seattle and both Yandy Diaz and Cole Sulser to Tampa Bay in exchange for the Mariners’ Carlos Santana, the Rays’ Jake Bauers, and cash.

The wild offseason for Santana continued as he was traded for the second time in less than two weeks. Last winter was eventful for the longtime Indians slugger as he hit free agency and signed a big pact with the Phillies, but after one season in the City of Brotherly Love and the emergence of Rhys Hoskins as an everyday first base option there, Philadelphia dealt Santana to Seattle as part of the package to acquire shortstop Jean Segura. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 29, 2016

October 29, 2018 |

The Cleveland Indians overcome an early deficit to back Corey Kluber and the bullpen with a 7-2 win over the Chicago Cubs from Wrigley Field to take a commanding three games to one lead in the World Series. Read More

Today in Tribe History: July 26, 2008

July 26, 2018 |

The Cleveland Indians announce that utility man Casey Blake was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for catching prospect Carlos Santana and minor league pitcher Jon Meloan. Read More

Former Indians Finding Varying Degrees of Success in New Digs

April 15, 2018 |

Over the winter there was some gnashing of teeth as the Cleveland Indians waived good-bye to Carlos Santana, Bryan Shaw and Jay Bruce. Santana and Shaw had been on the club for multiple years, while Bruce was an August trade addition last summer.

Most of the fret was focused around the offense and what losing power hitters the likes of Santana and Bruce would do to the every day lineup’s run-scoring potential. As for Shaw, some Tribe fans were all too eager to see him leave. He was the player, however, that manager Terry Francona seemed the most distraught over losing. Read More

Today in Tribe History: April 3, 2011

April 3, 2018 |

In a most memorable first career MLB start at first base, Carlos Santana begins a triple play in the fourth inning of a 7-1 Indians win over the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 41

February 16, 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 – 41 days

The number 41 has not gotten a lot of use in Indians history, but the last three players to wear it have left a mark on the franchise, including a pair of switch-hitting catchers turned first basemen. 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

Indians Bringing Home the Hardware During Annual Awards

November 11, 2017 |

While the Indians did not get to play as deep into October as fans may have hoped, the efforts of the Cleveland players have been recognized numerous times during the annual November award season in Major League Baseball.

Friday marked just such a night as free agent Carlos Santana was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year among all Major League first basemen. Read More

Indians Swept in Gold Glove Award Voting

November 9, 2017 |

Despite having four finalists in the hunt, the Cleveland Indians were denied a winner in the annual Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Tuesday night.

Four of the American League’s 27 nominees for the 2017 awards came from the Indians roster, but as has been the case for much of the last decade, the Tribe did not have a player selected as the best at his position.

Yan Gomes (catcher), Francisco Lindor (shortstop), Jose Ramirez (third base), and Carlos Santana (first base) each were part of the final three nominees this season at their respective positions. Read More

Hot Stove Heating Up as Indians Make Minor Roster Moves

November 7, 2017 |

The offseason begins with a lot of minor moves for teams that oftentimes get lost in the shuffle of an otherwise busy fall and winter break from playing.

The Cleveland Indians completed some of their mandatory moves on Monday, adding several players to the 40-man roster, opening another spot by declining an option, and extending one very important qualifying offer. Read More

Tribe’s Offseason Already Proving to be a Busy One

October 30, 2017 |

While Major League Baseball is down to its final games of the 2017 season, the Cleveland Indians are, unfortunately, working through the decisions facing the club as the Tribe prepares for the 2018 campaign.

While most players are resting up from what was an exciting, but ultimately disappointing season, a handful of minor leaguers are working their way through fall and winter league activities. Most notably in the mix are two of the club’s top two prospects, Francisco Mejia and Bobby Bradley, who are among eight players participating for the Indians in the Arizona Fall League. Mejia has put up a .400/.405/.571 slash through eight games while working to add third base to his list of defensive skills. He has hit a pair of homers and driven in five. Bradley has provided a little more in the power department, hitting two doubles, two homers, and a triple while driving in six, but the strikeouts have been plentiful for the big slugger, who has gone down on strikes 18 times in 44 at bats in eleven games.

The Indians have been well represented by their prospects in Arizona. Mejia will represent the Tribe and the Glendale Desert Dogs on the AFL West Fall Stars roster and will be joined by reliever Argenis Angulo (High-A Lynchburg) on the team. Bradley is part of the Final 2 vote for the team, as he will need to pull in more votes than Royals shortstop prospect Nicky Lopez and Rangers minor league outfielder Yanio Perez in order to participate in the All-Star Game. Read More

Bruce or Santana? The Tribe’s Multi-Million Dollar Question

October 22, 2017 |

Every offseason, every Major League Baseball team has tough decisions to make. Most teams – even the good ones – rarely start a new season with every player that they had the year before. Expiring contracts, contract options, and free agency are facts of life for all MLB clubs.

That is why this past season felt so special for the Cleveland Indians. Very few tough decisions had to be made last winter. The ones that were ended up being greeted with happy returns. Mike Napoli had to go, but the Indians upgraded with Edwin Encarnacion. Rajai Davis was not retained, even after his near-heroics in the 2016 World Series. Cleveland did not miss a beat without him. Those players represented the only difficult decisions that the Tribe’s deep thinkers needed to make last offseason.

It will not be so easy this winter.

Cleveland has more free agents and contract options to consider this time around. At the core of every decision the team makes this winter, may be the greatest debate of all – the question of Jay Bruce or Carlos Santana? Read More