The rumors that started to circulate just prior to the start of Tuesday’s game between the Indians and Twins became a reality on Wednesday as Cleveland announced that it had reacquired outfielder Coco Crisp in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.
Full details of the trade were not made available, but the Indians did send minor league left-hander Colt Hynes to Oakland as part of the arrangement.
Thursday’s loss to Hartford dropped the Akron RubberDucks to seven games in back of first place Altoona for the top spot in the Eastern League’s Western Division. At 58-60, things have not been going as well as hoped in Akron in the second half after some significant changes to the roster. With an 8-19 record since hosting the Eastern League’s Midsummer Classic, it is easy to see the time frame that the season got away from the ‘Ducks and there has been little slowing the losing skid down along the way.
August has been no better for the club. The RubberDucks dropped a three-game set in New Hampshire and followed it with losses in two of three in Portland. Returning home, they did find the win column twice in three games against the Yard Goats to win a series and will welcome in the Sea Dogs to Canal Park for three more this weekend before heading on a six-game road trip through Trenton and Bowie.
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The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need to answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ new players who will be trying to fill a role on the Tribe’s roster.
When a baseball team goes to the playoffs with 92 wins, as the Cleveland Indians did last year, it is hard to find a lot major weaknesses on a roster. That is certainly true of the Tribe, a squad that does not have a lot of roster spots up for grabs as spring training gets underway in Goodyear, Az.
Still, there was one major chink in the armor during last year’s run to the postseason. That was the difficulty to find someone who could have success as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen last season. Veteran journeyman Rich Hill had the worst season of his career, while young guys like Nick Hagadone and Scott Barnes never looked fully comfortable in the majors.