Terry Francona focused on improving abysmal Indians defense

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The Cleveland Indians defense in 2014 was unacceptable. Pick any metric—advanced or arcane—and the Tribe, a season ago, may as well have had cinderblocks bound to their cleats and their gloves on the opposite hands. Considering that their poor defense was addressed ad nauseum throughout the entire season, and more so when the AL Central was

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The 2015 Cleveland Indians ZiPS projections have arrived

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We’re a few days late on this, but given all of the Tribe talk today, I’m reminded that the ZiPS projections, courtesy of Dan Szymborski over at Baseball Think Factory, for the 2015 Cleveland Indians. With a few key players coming off of disappointing seasons, some other players exceeding expectations, and a few new acquisitions to

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Indians showing interest in outfielder Nolan Reimold

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The Cleveland Indians have a pretty crowded outfield picture entering the 2015 season. But rumors circulated at the end of last week about their interest in yet another guy to add to the organizational depth. MASN’s Rich Kubatko tweeted on Friday that Cleveland is interested in signing free agent outfielder Nolan Reimold, the former long-time

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Could Joba Chamberlain be a fit for the Indians bullpen?

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Last week, rumors circulated that the Indians were still interested in adding one more legitimate late-inning reliever to their bullpen. The options are winding down, so one particular name caught my eye over the weekend. ESPN’s Jim Bowden — yes, that same Jim Bowden who imploded during the trade deadline season — wrote an article

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Chad Ford, Tribe Fest and adidas Ultra Boost: While We’re Waiting…

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Happy Monday, you guys. Cavs have won six in a row, the Indians start Spring Training soon, the Ohio State Buckeyes just filled The Shoe for the final time until this fall, and the Cleveland Browns…Well, yeah—we’ll have more on this later today. But While We’re Waiting… If you’re one of those Radio Silent types

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Statues, bobbleheads and jerseys galore: Indians release 2015 promotional schedule

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With Opening Day less than 80 days away, the Cleveland Indians have outfitted fans with a wish list of sorts thanks to the release of their 2015 Promotional Schedule. This year will feature 18 different promotional items including five replica jerseys, four bobbleheads and a Larry Doby replica statue. In addition to celebrating the current

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Indians bolster Progressive Field concessions with Melt, Barrio, and Sweet Moses

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The Indians’ win total could very well expand this season. Fans at Progressive Field may see their waistlines do the same. The team announced Wednesday that it is introducing new food options at the ballpark this year, headlined by the additions of local establishments Melt Bar and Grilled, Barrio, and Sweet Moses. All three will be located in

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Max Scherzer leaves the AL Central, signs seven-year deal with Washington

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Addition by subtraction? Early Monday morning, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman broke the news that the Washington Nationals and free agent right-hander Max Scherzer have agreed to a seven-year contract meaning that the long-time dominant starter for the Detroit Tigers will no longer be plaguing the Cleveland Indians multiple times per season. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal added that

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Cleveland Indians reportedly in market for upgrade at closer

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Earlier on Friday, the Cleveland Indians reached agreements with their three final arbitration-eligible players. Everyone on the roster was now signed for the 2015 season. It seemed the team would be mostly done with any other acquisitions besides the usual spring training invites. But alas, Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi reported on Friday afternoon that the

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Indians avoid arbitration with Carrasco, Rzepczynski and Chisenhall

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The Cleveland Indians have a pretty good track record of avoiding arbitration and coming to agreements. They won’t have any problem continuing that reputation as they’ve reportedly come to deals with Marc Rzepczynski, Carlos Carrasco and Lonnie Chisenhall for one-year deals. .@Indians, LHP Marc Rzepczynski ($2.4M) and RHP Carlos Carrasco ($2.3M) avoid arbitration with 1-year

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Francisco Lindor tops Baseball Prospectus’ Tribe top prospect list

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It’s old hat at this point, but glove-flashing shortstop Francisco Lindor once again tops Baseball Prospectus’ list of Cleveland Indians top prospects. While it feels like Lindor has been in the Tribe’s farm system forever, he just recently celebrated his 21st birthday, having spent all of 2014 playing at a high level in Triple-A despite being one

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Cleveland Indians pitching rotation ranked tenth best

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Buster Olney of ESPN is ranking MLB starting rotations as we get closer and closer to pitchers and catchers reporting. The Cleveland Indians staff was really strong in the second half of last season, obviously led by eventual Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. That means that the Tribe’s rotation is decent no matter what, but

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Mark Shapiro: “We’re somewhat limited financially”

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Cleveland Indians fans looking for a right-handed bat or an upgrade at third base may be waiting for at least another year as the front office appears to be done making any substantial moves. In an interview with 1100AM/WTAM’s Mike Trivisonno, Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro stated that he’s a fan of the team as

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Cleveland Indians marketing, Browns changes and more – WFNY Podcast – 2015-01-10

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Dave and Craig talked about a lot of things involving Cleveland sports and video games. It was the first time that Dave and I have ever sat down and podcasted together in person. Hope you enjoy. Shanahan gone Cavs transition Kevin Love Indians attendance woes We didn’t talk about Brian Spaeth LAN parties and playing

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Former Indian John McDonald is retiring from baseball

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Baseball is a sport where you sometimes remember utility players fondly. It happens in other sports too, but in baseball a guy like John McDonald can stick around for more than a decade. John McDonald is sticking around no more as he’s set to retire after 16 years in the majors. Congrats to John McDonald on

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Paul Hoynes wrote weird words about his forgotten Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

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There are so many things weird about the latest column from Paul Hoynes on Tuesday night. Shall we count them off? 1) Paul Hoynes, long-time beat writer of the Cleveland Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal and The Plain Dealer and now the Northeast Ohio Media Group (NEOMG), forgot to vote for the Baseball Hall

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Indians hire Jason Bere to replace Kevin Cash

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When Kevin Cash was hired by the Tampa Bay Rays to be manager, it left a hole on the Indians’ staff. The team announced that they’ve hired Jason Bere as bullpen coach. Bere, 43, has been a Special Assistant to the Baseball Operations Department since retiring as a player in 2005. In that role Jason

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Andrew Wiggins, underappreciated Cleveland stars and Cavs Vines: While We’re Waiting…

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Last week, I shared five different top-five lists as a way to ring out 2014. I wrote that post not knowing if I’d do another While We’re Waiting this year since I usually take Thursdays and Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are Thursdays this year. But looky here, I’m back! I’m subbing for TD

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The Emergence of an Ace — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 4

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If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last

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