Category Archives: I. August 2011

Lance Berkman Trade Rumors: Should the Cleveland Indians Make a Play for Him? (8.30.11)

With the news that Lance Berkman has cleared waivers and that Matt LaPorta has been sent down to AAA Columbus, it stands to reason that the Cleveland Indians and Berkman could be a good match.

Lance Berkman is currently enjoying a revival this year. After a less than stellar .248/.368/.413 slash line, 14 HR, 58 RBI and a 2.1 WAR in 2010, Berkman has found the fountain of youth in St. Louis. In posting a .289/.405/.570 slash line, 30 HR, 73 RBI and a 3.9 WAR in 2011, Berkman has reestablished himself as one of the premiere hitters in the majors.

Knowing that fact, it is shocking that he cleared waivers. There are numerous teams out there that could use a power bat (especially the Rangers), but he’s out there for everyone now. Even more surprising, Berkman is currently projecting as a Type A-free agent.

If the Indians acquired Berkman, they’d not only add some much needed power to their lineup, but they’d also get extra draft picks in next year’s draft to continue the rebuilding of the farm system. Also considering that Berkman’s owed just north of $1 million for the rest of the season, he’d be a great addition to a Tribe team straddling the line between competing and rebuilding. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, August 30, 2011

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Cleveland Indians: Time To Turn off the Ubaldo Jimenez Panic (8.27.11)

As it turns out, rumors of Ubaldo Jimenez’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Coming off one of the worst starts of his young Indians career, Jimenez absolutely destroyed the Kansas City Royals Friday night, going seven innings of one-run ball, striking out 10 while only allowing seven hits and one walk.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the ace we were trying to acquire.

Truth is, there’s nothing wrong with Jimenez. Everyone’s been far too quick to write off this trade and assume that Cleveland has found a way to screw it all up again. While Tribe fans can be forgiven for jumping to that conclusion (that has happened way more often than it should), it’s time to put it to rest. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, August 27, 2011

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MLB Trade Speculation: Should the Cleveland Indians Put a Claim on John Danks? (8.25.11)

According to Danny Knobler of, the Chicago White Sox put John Danks (among others) on waivers. While this may not mean that the White Sox are legitimately interested in trading Danks, the act of putting him on waivers means they are at least looking into it.

On Tuesday, I posted an article outlining 10 starting pitchers the Cleveland Indianscould look into adding. I didn’t include Danks because he wasn’t on waivers at the time.

Most of the options in the article weren’t very good, but there were a few gems (Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Capuano, Tom Gorzelanny). With Rodriguez staying in Houston, Danks becomes the best option out there. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, August 25, 2011

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MLB Trade Speculation: 10 Waiver-Wire Pitchers Cleveland Indians Could Target (8.23.11)

With the passing of the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline, teams like the Cleveland Indians with holes to fill must jump through extra hoops to improve. Since most players would never pass through waivers, the pickings are typically pretty slim by this time of year.

Despite being swept by the Detroit Tigers over the weekend, I still think the Indians are contenders. The Tigers may own a 69-58 record, but their run differential is only +4 and their Pythagorean W-L is 64-63. Detroit’s lucky to be 11 games over .500 and could easily come crashing back down to mediocrity.

The Indians are much closer to where they should be (62-62 record, 62-62 Pythagorean W-L), but they still need a boost. I really do feel like the Ubaldo Jimenez trade will work out in the end, but they still need another starter. David Huff isn’t a terrible option as a fifth starter, but he shouldn’t be counted on for much more.

A starting rotation of Jimenez, Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin and Fausto Carmona is a good base, but it could really use something more. I’d love to see the Indians get a third starter to fill the hole between Masterson and Tomlin. Luckily for us, there are 10 options out there right now we can look into. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, August 23, 2011

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MLB Power Rankings: Ranking the Cleveland Indians Roster for the Stretch Run (8.15.11)

As the Cleveland Indians prepare for the stretch run of the season, they find themselves remarkably well off. They are the only team in the AL Central with a positive run differential and have somehow kept the Detroit Tigers within reach. The final month-and-a-half of the season promises to be competitive and tight.

I’ve done this three other times this year (before the seasonafter 40 games and at the All-Star break), but the time has come again to rank the 25 players on the Indians active roster. As always, this means that players on the DL (Carlos Carrasco, Grady Sizemore, etc.) aren’t ranked. Here are the notable players not ranked:

Grady Sizemore (previously ranked: NR/NR/ninth)

Carlos Carrasco (19th/23rd/13th)

Austin Kearns (14th/21st/16th)

Orlando Cabrera (6th/12th/19th)

Shelley Duncan (13th/22nd/21st)

Travis Buck (22nd/17th/22nd)

Luis Valbuena (NR/NR/23rd)

Mitch Talbot (24th/NR/24th)

Alright, let’s get on with it. Here is the Cleveland Indians roster ranked from 25th to first for the stretch run: Read More…

From Bleacher Report, August 15, 2011

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Ubaldo Jimenez Trade: Maybe Alex White Was the Real Injury Risk After All (8.10.11)

When the Cleveland Indians acquired Ubaldo Jimenez from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for four prospects (Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, Matt McBride and Joe Gardner), it was widely assumed that the Indians were inheriting the lion’s share of the risk.

Many questions quickly emerged. What happened to Jimenez’s velocity? How much are his early-season injuries still affecting him? Is he bound to break down?

Many people seem to be missing that Alex White should be regarded as the true injury risk of this trade.

I don’t know how this has been overlooked. At the time of the trade, White had been on the DL for nearly 10 weeks and was about to make his first rehab appearance. Just three starts into his major league career, White was already forced to shut it down due to injury. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, August 10, 2011

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MLB Trade Deadline 2011: A Report Card for the Three Cleveland Indians Trades (8.1.11)

In acquiring Ubaldo Jimenez, the Cleveland Indians absolutely proved me wrong. I wrote last week that the Indians wouldn’t make a big deadline deal, which, of course, turned out not to be true at all.

In addition to the Jimenez trade, the Indians also made two other more minor deals, making them one of the more active teams at the trading deadline.

With only waiver trades left to improve rosters, the Cleveland Indians roster, for better or for worse, is set in stone for the rest of 2011. As such, let’s give out some grades for what the Tribe did at the deadline. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, August 1, 2011

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