Atlanta Braves designate Michael Bourn for assignment

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What’s another $14 million? Michael Bourn is the latest player who get paid handsomely to stay home.

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Atlanta Braves eat $15 million, release Nick Swisher

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The Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians will both be paying Nick Swisher not to play for them in 2016.

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Fangraphs show Indians have highest percentage of dead payroll money

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Having the Cleveland Browns in town has allowed fans on the North coast to understand the term dead money refers to players who are still being paid high amounts of money despite no longer being a part of the team. Well, Fangraph’s Craig Edwards demonstrated the Browns no longer have a monopoly on the term

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Cleveland Indians designate Chris Johnson for assignment

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To clear room for Rajai Davis, the Cleveland Indians designated Chris Johnson for assignment. He’s still owed $17.5 million.

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Atlanta Braves looking to unload Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn

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If you know anyone willing to take on $29 million in salary, give John Hart a call.

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Not everyone in Indians clubhouse sad to see Nick Swisher go

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Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn were traded last week, and now their departures — especially that of Swisher — have inspired some looks back at their time in Cleveland. Both had been productive MLB players elsewhere and came to Cleveland as big money, 30-plus year-old free agents; both struggled to maintain that productivity and showed their age more

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The Indians trade Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn! – WFNY Podcast – 2015-08-09

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It was a nice vacation, but I have so many things to say about Cleveland sports! First up, the Indians and their monumental trade of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. Here’s what I discussed. Click here for a direct link to the MP3 file. Also, be sure to subscribe on iTunes. [Also see: Andre Knott

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O-H Bye Bros: Indians trade Swisher, Bourn, cash to Braves for Chris Johnson

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While the 2015 Cleveland Indians season has been absolutely disappointing, Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti apparently have used such frustrations as an impetus to start an overhaul on the team. The infrastructure rebuild started before the MLB trade deadline when David Murphy and Marc Rzepczynski were shipped off to contenders for prospects. However, such trades

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C-Cap Recap: Things Go South Out West

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Sometimes the first inning sets the tone for a ballgame. Other times, like Monday night’s 5-4 Cleveland Indians loss in Anaheim, the first inning is a cruel joke—a magician’s misdirection, setting up a really lame, predictable trick. With the first frame in the books, Cleveland (48-57) had staked Corey Kluber to a 3-0 lead and backed

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Ball Played: Indians say Goodbye to the Good Guy (but not to losing streak)

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Good Guy David Murphy had some good times with the Cleveland Indians. He was not part of the 2013 playoff team, but he was an extremely useful platoon hitter in his 213 games with the team. He would complete his time with a .273/.327/.402 slash line and a 104 OPS+, which were all quite close

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Ball Played: Bauer and bats sour for Indians

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The Cleveland Indians spent Thursday afternoon mired in rampant speculation and rumor about many of their players being subject to trade talks. The Indians then spent their night watching their bitter rival Chicago White Sox dominate them by a final score of 8-1. The players discussed ranged from current Triple-A Columbus Clippers Lonnie Chisenhall and

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Bode Plots: Which type of contact is affecting Indians batters the most?

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With the Cleveland Indians continuing their struggles hitting with RISP1 , there has been an added emphasis among analysts and fans to uncover how much of their struggles are luck versus skill. In particular, there has been an emphasis on the amount of hard hit balls. However, there is a possibility that focus is on

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Indians could move Brandon Moss by trade deadline

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Roughly one week ago, Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro discussed the addition of outfielder Brandon Moss, saying that the veteran slugger has been “as productive as hoped” who is “better than we thought defensively.” Fast forward to today, and we have ourselves a bit of a contradictory report, stating that the Tribe would love to

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Ball Played: Corey’s special Ks not enough in KC

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The Kansas City Royals were determined to not allow Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber to work them deep into counts, which inevitably seem to end in strike outs. The Royals entered Wednesday’s game still as the most difficult team to strike out in baseball, while also leading in batting average. The Royals, however, also had

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Ball Played: Indians continue Cleveland celebration

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The Cleveland Indians missed a fantastic opportunity on Tuesday night as fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers spilled out from Quicken Loans Arena in pure jubilation to chaotically celebrate the Cavs punching their NBA Finals ticket for the first time since 2007. Many of those fans found their way to the gates of Progressive Field. Michael

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C-Cap Recap: Just Out of Reach

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While we all may have wanted Corey Kluber’s incredible 18-strikeout performance to become the indelible image of the 2015 Indians season—the 180-degree course correction that launched the team into contention—Thursday afternoon’s encore match-up with St. Louis provided a far more realistic encapsulation of where this club is at. The lasting image, in this case, was

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Ball Played: Finally, an Indians win

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The Cleveland Indians came into the 2015 season supposedly offensively superior to the Kansas City Royals, especially when considering power hitting. The Royals invested so many resources into their defense and bullpen that it was thought to have left them a bit short at the plate. The Royals have been the better team at the

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Indians Series Summary No. 6: Are we there yet? No, dear, be patient

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Friday night’s 13-1 blowout win over the Detroit Tigers by the Cleveland Indians had some of us wondering if it was, finally, the great awakening of the offense. But, alas, no—we’re not there yet. On Saturday, the Indians returned to moribund run production and lost 4-1. Then on Sunday, Detroit’s 8-6 victory featured more of

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Michael Bourn moved to ninth spot in the lineup on Sunday

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For the first time since being signed by the Cleveland Indians, Michael Bourn will start a game lower in the lineup instead of the leadoff spot. Instead of batting first, Terry Francona has decided to drop him to the bottom of the order and bat him ninth versus Detroit. Bourn understood the decision saying, “Sometimes you just catch yourself in

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Indians defense no longer a comedy of errors

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In simple terms, the 2014 Cleveland Indians defense was a comedy of errors. The laughs extended to several comically range-limited defenders as well as some unfortunate injuries at key positions. The defense was so poor that the Indians ranked in last place in both Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and in Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). They were

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