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Cleveland Indians: Time to Put Up or Shut Up for Manny Acta and the 2011 Tribe (3.28.11)

“The development was done last year… It’s time to play to win every day. That’s our mentality, and our expectations are that: building on the way we played in the second half of the season. We’re expecting to win.”

That quote from Indians manager Manny Acta, while a bit old (quoted in the New York Times on March 3), stands in stark contrast to the outlook of most Indians fans. Most of us are a jaded, bitter bunch expecting another flirtation with 100 losses.

Who can blame us? Our best players (Grady Sizemore, Travis Hafner, Asdrubal Cabrera) have struggled with injuries. Our pitching staff is filled with young, inexperienced arms. Looking around the league, you could fill an All-Star team with former Indians. Other than Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana, there are few obvious bright spots on the 2011 Cleveland Indians.

As long as the young players on the Tribe’s roster buy into Manny Acta’s high expectations, maybe the Tribe can surprise some people this year. Every year, one team seems to pop out of nowhere to impress (see the 2010 San Diego Padres, 2007 Colorado Rockies, etc). Why can’t it be Cleveland this year? Read More…

From Bleacher Report, March 28, 2011

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MLB Trade Speculation: 12 Players To Help the 2011 Cleveland Indians Contend (3.22.11)

Let’s take a trip through the looking glass and leave our cynicism behind.

Let’s pretend for a second that the Cleveland Indians are the San Diego Padres of 2010, contending in late July but starting to show signs of fading. What this miracle team needs is some new blood injected via trade.

It’s almost impossible to predict what teams will be struggling (thus wanting to move stars) this early in the spring, but it’s also a stretch to think the Tribe will be contending this year. So let’s use our imagination on both fronts and look at 12 players that could help a surprise Indians team make it to the playoffs and maybe even win the World Series. The year is still young; we can all have our wild dreams. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, March 22, 2011

 
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MLB Preview 2011: 5 Under-24 Minor Leaguers Who Can Help the Indians This Year (3.14.11)

For the past three years, Indians fans have been told over and over again that the team was rebuilding for the future. We said goodbye to CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez, Casey Blake, Jhonny Peralta and many others, all for players two or three years away from the big leagues.

I don’t need to say that the past three years have been rough for Tribe fans. We all know that.

The good news is that these young prospects are finally ready to contribute at the big league level. We’ve seen some of them already (Carlos Santana, Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley) make it to the majors. While they’ve had varying levels of success, their futures, at least for now, look bright.

The even more exciting part for Indians fans everywhere is the rest of the crop of young players on their way up. There is plenty of talent pushing through the farm system ready to burst onto the scene. Five of these players are under 24 and poised to contribute to the big league club in a big way this year. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, March 14, 2011

 
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MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Possible Locations for Travis Hafner To Land (3.7.11)

Ever since Travis Hafner’s power was sapped after the 2007 season, his contract has become more and more of a burden for the Cleveland Indians. $13 million for the 2004-2007 Hafner, who averaged 32 HR with a .410 OBP, a 156 OPS+, and a 4.5 WAR, isn’t bad. $13 million for the 2008-2010 Hafner, who averaged only 11 HR with a .353 OBP, a 114 OPS+, and a 1.0 WAR, is horrible. The Indians cannot begin to be able to pay Hafner’s salary for his current level of production.

That said, Travis Hafner is still not a bad player. With an OPS+ of 126 in the past two years, he’s still a good hitter, even if his elite power is gone. The only reason he doesn’t fit in Cleveland anymore is because they cannot afford to pay his contract. It is time for both Pronk and the Indians to move on. As such, here are 10 possible locations Travis Hafner could find himself in by the July 31 trading deadline.

Note: I don’t expect the Indians to get much in return for Hafner. Anything above a single-A prospect and/or a player to be named later would surprise me. I expect the Indians to try to convince the other team to pay the rest of Hafner’s contract, making it harder to get much in return. This won’t be a blockbuster trade; these trades will be more of an effort to clear the books than anything else. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, March 7, 2011

 
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MLB Preview 2011: Ranking the AL Central Division’s Starting Lineups (3.3.11)

After ranking the starting rotations of the AL Central, it only makes sense to move on to the starting lineups. There are many variables involved with ranking the starting lineups (Grady Sizemore’s health, Miguel Cabrera’s drinking, other weird progressions/regressions, etc.), but this is my best attempt at it.

With spring training under way, I hope you enjoy looking ahead to how the offenses in the AL Central rank. If you want to see my starting rotation list, click here. Together, they form a pretty decent AL Central preview. If you don’t want to see it, then don’t click on the link and just proceed with this slideshow. It’s that easy. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, March 3, 2011

 
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