July 24, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Waiver claim Sunday for the Browns

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Hey, the Browns were the talk of the NFL on a Sunday. It feels great, right? “The Browns were one of the busiest teams in the league on Sunday, claiming six players off of waivers, but they still lack a key piece for their special teams.” [Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk]

An enjoyable look back at all the former Browns who also were cut recently: “It’s always fun to take a brief look at former Browns players who were cut around the league. You may not recognize a lot of these names, as some of them only spent a couple of weeks during the offseason on the team, or maybe a year’s worth of training camp. These cuts include players from a week or two ago too.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]

You probably saw it already, but a tip of the cap to former Buckeye who retired this weekend: “Antoine Winfield couldn’t crack a deep Seattle Seahawks secondary. The veteran cornerback might have taken that as a sign to end his lengthy NFL career. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Saturday that Winfield, who reportedly was going to be among Seattle’s roster cuts, made the decision to retire from the league. Shortly thereafter, the Seahawks announced Winfield had been cut.” [Dan Hanzus/NFL.com]

Of course, with Corey Kluber on the DL, there has to be another Indians starter fan-love at this site. “hile it’s fair to say that almost all of Danny Salazar‘s pitches from his start today (Sunday) touched the author either on, or at least near, his heart, it’s also the case that — just as a flamboyant and bloodthirsty tyrant loves one pair of tasseled epaulettes more than all his others, and just how a parent always loves one particular child more than the rest of his or her other children — that the author wasn’t immune from making note of the relative charms of Salazar’s assorted offerings today.” [Carson Cistulli/FanGraphs]

Do the Indians still have a chance? “A series loss to the Tigers has essentially eliminated the Indians from the Central Division race. Here is some additional proof of this, after which, BurningRiverBaseball will never again mention the Indians and their attempt at the 2013 Central Division title. The Tigers will play the Red Sox next, then will not play another play-off contender for the rest of the season. They have nine more games with the Royals and besides those two teams, they will not play a team above .500.” [Joseph Coblitz/BurningRiverBaseball]

Looking at a surprising weakness of the Tribe: “And it’s a good thing they are missing so many bats, because they are getting no help from their defense. The glove woes begin in the outfield, where Bourn and Stubbs have failed to deliver on their defensive promise. After Bourn led all center fielders with 24 DRS in 2012, he has fallen off dramatically to just 2 DRS this season. Bourn’s previous success has been the product of his exceptional speed, and his defensive decline is not the only sign that he has lost a step.” [Scott Spratt/ESPN Insider]

A friend of the site writes on the Baseball Prospectus playoff odds: “There is still much to be decided in the standings as teams head to the finish line and the month of September is full of great matchups. This week alone we’ll see possible post-season match ups when the Red Sox take on the Tigers and the Rangers take on the Athletics. Two wild card contenders meet in Cleveland where the Indians will take on the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees have an opportunity to gain ground as they will take on the Boston Red Sox in a 4 game series.” [Steve Kinsella/Sports Talk Florida]

Finally, the good guys over at DidTheTribeWinLastNight introduced their new major project: A modern retelling of the magical 1948 Indians World Series season. Go click here and check it out.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If many of these waiver claims were meant to shore up special teams it’s only ironic that the same special teams is missing a kicker. Honestly I don’t get many of the moves especially at RB.