Lonnie Chisenhall, All-Star? While We’re Waiting…

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Are you in tune with DiamondView? Well if you’re a Tribe fan, you should be. It’s been discussed in the past, but given a recent post by Cleveland’s Alex Kaufmann over at ESPN’s Sweetspot Blog, it’s worth bringing up again. DiamondView is the team’s proprietary analytical tool that has led to decisions from not extending

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Rocky start, “Smooth” ending: Tribe splits doubleheader in Oakland

Mike Aviles

There is nothing worse than fans freaking out over one game. But the first of the two in Oakland yesterday was one of those of those examples. I’m going to say this once – it’s ONE GAME. Scott Kazmir, whom the Indians let walk after resurrecting his career in Cleveland last season, spent his afternoon

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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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Indians take a flier on injury-prone starter Shaun Marcum

Shaun Marcum alone is not a game-changer. But with relatively little possible cost and minimal team risk, the Cleveland Indians just added a bit more upside to their 2014 roster. Yesterday, the 32-year-old former Milwaukee Brewer and Toronto Blue Jay reached agreement with the Tribe to compete for the open No. 5 rotation spot. Marcum

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Tuesday Tribe Notes

Scott Kazmir

Scott Kazmir, the Indians 2013 reclamation project extraordinaire , has officially left Cleveland for the West Coast. Like his former teammate, reliever Joe Smith, the left-handed starter is headed to the AL West. The Oakland Athletics thought enough of Kazmir to give him two years and $22 million. It is easy to disparage the signing

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MLB Trade Rumors: Indians interested in Oakland’s Brett Anderson

Though acquiring arms at a rapid pace, it appears that the Oakland Athletics are looking to trade starting pitcher Brett Anderson. Per ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cleveland Indians are reportedly one of the few teams interested in acquiring the 25-year-old southpaw. Oakland is said to be working through Brett Anderson trade possibilities; Seattle and Cleveland

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MLB News: Oakland close to signing Scott Kazmir

The Oakland Athletics are close to signing free agent lefty starter Scott Kazmir, reports Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Moments after, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the deal will be for two years. ESPN’s Jim Bowden later confirmed that the deal will be for $22 million. Kazmir, 29, was not extended a qualifying offer by

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How badly do the Indians need more starters? – Cleveland Indians Roundtable

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Craig: Maybe I’m blinded by optimism, but I’m not overly concerned with a pitcher. The Indians have Masterson, Salazar, Kluber, McAllister and guys like Tomlin, Carrasco and Bauer to find five guys today. Yes it would be nice to insert a name in that list somewhere, but I’m not feeling desperate just yet. Look at

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MLB News: Grady Sizemore drawing interest

As of today, Grady Sizemore has still only played in the majors for the Cleveland Indians. That might just be about to change. According to Nick Cafardo, Grady Sizemore has been getting a lot of interest because he should be ready for spring training. Of course, it’s hard to figure exactly what “a lot of

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The Diff: Indians offseason, 2014 salary and contention windows

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The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. This is my 41st edition of The Diff. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I injected some stats into a Cavs rotation projection. This week, I’m writing about 2014 Indians salary issues. For many, talking about

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Talkin’ Tribe: Winning the Ubaldo trade, Kazmir’s future, and Tim Hudson?

Scott Kazmir

You can forget any talk about Ubaldo Jimenez returning to Cleveland, no matter what GM Chris Antonetti said yesterday. Of course they want to talk to him about a long term deal. Doesn’t mean it is going to happen. I am sure that Ubaldo’s agents will give the Indians brass a courtesy meeting, but he

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MLB News: Indians extend qualifying offer to Ubaldo Jimenez

The Indians announced this afternoon that they have extended a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez. The team had until 5 p.m. today to make their decision. Notably, Cleveland did not extend a qualifying offer to lefty Scott Kazmir. He also was eligible to receive such an offer. He now will

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The Scott Kazmir decision looms large for Indians

In just over 48 hours, we’ll know. The Cleveland Indians have until 5 p.m. Monday to extend a qualifying offer over to left-handed comeback player Scott Kazmir. That offer is a tricky situation. It would either make the soon-to-be 30-year-old Kazmir an Indian in 2014 at $14.1 million or, should he chose to decline the

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MLB News: “No chance” Tribe offers Jiménez a multi-year deal

Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer echoes recent sentiments at WFNY, stating that there is “no chance” that the Cleveland Indians will offer starting pitcher Ubaldo Jiménez a multi-year contract this offseason. This news comes in the wake of the San Francisco Giants setting the bar for free agent starting pitchers by inking Tim

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Brian Sabean messed it up for the rest of us

Scott Kazmir

The San Francisco Giants have two World Series titles in the past four years. They have the most beautiful venue in all of professional sports in AT&T Park. If you haven’t been there, I highly suggest making the long trek. It is worth it. They have a longtime General Manager in Brian Sabean who has

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2013 Indians In Review: The Starting Rotation

Corey Kluber

The Indians wild ride has come to an end. The 2013 season was one that nobody expected. A 96 loss team turned into a 92 win club that advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. GM Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona helped changed the culture of the organization and has our

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Starting rotation an unsolved long-term mystery for Indians

What a season for Cleveland Indians starters. After posting the American League’s 13th best staff ERA back in 2012, the Tribe turned it around magically this year en route to the playoffs, jumping all the way to the AL’s sixth best ERA. Not many could have predicted that success, probably not even much-applauded pitching coach

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162+: Indians win 9th straight, one win away from Wild Card

The Cleveland Indians are guaranteed to play more than 162 games in the 2013 season. On the heels of a brilliant outing from Scott Kazmir and some of their classic two-out magic, the Indians clinched at least one game beyond today as even with a loss today they would at worst be playing baseball on

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While We’re Waiting… Chris Perez, 2007 vs. 2013, and getting to know the Bengals

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“While We’re Waiting” serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email attips@waitingfornextyear.com. Leading off, Anthony Castrovince tackles the Chris Perez and now open closer position issue, “Francona would be wise not to press his luck this time

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Sweep of Astros has Tribe on cusp of playoffs

You can only play who is on the schedule. Playing those games is one thing. Knowing that you MUST win said games and then actually going out and doing so isn’t easy. Its late September and every single game means so much to your Cleveland Indians, especially when you consider the cluster of teams that

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