July 28, 2014

Yankees 5, Indians 4: Homers and blown chances cost Tribe a W

Jacoby Ellsbury

When you jump out ahead with three first inning runs in your home park, you are supposed to win. When your bullpen delivers seven straight scoreless innings, you are supposed to win. When you load the bases on three straight one out walks in the 10th inning, you are supposed to win. Well, that’s why you play out the full game….

The Indians had several opportunities to put away the New York Yankees Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, but could never seal the deal. The Bronx Bombers could do nothing once Josh Tomlin was lifted after seven innings, but then again neither could the Tribe. Something was going to eventually have to give. It did, but unfortunately it was the Wahoos that blinked first. [Read more...]

The requisite Jacoby Ellsbury and Michael Bourn contract comparison

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The Internet was buzzing yesterday with news of the latest baseball mega-deal: Centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury agreed to a seven-year $153 million deal with the New York Yankees.

The numbers are staggering. The contract is among the largest of all time. Ellsbury, who just completed his age-30 season, bears some resemblance to a speedy outfielder that the Indians signed last offseason: Michael Bourn. Yet the two contracts couldn’t be any more different. [Read more...]

MLB: Shin-Soo Choo and his agent eye Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford deals

People in Cleveland loved Shin-Soo Choo, yet had very little issue with him being traded to the Cincinnati Reds during last off-season. Most of the reason that Indians fans were alright with the deal is due to Choo’s free agency which is happening right now.

According to Jon Heyman, Choo’s expectations for his next contract are all of what Scott Boras can dream up and then some in terms of dollar signs.

That person didn’t specify which rumors he was referring to, but word is out Choo and agent Scott Boras have previous deals for Jayson Werth ($126 million, seven years) and Carl Crawford ($142 million, seven years) in mind while gauging teams’ interest in Choo and Ellsbury.

Whether or not those gaudy numbers ever come to pass remains to be seen, but Craig Calcaterra of HardballTalk astutely points out that “we live in a world where Hunter Pence just got $90 million.”

You will remember that by the time the dust settled on the Choo trade, the Indians got Drew Stubbs, Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw in exchange for Choo, Jason Donald, $3.5 million, Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson.

As you watch the ping pong balls flutter about on Shin-Soo Choo’s lottery ticket chances, keep in mind that we also live in a world where Drew Stubbs has some trade value, so the Indians might not be close to done reaping rewards from that deal. And no, I’m not even counting Trevor Bauer’s rap career.

I’ll be sitting hoping that Choo doesn’t score anywhere near Werth money not because I have any ill will for Shin-Soo Choo, but because I hope to point at Jon and tell him just how wrong he was.

[Related: MLB Rumors: Stubbs Draws Trade Interest]

Bullpen Mafia Struggling; Ellsbury Wins it for Boston in the 9th

What’s not to like about Boston? Plenty. Those pesky Red Sox gave us another reason to dislike them tonight, winning in walk-off style with three consecutive singles in the ninth off Vinnie Pestano. It wasted a good albeit short effort from David Huff and two homers from rookies Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall. The Tribe now falls back to three games behind Detroit. Below is my attempt at the in-game blog format. It’s my first, so forgive me for not being the master of format and funny like my colleague Jon. I hope you enjoy it, though.

8:46 First pitch. All this 90-plus minute rain delay has allowed me to do is think about how much I still hate Josh Beckett for 2007.

8:47 Brantley is suffering from Carlos Santana Syndrome: Watching FAR too many called third strikes go by.

Still 8:47 Take it in from a distance, Orlando Cabrera! WE ARE ALL KIPNISES! I thought McDonald may catch that at the kiddie level wall out in right field. This kid is going to be something special. Good thing we didn’t throw him into the Ubaldo deal. After all, prospects are no sure thing……

8:53 Moving on… David Huff is on the mound. He currently has a 0.71 ERA. I still keep Carlos Carrasco in this rotation at this snapshot in time. I’m hoping Huff does something to change my mind tonight. [Read more...]