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Derek Lowe Traded: Why the Cleveland Indians Made a Great Deal (10.31.11)

The Cleveland Indians may not have hit a home run today by acquiring pitcher Derek Lowe from the Atlanta Braves, as reported from MLB Trade Rumors and John Kreger, but I think they at least squeaked out a double.

Obviously, Lowe’s 9-17 record and 5.05 ERA (75 ERA+) in 2011 paints a pretty negative picture of the 38-year-old pitcher. There is cause for optimism, though. Lowe is a good pitcher that has been a key member of a World Series winner. He’ll bring some needed experience to a still young Tribe team.

Another plus is that, according to Buster Olney, the Braves will be paying $10 million of the $15 million Lowe is owed in 2012. Considering that the Indians are scheduled to pay Fausto Carmona $7 million for similar 2011 stats (7-15 record, 5.25 ERA), this seems like a good salary for the Tribe. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, October 31, 2011

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Grady Sizemore Option Declined: 5 Reasons Why Cleveland Indians Might Regret It (10.30.11)

The Cleveland Indians plan on declining Grady Sizemore‘s option. In the long term, they may regret it. Sure, this hasn’t been the Grady of old. In his first year back from microfracture surgery, Sizemore struggled to a .224/.285/.422 slash line and .302 wOBA in only 71 games. He’s had five surgeries in the last three years.

Yet, I think the Indians should’ve picked up his option. It would’ve been a considerable risk, but life without Sizemore worries me even more. This could be a move that comes back to haunt the Indians.  Read More…

From Bleacher Report, October 30, 2011

 
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MLB Free Agency 2012: Cleveland Indians and Carlos Pena Should Make a Deal (10.26.11)

Carlos Pena would be a massive upgrade at first base for the 2012 Cleveland Indians, and the Tribe would be well served to do everything in their power to bring him to Cleveland.

Unfortunately for the Indians and their fans, it is unlikely that Albert Pujols, Prince FielderKevin YoukilisJoey Votto or any other big name first baseman will sign or be traded to Cleveland. Carlos Pena, however, isn’t on their level.

After 28 HR, 80 RBI and posting a .357 OBP, .462 SLG, .819 OPS (123 OPS+), .354 wOBA and 2.6 fWAR in 2011, one would think people would be more than happy to sign Carlos Pena. When it comes attached to a .216 batting average from 2009-2011, teams tend to shy away.

Considering the lack of production the Indians have gotten out of the first base position, those numbers aren’t all that bad. Pena has hit 95 home runs over the past three seasons, 61 more than the Tribe’s primary first basemen over that span (LaPorta in 2011 and 2010, Garko in 2009).

Despite Pena’s production, he only was given a one year, $10 million contract by the Chicago Cubs before last season. In MLB Trade Rumors’ first base free agency preview, they said that Pena would likely be limited to a one-year deal thanks to his low batting average. Common wisdom is there is no such thing as a bad one-year deal and the Indians wouldn’t be risking much signing Pena to another $10 million contract. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, October 26, 2011

 
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MLB Free Agency 2012: Will the Cleveland Indians Sign C.J. Wilson? (10.19.11)

If the Cleveland Indians are serious about contending in 2012 and have a hole in the rotation, it makes sense that they should make a run at C.J. Wilson, the best available pitcher (except for CC Sabathia) on the market, right?

If only it were that simple.

Before even analyzing the likelihood that the Tribe’s front office would consider signing a player like Wilson, let’s see if C.J. Wilson is even a desirable player for the Indians to have. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, October 19, 2011

 
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MLB Trade Rumors: Could Joey Votto Be Traded to the Cleveland Indians? (10.12.11)

Despite Cincinnati Reds GM Walt Jocketty saying the team is not trading Joey Votto, there are many reasons to think that he is lying. As Buster Olney wrote in his ESPN Insider blog, with top prospect Yonder Alonso ready for the bigs (.330/.398/.545 slash line, 5 HR, 15 RBI and a .943 OPS (154 OPS+) in 98 major league PA) and only able to play first base, the Reds will have to move one or the other.

Deciding between Votto and Alonso should come down to a simple question: Who’s cheaper? The Reds aren’t exactly a big-market team, so the fact that Votto will be a free agent after the 2013 season should mean Votto is out.

The Reds could choose to trade Alonso instead, but that would be sacrificing a ton of team control and still risk losing Votto in two years. That scenario makes even less sense than trading the 2010 NL MVP.

In his Insider blog, Olney says that the Reds “could get two or three really good prospects” for Votto. The Indians don’t have the deepest of farm systems, but there’s plenty that could interest the other Ohio team. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, October 12, 2011

 
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Cleveland Indians: Projecting the 2012 Opening Day Roster, October Edition (10.10.11)

With the Cleveland Indians sitting at home again in October, all thought has turned to who will make the roster for the 2012 season. It’s still early, but things will start to take shape over the next months.

Once a month this offseason, in order to pass the long, dreary five months until spring training, I’m going to project the Opening Day roster the Tribe will roll out in 2012. This will obviously involve a ton of guesswork, but subtle things will change from month to month. Aside from free agency, trades and options being picked up or declined, news about whose injuries are or aren’t recovering impact what the team will look like next season.

This article will mostly deal with who will and won’t be back/starting next year, since it’s far too early to tell what the Indians will do in free agency and trades. I will hint toward what I think they might do on some slides, however.

(And note, this slideshow is shortened as much as possible, the opposite of what I did with my end-of-the-season rankings. I promise this one will be far less to digest.) Read More…

From Bleacher Report, October 10, 2011

 
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MLB Trade Speculation: Cleveland Indians Should Go After Kevin Youkilis (10.4.11)

If the Cleveland Indians are serious about contending in 2012, I think that they should seriously go after Kevin Youkilis.

There aren’t many things about the Tribe’s 2012 lineup they can upgrade. The outfield is pretty well set with Michael Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore (yes, I think they should pick up his team option for next year) and Travis Hafner, Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall seem like virtual locks to be starting at DH, catcher, second base, shortstop and third base, respectively.

With the other eight positions seeming locked in for 2012, first base is the only place the Indians can improve their lineup. And improve they must. As 2011 wore on, the offense bottomed out and arguably was the biggest contribution to the Tribe’s fade.

Some players like Choo, Sizemore and Hafner could easily rebound in 2012, but the Indians are going to need real production from first base if they really want to contend. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, October 4, 2011

 
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