Victor Martinez will give Detroit the first chance in free agency

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The ultra-slim chances that I had as a Cleveland Indians fan to have Victor Martinez back in a Tribe uniform have gotten even slimmer. If the Indians’ own self-professed budgetary constraints this off-season weren’t enough, the rumor mill states that Victor prefers to stay in Detroit and will give them every chance to sign him

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The 2013 free agent closer class and why you “don’t pay for saves”

John Axford

I am a Fantasy Baseball player. I love the game. Have been playing for 25 years. I am in two leagues (one being a daily lineup change league), read all of the articles, am dialed into all of the prospects. The more information you can consume, the better the chances you have to succeed. Heck

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Unsolicited Observations: Help was there to be had for these Cleveland Indians

Jesus Aguilar

The Indians are setting the tone for a lousy summer. Just when it appears the team is getting hot, the bottom falls out. Get swept at home by Oakland? No worries, this year’s club answers by sweeping Detroit and beating Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer (no decision) in the process. Now a series sweep at

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Bourn Identity: What’s going on with the Indians center fielder?

A massive debate broke out on Twitter at the end of Friday’s disheartening 3-2 Indians defeat. This time around, it wasn’t actually about attendance. No, it was about Michael Bourn and his eventually failed bunt attempt. After red-hot Lonnie Chisenhall started the bottom of the ninth against the Blue Jays with a double, Bourn attempted

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Justin Masterson’s offer might be fair, but that doesn’t make it good: The Diff

Justin Masterson

It’s a popular opinion to dislike the Dolan family for their ownership of the Cleveland Indians. Ever since purchasing the team in 2000, they’ve been characterized as cheapskates unable to consistently afford to compete in the non-salary cap landscape of Major League Baseball. Last night’s news that Justin Masterson negotiations have ended for the spring

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Justin Masterson negotiations with Indians reportedly end for spring

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The Indians and Justin Masterson have stopped conversations about a long-term deal until after the season, per multiple reports on Thursday night. The two sides narrowly avoided arbitration last month. That one-year deal worth $9.7625 million will take the soon-to-be 29-year-old into free agency this winter. Source: Extension talks between Masterson, #Indians have broken off.

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Justin Masterson willing to sign short-term deal to stay with Tribe

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What was once thought to be a lost cause may no longer be the case. Cleveland Indians ace hurler Justin Masterson has reportedly used the last several days to let the world—and the team—know that he is not looking for Homer Bailey-type money. In fact, Masterson is willing to sign a shorter, less-lucrative contract to stay

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Indians avoid arbitration with Justin Masterson

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The Cleveland Indians and ace right-hander Justin Masterson managed to succesffully avoided a mid-day plane trip to Florida, agreeing to terms on a one-year, arbitration-avoiding deal. Take it away, boys… Source: Indians have an agreement on a 1-year deal with Masterson. More soon on http://t.co/SSqu0Zd4vR. — Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 18, 2014 Indians and Masterson agree

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Ubaldo Jimenez deal simply made more sense for Orioles

No player in Cleveland had a bigger turn-around than Ubaldo

Within the context of MLB free agency, four years and $48 million sounds about right for 30-year-old Ubaldo Jimenez. Within the context of MLB economics, it probably just was a more palatable deal for the Baltimore Orioles than the Cleveland Indians. You see, even though the Orioles had to sacrifice the No. 17 overall pick1,

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The Diff: Looking at extension examples for the Indians and Jason Kipnis

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The Diff is your weekly WaitingForNextYear look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles over the last 12 months, click this link. This week has generally been an exciting one for Cleveland Indians fans. Beloved (yet probably overrated) outfielder Michael Brantley was signed to a long-term contract. The deal

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Indians and Michael Brantley close to signing four-year extension

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The Cleveland Indians and outfielder Michael Brantley are close to signing a four-year contract extension. This news was first reported by Paul Hoynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Indians and Michael Brantley close to signing multiyear deal. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) February 11, 2014 Brantley deal could be for four years with option. —

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Indians haven’t talked to Ubaldo Jiménez in weeks

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Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Goodyear, Arizona and one of their own, free agent starter Ubaldo Jiménez, remains unsigned. Nevertheless, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tribe has not had contact with Jiménez in “weeks.” For those wondering, one source says it has been “weeks” since the #Indians spoke with the agents

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Indians win arbitration case with reliever Vinnie Pestano

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The Cleveland Indians have won their arbitration case with relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. The Indians’ filing of $975,000 won out over Pestano’s offer of $1.45 million for the 2014 season. The two sides met in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday morning. The setup man, who turns 29 in a couple

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Indians continue stockpiling hitters, add former Cubs slugger Bryan LaHair

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The Cleveland Indians signed first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair to a minor league deal with a spring training invite, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon. LaHair, 31, is most well known for his torrential start to the 2012 season with the Chicago Cubs. A long-time minor leaguer and 2011 Triple-A Pacific Coast League MVP, he earned

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Indians, Justin Masterson pause extension talks, focus on one-year deal

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With their scheduled arbitration hearing approaching, the Indians and ace Justin Masterson have shelved discussions of a long-term deal and are focusing on a one-year solution. The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reported the update on Monday evening. Discussions are continuing between the team and Masterson’s agent Randy Rowley. The filing difference between the two parties

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Kluber and Masterson listed among breakout players to watch by ESPN

Corey Kluber

Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and Masahiro Tanaka may be making all of the headlines, but two (considerably more cost-friendly) members of the Cleveland Indians are receiving prase as potential breakout players by certain scribes at ESPN.com: starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Justin Masterson David Schoenfield of the dot com’s SweetSpot baseball blog praised Kluber for his solid 2013

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Indians bring back veteran catcher Luke Carlin

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Veteran catcher Luke Carlin will be returning to the Cleveland Indians in 2014 on a minor league free agent deal. The team announced the move on Twitter early Friday morning. Carlin, 33, appeared in 138 games for Triple-A Columbus and 10 for the Indians from 2010-2012. He spent last season in the Los Angeles Angels

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Indians join the list of teams interested in Luis Ayala

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cleveland Indians are among several teams to be interested in free agent reliever Luis Ayala. https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/426370937978486784 Ayala collected a 2.90 ERA for the Braves last season, and has posted a 2.58 ERA across 157 appearances over the last three years. Per Heyman, the Tribe joins the Detroit Tigers and

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Yankees ink Tanaka; Ubaldo Jiménez could be the next domino to fall

No player in Cleveland had a bigger turn-around than Ubaldo

Highly coveted Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees agreed to a seven-year $155 million deal on Wednesday. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the details. It’s a record amount given to an incoming Japanese player under the new posting system that caps team transfer fees at $20 million. But

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Indians, Justin Masterson file MLB’s largest arbitration gap

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The Cleveland Indians and ace Justin Masterson filed vastly different arbitration values on Friday with arbitration hearings two weeks away. MLB Trade Rumors estimated that the soon-to-be 29-year-old, one year away from free agency, would likely receive $9.7 million for 2014. In the filings, as first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Indians tabbed

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