The Window Is Wide Open… Don’t Fall Out: 2015 Indians Preview

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Rebuilding a baseball team takes exactly six years – or at least that’s how the Cleveland Indians’ meticulous approach has generally unfolded since the Hank Peters era. The Joe Carter trade in 1989 eventually begat the 1995 AL Champs. The blowing up of that dynasty after the 2001 season built the foundation for the 2007


I will never complain about a Corey Kluber extension

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This is me talking to myself. I have to talk to myself sometimes when it comes to sports because otherwise you forget about foresight and only look at hindsight and then you hate yourself for being so stupid and not being able to see the future. That’s why I treat myself so harshly with regard to


On the Cleveland Indians and their “stroke of genius”

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In a piece recently published at FOX Sports’ Just a Bit Outside, Chris Antonetti and the Cleveland Indians were the subjects of considerate praise thanks to the development and downright stardom exhibited by three of 2014’s biggest contributors: left fielder Michael Brantley, Cy Young pitcher Corey Kluber and catcher Yan Gomes. While Kluber has some new hardware for his mantle


Players by Trade

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Winter in Cleveland is not conducive to baseball. The unforgiving cold and unwieldy snow serve as a better backdrop to hockey or frostbite. While we shovel the driveway, Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro are working the phones to try and find the right players to boost the Cleveland Indians’ chances in a strong Central Division


Can Gavin Floyd be the 2015 Scott Kazmir?

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When Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti and his team set off for San Diego and the Winter Meetings last week, there were two things at the top of their wish list: Adding a middle-of-the-order bat and improving the pitching staff. Earlier this month, they were able to cross the first item off with the acquisition of


Indians sign Gavin Floyd to bolster rotation

Gavin Floyd

The Indians front office knew they had to improve the starting rotation this off-season. To do so, they have signed right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $4 million deal. Floyd can receive an additional $6 million if he reaches certain performance bonuses throughout the season if he reaches a certain number of starts and


Brandon Moss: Fits like a glove

Brandon Moss

So, you all wanted more power in the lineup? Well now you’ve got it. The Cleveland Indians shipped a prospect out and brought in an All-Star. Nice to be on the other side of things for once, isn’t it? Brandon Moss, a 31-year old power hitter with two years left of team control, is your new


Indians and As expected to make a deal Friday

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While unwilling to trade for one of the best third basemen in the game of baseball, could Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti have something else up his sleeve when it comes to a deal with the Oakland Athletics? The Indians have been recently linked to As infielder Brandon Moss, with deal that could reportedly


Cy Kluber and the Trades That Built the Tribe

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In the seven o’clock hour Wednesday night, Cleveland’s own Corey Kluber, the out-of-nowhere ace of the Indians, was named the AL Cy Young Award winner. Kluber’s 2014 season was legendary and the best part of it was almost nobody saw it coming. As his teammates will all tell you, nobody works harder and deserves this


Justin Upton won’t be traded to the Indians

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If you Tribe fans ever dreamed of having Justin Upton on the Cleveland Indians, it’s time to hit the snooze button and dream of someone else. Justin Upton has apparently decided pre-emptively, via his no-trade clause, that he really doesn’t want to be traded to the North Coast to play for the Cleveland Indians. He


Should Chris Antonetti go? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivers, plus Deafheaven! While We’re Waiting…


Good morning everyone! It’s a Friday before a Browns bye week Sunday, so let’s make that old joke that’s nearly as old as quoting “so-and-so player is on pace for…” jokes on the first day of the season. The best thing about the NFL this week is that the Browns can’t possibly find a way


Now and Later: Sorting out the Indians’ options at the plate

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Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn, and Jason Giambi—four players who were all significant contributors on a 92-win playoff team last year that featured just twelve hitters1. This season, all four have spent time on the disabled list, and three of them have missed significant action2. So just how are the Cleveland Indians still standing and in the AL Wild


Cut by the Tribe, Aaron Harang is dominating for Atlanta

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Remember Aaron Harang? One of the journeymen starters the Tribe signed to a minor league deal this spring? After being told he would not start the season in the majors with Cleveland, Harang signed with Atlanta, jumping at a chance to round out a big league rotation. Not only has Harang filled out he Braves’


Behold: Nyjer Morgan 2.0

In the fickle world where professional baseball players trade, Nyjer Morgan has everything going against him. He’s 33 years old. He’s on a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, getting his opportunity thanks to a minor league deal, ultimately obtaining a spot on the big league roster solely due to an injury to the team’s every day


Compare and contrast: Tribe today and 365 days ago

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We are getting close! I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited for Indians baseball to begin. The pieces are starting to come together. On Wednesday, the final 25-man roster was revealed. There weren’t many surprises, but there has been some small but important tinkering. When you compare this club to the one


Vinnie Pestano and Elliot Johnson make Tribe’s 25-man roster


Vinnie Pestano may have spent last fall as an outsider looking in, but he will get a chance at redemption this summer as the right-handed reliever has officially made the Cleveland Indians’ 25-man roster. Pestano was told this weekend that he will be one of the arms in the Tribe’s bullpen on Opening Day—a spot


Tribe could be headed to arbitration with Masterson

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The Cleveland Indians’ arbitration-free run could soon be over. Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti believes that the team, who has managed to avoid arbitration hearings every offseason since 1991, believes it will have at least one arbitration hearing this year. This news comes in the wake of the Indians and starting pitcher Justin Masterson filing


While We’re Waiting… Mike Brown leads Cavs turnaround

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While We’re Waiting is a space on the WaitingForNextYear website where we share links every day. We’ve been doing it for about four years or so. Denny Mayo used to be much more amusing with his intros, if you recall. You know the drill: Email us with suggestions at Brown deserves credit for the hot stretch:


Outman in — Tribe bullpen takes shape before calendar turns

Josh Outman

It is not sexy. It is not a needle moving addition. But the Indians got better yesterday. A surplus of right field options has spawned a plugging of another hole. A bullpen gutted by free agent turnover looks as though it has been completely remade.  But will this group come together and be as good