“There’s always next year.”
And now, it finally is next year. With 2014 comes a wave of resolutions, hope for the year to come, and, if all goes well, another play-off contending Cleveland Indians team.
At this time last year, the Indians were building a roster full of big names and high hopes. They were surpassing fans with the likes of Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, and names with potential like Trevor Bauer. Even if those attempts didn’t always play out on the field, the possibilities were still there for he 2013 Cleveland Indians.
After a hugely successful season in 2013 the Indians are losing two major pieces of their pitching staff. Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir combined for 23 wins and 356 strikeouts in the Indians rotation last season, and those are going to be tough numbers to replace. Though it may seem like a daunting task, it may not be as difficult as one may think. Through free agency, or internal options, the Indians will do all they can to fill those holes with the best possible option.
Free agents like Matt Garza are way out of the Indians price range, and pitchers that may be in that range may not be worth the roster spot, either due to an injury laden background, or poor current performances. The possible lack of activity on the free agent market may not be a failure for the Indians; they have several pitchers already in the fold that could step into those rotation spots and find success. The Tribe could find a future star or at least a couple solid Major League starters right in their own back yard. Looking at the young talent that could win a rotation role in 2014, four names came right to the top.
The Indians are officially entering the off-season today. The World Series is over. It’s expected Ubaldo Jimenez will turn down their qualifying offer and General Manager Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona will embark on trying to construct a 2014 Cleveland Indians with the expectation to win now, but opportunity to win in the future also.
It’s not real easy when you don’t have an infinite budget and your minor league system is still in the bottom third of Major League organizations.
Thus, the Indians have relied heavily on trades. It hasn’t been their only means of improving the team, but since they are never favorites on the free agent market, trades are a viable necessity for Cleveland.
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?
Not all of the 2013 Cleveland Indians storylines are ones of smiles and overachievements. For one particular starting pitching prospect, 2013 will go down as a frustratingly lost season.
Bauer’s former team—the Arizona Diamondbacks—were among those people.
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, …
September call-ups are a time for young players to prove their worth at a major league level following the end of their minor league seasons. Guys who have been promising prospects all year are given a chance to truly integrate themselves into the system for which they have been playing.
With the Indians slew of September call-ups focusing on much-needed pitching help, one name is decidedly absent from the list of additions: Trevor Bauer.
During the off-season and heading into the 2013 season, Bauer’s name was one that was tossed around as a difference maker in the Indians organization. He was touted as one of the most promising pitching prospects, only in need of some fine tuning and adjustment to the big league lifestyle.
When the Indians traded for Ubaldo Jimenez in July 2011, the hope was that they were acquiring a struggling ace pitcher who could be fixed and reassert himself to the top of the rotation.
Last December when the Indians orchestrated a three-team deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds they acquired Trevor Bauer with much of the same intentions as they had for Jimenez two years ago. Immediately there were stories that the Diamondbacks wanted rid of Bauer and that they had quickly grown tired of his warm up routines and trying to work on his own plan. Rich with young pitching in their minor league system, the Diamondbacks felt he was expendable.
Friday night’s doubleheader sweep by the Cleveland Indians over the host Chicago White Sox proved a lot of things about the Indians ballclub.
Along with the never-say-die attitude, the heart, and the resiliency that they showed over the course of 18 grueling innings, a rain delay, and nearly eight hours of game action, two young pitchers also showed that they are not quite ready for the big league stage.
On a day that started out so wonderfully for Chicago sports fans, it turned extremely sour as the Indians walloped the White Sox by a score of 19-10.
The city of Chicago spent Friday afternoon celebrating an NHL championship, as the parade for the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks rolled through downtown. The fun continued at the start of the White Sox and Indians game, as the White Sox used a five run first inning off of Tribe pitcher Trevor Bauer to jump out to a big early advantage.
The Indians booming bats made sure that their fun ended shortly after that.
A lengthy rain delay in their finale with the Orioles prolonged the Cleveland Indians’ stay in Baltimore into the midnight hour, prior to departing for four games in three days in Chicago against the southside White Sox.
The Indians (40-38) have not lost a series since ending their eight-game losing skid to begin June. In their last five series, the club has won four three-game series and split on a four-game set during the week with the O’s. Capitalizing on a recent three-game losing streak by the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland has pulled within two and a half games of the lead in the American League Central.
The White Sox (32-43) enter the weekend series with Cleveland nine games behind front-running Detroit for the divisional lead and nine and a half games out of the wild card race in the AL. Reports Thursday evening indicated the club has made all players, with the exception of starting pitcher Chris Sale and first baseman Paul Konerko, available for trade and that several players have already been discussed.
No brooms were needed at Progressive Field after 18 innings on Monday afternoon.
Despite a 1-0 win in the first game, the Tribe could not muster any offense in the second game and New York took the second game 7-0. Trevor Bauer battled the Yankees into the seventh inning—in what might be his best start with the Tribe—but the bullpen, poor defense and a quiet offense was too much to overcome.
Plenty has changed for the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians since the two teams were rained out of half of their series in early April to open the home season at Progressive Field. They return to Cleveland Monday to squeeze in a traditional doubleheader as their respective division leaders.
The Yankees (23-13) have won five straight games and have sole possession of the AL East by one full game. They came to Cleveland the first time at 2-4 and scuffling. They left town after pummeling the Indians pitching staff for 25 runs in two games before Mother Nature called mercy on the home town crowd.
The Indians (20-15) return home for a one-day layover after taking two of three from the division-leading Detroit Tigers and pulling into a tie for the top spot in the AL Central. They have won four consecutive series after splitting four with the Royals and a pair with the White Sox. The offense has come to life since they scored seven runs against the Yankees in their two defeats to them over a month ago.