Posted on March 27, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Draft Them Then Trade Them – These players start out quickly, then slow down during the season. These are the players to “sell high”. (more…)
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Posted on February 19, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino continues his trek through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
Now, in part three of six, he brings you the American League Central:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: National League East. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Avisail Garcia, Brent Morel, Brett Myers, Bubba Starling, Chicago White Sox, Chris Parmelee, Cleveland Indians, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Detroit Tigers, Endy Chavez, Hector Santiago, Jeff Clement, Jeremy Guthrie, Justin Masterson, Justin Morneau, Kansas City Royals, Kenny Faulk, Luke Hochevar, Max Scherzer, Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins, Octavio Dotel, Rick Porcello, Ron Gardenhire, Salvador Perez, Scott Kazmir, Trayce Thompson, Trevor Bauer, Tyler Flowers | 3 Comments »
Posted on March 16, 2012 by yortko
Well after a few days of watching some Spring Training baseball, I’m back to preview the 2nd place finishers in the American League Central…the Cleveland Indians. Like I’ve said all along in my Central division previews, it’s going to be a crap shoot for the final four spots in the division behind the Detroit Tigers.
The Indians seem like they are the most suited to finish higher than Kansas City, Minnesota and Chicago. They had a busy off season, only loosing a couple guys but adding quite a few. Cleveland has a pretty decent lineup with the likes of Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo and a few others. Their pitching rotation isn’t great but its not bad which includes Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson and Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona). Cleveland is a low budget team who is trying to be competitive, like the Twins or White Sox, and if things work out they should be competitive for years to come. I believe the Cleveland Indians will finish the 2012 MLB season with a record of 82W-80L.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy | Tagged: Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians, Justin Masterson, mlb, Shin-Soo Choo, Spring Training | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 21, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
For the first half of the season last year, the Indians were looking pretty good. They were sitting at the top of the division and playing well. Things started to spiral down hill though in late May, in large part due to injuries. They acquired Ubaldo Jimenez in the middle of the season but he turned out to really disappoint and the second half of the season did not go well for him or the club. There were some positives to take out of the season though as Justin Masterson really emerged and the rest of the performed pretty well. Asdrubal Cabrera also really stepped up and was one of the top offensive shortstops in the league.
This offseason the Indians have made some nice moves to improve their team. They resigned Grady Sizemore for a relatively low risk, one year deal at $5MM and that could work out well, especially if Sizemore is healthy. They also acquired pitcher Derek Lowe from the Indians toward the end of October.
In December the club signed Felix Pie to a minor league deal with a spring training invite and he could be a useful piece. They just recently signed Ryan Spilborghs to a minor league contract with a spring training invite and he could be a nice outfielder off of the bench. Yesterday the Indians acquired Kevin Slowey from the Rockies who will provide some nice pitching depth. While those acquisitions are not huge, I think they bolster a team that has potential in 2012.
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Posted on October 31, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Atlanta Braves have just sent starting pitcher Derek Lowe to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a low minors left-handed pitcher according to reports. The Braves will eat all but $5M of Lowe’s salary in this trade.
The Braves have had a busy day declining the option on Nate McLouth and exercising the option on Eric Hinske while trading Lowe in exchange for salary relief and Chris Jones, according to Buster Olney. Jones is a 23 year old left-handed reliever from my hometown of Tampa.
The Indians have also had a busy day declining the option on fan favorite Grady Sizemore while picking up the option on Fausto Carmona while adding Lowe at a discounted rate.
This move gives the Indians three of the top eight groundball pitchers from 2011. Lowe ranked 2nd with a 59% rate, Justin Masterson ranked 7th with 55.1% groundballs, and Carmona was 8th with 54.8% groundballs. Ubaldo Jimenez owns a career groundball rate of 50.3%. Fifth starter, Josh Tomlin, is a polar opposite with only a 35% groundball rate in his young career.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Atlanta Braves, Chris Jones, Cleveland Indians, Derek Lowe, Fausto Carmona, Grady Sizemore, Justin Masterson, Trades, Ubaldo Jimenez | 3 Comments »