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2016 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 55: Roberto Perez

February 9, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 55 days

The Cleveland Indians found out very early on last season the importance of having quality depth at the catching position when starting catcher Yan Gomes was knocked out of action during the first week of the season.

Thankfully, Roberto Perez stepped up and answered the call for the club and gave the Indians some consistency at the backstop. Read More

Indians Sign Stammen to Compete for Bullpen Spot

February 8, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians announced Monday afternoon that the club had come to terms with free agent reliever Craig Stammen on a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to spring training.

Stammen, a right-handed reliever, had spent his entire career in the Washington Nationals organization. The 31-year-old addition by the Tribe and Ohio native will turn 32 in March. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 56: Cody Anderson

February 8, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 56 days

In 2015 the Indians had one of the top pitching staffs in baseball. However, a major Achilles heel for the Tribe for about half the season was the number five starter role.

For the better part of the campaign’s first three months, Cleveland tried throwing anything and everything against the last starter wall in the hopes it would stick. From young guys like T.J. House, to a reclamation project in Zach McAllister, to veteran journeyman like Shaun Marcum and Bruce Chen, nothing worked. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 57: Kyle Crockett

February 7, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 57 days

A job in Terry Francona’s bullpen may be Kyle Crockett’s to lose this spring, as the Cleveland Indians relief corps is notably devoid of quality left-handed options.

It was clearly a focal point for the front office in the offseason, as they devoted several free agent signings to address the depth at the position, which is also thin at the upper levels of the farm system. Read More

Recker Looks to Catch on in Cleveland as a Reserve Backstop Option

February 6, 2016 |

Last offseason, the Cleveland Indians added a pair of MLB veteran backup catchers to the organization, just in case something went wrong with Yan Gomes or Roberto Perez during the 2015 season.

Just five games and six days into the regular season, one of the newest Indians, Rajai Davis, slid into home plate while a member of the Detroit Tigers and hit the left heel of Gomes, which resulted in a sprained knee for the Tribe’s starting catcher and reigning Silver Slugger award winner. Just like that, the Indians were in need of depth at backstop.

At a position with such an increased injury risk due to the physical toll of kneeling and foul tips and plate collisions, the Indians again prepared themselves for the worst case scenario when they added a pair of free agent catchers to the club in November on minor league deals with spring training invitations.

Anthony Recker, 32 years old and a five-year MLB veteran, is one of those two security options for the club as the team counts down the days until the beginning of spring ball in Arizona. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 58: TJ House

February 6, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 58 days

If the redo button was a real thing that anyone could hit at any point in time, it would probably be very abused if we’re being honest. When it comes to 2015 though, I would bet that lefty T.J. House wishes he could take a redo on his last year. Read More

Mathias Made Most of Time at Mahoning Valley

February 5, 2016 |

Life as a middle infield prospect in the Cleveland Indians farm system has to be a scary place for aspiring professional baseball players.

When the Indians selected junior second baseman Mark Mathias out of California Polytechnic State University in the third round of last year’s draft as their fourth overall selection, the 19-year-old junior had to know that his work was cut out for him with Jason Kipnis on his way to the second All-Star berth of his career.

While one of the better second basemen in the MLB is under contract through the 2019 season, with a team option for 2020, the final three years of Kipnis’ deal are set to pay him eight figures, including more than $13 million in 2018 and $14 million in 2019 before the $16.5 million team option hits. If changes to spending from the front office do not change by then, those substantial sums could lead to some movement by the club with several players locked in on large deals for those years, and Mathias could become an interesting name to know. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 59: Carlos Carrasco

February 5, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 59 days

There once was a man that was a center piece of a trade, but he wasn’t the complete package type of player that you’d expect. Normally when making a trade you focus on either two things: major impact now or impact later. This guy more towards the impact later end of the spectrum, but even that came with question marks. This man had the potential to be something great, he was a second round draft pick, had a power arm, and was young enough to give the Indians major control going forward. The only issue was that this guy was injured. Shortly after the Indians acquired him, he inevitably went to the disabled list abyss and was never seen from again, aside from being shown in 17 games for Texas in 2014. That man of course is the one, the only, Jason Knapp!

Too bad Knapp wasn’t worth anything in the end, and to this day hasn’t been able to replicate what he was projected to become. There was some good that came out of the trade that brought the Indians Knapp. The good being, of course, goes by the name of Carlos Carrasco. Read More

“El Presidente” Latest to be Honored with a Hall of Fame Nod

February 4, 2016 |

It has been a good start to the year for former Cleveland Indians players being inducted into various Halls of Fame, even though none was selected for baseball’s top honor in Cooperstown as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2016

Dennis Martinez became the latest former Tribesman to earn an induction when it was announced on Tuesday that he was part of a six-member class heading into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June.

Martinez, a longtime member of the Montreal Expos, is joined by former Toronto pitcher Pat Hentgen, Canadian scout Wayne Norton, Toronto executive Howard Starkman, former Blue Jays analyst Tony Kubek, and the late William Shuttleworth, who is considered the “Father of Canadian Baseball”. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 60: Catching Up With Rod Allen

February 4, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 60 days

CLEVELAND INDIANS TRIVIA:

Q: Who was the first Cleveland Indian to wear #60 as a uniform number?

A: Rod Allen

If you’re not a Detroit Tigers fan and you don’t know who Rod Allen is, you definitely get a pass on that one. Allen is now a broadcaster in Detroit, but is also a former outfielder whose last Major League moments as a player came with the Indians in the fall of 1988. Allen’s five games with the Tribe, however, were five of just 31 total in his career. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 61: Catching Up With Jason Stanford

February 3, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 61 days

When thinking about “what might have been” among former Indians players, former left-handed pitcher Jason Stanford should always come to mind.

Stanford, who donned an Indians #61 jersey for all 23 games of his Major League career, overcame obstacles as a young player to make the Cleveland Indians starting rotation out of Spring Training in 2004, then had it ripped away along with the tendons in his elbow.

“It was the most frustrating thing that I’ve ever had to deal with in sports,” Stanford said of the injury that ultimately cut short his Major League career. “It was extremely tough.” Read More

Paulino Progresses in First Full Season in Outfield

February 2, 2016 |

Once a top prospect in the Cleveland Indians farm system, Dorssys Paulino finds himself entering one of the bigger seasons of his professional career as the calendar inches closer and closer to a return of baseball to fields near you.

Paulino signed with the Indians as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic at the age of 16 in 2011. At the time, it was a result of a $1.1 million investment into the international talent available. The depth in the Cleveland minor league system at shortstop was thin, leaving the club in a precarious position with Asdrubal Cabrera set to become a free agent after the 2014 season.

The team selected Francisco Lindor with the eighth pick in the 2011 draft, another shortstop by trade, and began using both Erik Gonzalez and Jose Ramirez more at the position in the minors in 2013 as the quality of the depth at the position began to strengthen. Paulino, however, had a difficult time making the adjustment to the professional game, showing good range and a strong arm, but struggling mightily with the glove. Read More