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2014 Offseason

Can Tomlin Return to Rotation?

October 12, 2013 | | One Comment

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

When the 2013 season started, Josh Tomlin had one goal: to make it back to the big leagues by the end of the season. Tomlin, a promising starter for the Indians throughout much of his professional career, had undergone Tommy John surgery on August 22, 2012, to repair an injured right elbow. He knew the rehabilitation process took a full calendar year, and set his sights on returning to the mound for the Indians as early as that exact date in 2013.

Tomlin spent much of the 2013 regular season pitching in Arizona, but returned to the Cleveland area in late July and early August. His first appearance in the Indians minor leagues came one August 1, when he pitched an inning of relief for the Low-A Lake County Captains. Tomlin threw eight pitches and did not allow any hits or runs throughout his outing. Despite only throwing eight pitches on the mound, Tomlin guessed he threw about 25 to 30 in the bullpen. He threw his typical repertoire of a curve ball, cutter, fastball, and change up. Read More

McAllister is Cleveland’s Mr. Consistency

October 11, 2013 | | One Comment

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

When it comes to Zach McAllister, the key word is “consistency.”

The Cleveland Indians can have a pretty good idea of what they are going to get each time the 25-year-old right hander takes the mound. McAllister is not someone who will overpower an opponent or typically even dominate anybody. However, he is rarely overmatched and will usually keep the Tribe in a game.

He is basically the quintessential No. 3 or 4 starter. He is not an ace, but is a pitcher who belongs in the starting rotation of any Major League squad.

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Will Cleveland Re-sign Scott Kazmir?

October 10, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Some gambles pay off.

The decision last winter by Chris Antonetti to sign Scott Kazmir turned out to be one such move. At the time, it was more of a head scratcher and was largely overlooked. Kazmir instead pitched like a player deserving of votes for Comeback Player of the Year.

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Can Kluber Repeat 2013 Performance?

October 9, 2013 | | One Comment

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

When training camp broke in April, Corey Kluber was not a part of the Cleveland Indians 25-man roster. By the end of the season, Kluber had proven to be one of the Tribe’s best starters. He has also now become one of the more promising young players on the team.

As a rookie in 2012, Kluber had his ups and downs. His final numbers were far from great as he was 2-5 with a 5.14 ERA in 12 starts. He showed just enough to make Cleveland management think he could have a decent future with the club. Read More

What Options Do the Indians Have with Jimenez?

October 8, 2013 | | 2 Comments

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Ubaldo Jimenez is living proof that organizational long-term plans can change quickly.

A year ago Jimenez was one of the worst pitchers in the American League, going 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA and league leading 16 wild pitches in 2012. The only discussion a year ago was if it was worth picking up Jimenez’s 2013 option, valued at just $5.75 million. With new manager Terry Francona and new pitching coach Mickey Callaway coming on board, the Indians decided to pick up Jimenez’s option for 2013. Considering the lack of starting pitching available at the top of the Indians’ minor league system, and the $5.75 million still being below market value for a free agent starting pitcher, the Tribe had little choice but to bring him back.

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Extending Masterson’s Contract Needs to be a Top Priority

October 7, 2013 | | One Comment

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

The 2013 Cleveland Indians certainly surprised a lot of people with their excellent starting pitching.  Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir enjoyed superb bounce-back seasons, while Danny Salazar, Zach McAllister and Corey Kluber all did a nice job of breaking out in their first year as a regular rotation member.  While the aforementioned quintet of starters was excellent, no pitcher was more important to the Indians than staff ace Justin Masterson.

Masterson was enjoying an excellent All-Star campaign before hitting the disabled list with an oblique injury on September 2 and then bounced back in time to help the Tribe out of the bullpen over the last week of the season.  The product of Beavercreek High School was outstanding as both a starter (14-10, 3.52) and in his late season role-change as a relief pitcher (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 9 K in four appearances including the Wild Card Game).  In addition to his good numbers came a knack for winning tight, important games, as Masty hurled three 1-0 victories this season as well.

At age 28, Masterson is in his prime years and entering his free agent season that should garner him a giant payday.  Masterson has been phenomenal over two of the past three seasons which should net him a lot of money at some point during the 2014 offseason.  Teams everywhere will covet the big right hander because durable, versatile, team-first, ace pitchers don’t just fall out of the sky that often.  Read More

Will the Francona Effect Continue Into 2014?

October 6, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

One of the Cleveland Indians’ best acquisitions for 2013 never once threw a ball, swung a bat, or wore a glove during a single at bat or out of a Major League Baseball game this season.

Rarely, when looking back at all of the offseason moves made by a ball club, is one transaction as significant and as influential as Terry Francona was on the 2013 Indians season.

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What Tribenomics Face Antonetti Heading into Winter?

October 5, 2013 | | 12 Comments

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, … Read More

How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

October 4, 2013 | | One Comment

Like many things, the Cleveland Indians season ended too soon.

After a wild ride that ended with a 10-game winning streak to complete the regular season, winning the first Wild Card spot and hosting the Tribe’s first playoff game in six years, Cleveland finished the season as Major League Baseball’s hottest team. However, Alex Cobb and the Tampa Bay Rays needed just one win to extinguish the energy and enthusiasm behind the Tribe. Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Tampa ended the Indians’ season while it was at its peak.

The Indians exceeded most projections for the 2013 season. After hiring new manager Terry Francona, the organization openly discussed and created a new culture. Francona spent last winter traveling to personally meet players and sell them on his ideas, while general manager Chris Antonetti reconstructed a roster that was embarrassingly short when it went 68-94 in 2012.

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