Justin Masterson drawing interest in free agency

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The Clevealnd Indians lost interest in Justin Masterson, especially as his on-field performance shrunk in 2014. He was eventually traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for a prospect. We’ll see what the free agency market yields in the way of dollars, but right now there are at least two teams interested in Masterson that have made

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A fond farewell to you, Justin

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The highs and lows of being a major league player. Justin Masterson was dealing a year ago. He was the leader of an Indians staff that was pitching and timely-hitting their way in October. One thing that people have conveniently forgotten about that run: Masterson wasn’t pitching. An early September oblique strain kept him out of

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John Axford was tipping pitches in Milwaukee

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John Axford, new Cleveland Indians closer, might have to thank the St. Louis Cardinals for potentially reviving his career.hThe National Post, a Toronto publication, had an article on Sunday about the Canadian’s “pivotal, profitable” late-season stint with the Cardinals in 2013. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian retweeted the article on Twitter. Per the article, after the late

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Casual Friday with Denny and Jon talking Ohio State fans, St. Louis Cardinals fans, longreads and more – WFNY Podcast – 2013-10-18

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Jon and Denny and Craig do Casual Friday podcast Denny’s cancelled soccer game Civic responsibility and drinking Playoff major league baseball and the Detroit Tigers The similarities between St. Louis Cardinals hatred and the Ohio State Buckeyes hatred The national hatred for St. Louis Cardinals fans right now The Eye of Sauron reference by Denny

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Will Leitch talks Trent Richardson, Cleveland sports and an Indians Cardinals World Series – WFNY Podcast – 2013-09-23

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We showed Will Leitch around when he was in Cleveland and now I got him to come talk on the podcast. This was scheduled for a while, and it was just dumb luck that there was something big like the Trent Richardson trade to talk about. The USMNT and the hipster patriotism Lee Greenwood and

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MLB Trade News: Indians acquire Marc Rzepczynski from Cardinals

“zep-CHIN-skee” is the phonetic way to pronounce the last name of the Indians’ latest acquisition, Marc Rzepczynski from the St. Louis Cardinals. He was brought to Cleveland in exchange for Minor League infielder Juan Herrera.the trade was first reported by Tony Lastoria of Indians Baseball Insider. Rzepczynski, 27, has compiled a Major League record of

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The Indians and the 2013 Trade Deadline: Decisions Abound

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The end of July is fast approaching, which means the Indians and Chris Antonetti are once again embroiled in boatloads of trade speculation.  We’ve gone through years where we were clearly “sellers” (2008 and 2009) and years in which we ostensibly found ourselves “buying” (2011).  There’ve been relative hits and misses along the way, but

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MLB Rumors: Cardinals, Indians talking Adrubal Cabrera deal

In his latest column today, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney begins with a trade idea that might not be too heart-warming for Cleveland Indians fans. According to his report, the St. Louis Cardinals have continued discussions with the Tribe in regards to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. The article states that the two teams discussed such a deal during

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The Indians’ offseason hunt for a veteran starting pitcher

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The Scott Kazmir signing was nice and all, but it’s not going to be it for the Cleveland Indians in the starting pitching market. All offseason, the Tribe’s front office has expressed its desire to sign one more free agent starter: a veteran that could provide some more depth to the rotation. Entering 2013, the

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Box Score: Indians 4, Cardinals 1

Kip. Kip. Boom. That’s the story of this one as Cardinals closer Jason Motte challenged Jason Kipnis with a 98 mph fastball that he deposited into the right field seats for a three-run homer that gave the Tribe a 4-1 victory. That Kipnis blast came after a dramatic bottom of the eighth where Vinnie Pestano

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Box Score: Cardinals 2, Indians 0

The Indians suffered their first shutout of the season at the hands of Kyle Lohse and the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon. In notching his sixth win of the season, Lohse pitched 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out four. Justin Masterson pitched well for the

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Box Score: Indians 6, Cardinals 2

You can’t grab a much more all-around solid win than the Cleveland Indians did tonight. Josh Tomlin dominated the Cardinals lineup for seven strong innings, and the Tribe bats nickel and dimed Jake Westbrook via small ball on their way to a 6-2 victory at Busch Stadium. Tomlin needed just 76 pitches and allowed only

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In An Ideal World Sizemore’s Option Wouldn’t Be a Question

First of all, please don’t accuse me of bashing the Dolan family.  That isn’t what this post is about.  They deserve some of the blame for their spending habits, but ultimately they are playing in an environment that has all sorts of factors working outside of their control as well.  Over poker last night I

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What the Indians Can Learn from the World Series

This has been, for me, one of the more exciting playoffs in memory.  The games have been tight.  There’s been a nice mix of offense and pitching.  Managerial decisions have played a huge role.  In other words, I’m enjoying these games about as much as I’m able, considering the Indians aren’t participating. And while I

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Do the Indians Have a Shot at Signing Jake Westbrook?

When the Indians traded Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals this summer, there was a near-universal suggestion that the Tribe could sign him this off-season, since 2010 was the final year of his three-year contract extension. Now that he’s played a few months with the Cardinals, the notion that we have a shot to bring Jake

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MLB Trade Rumors: Jake Westbrook Traded to St. Louis Cardinals

Jake Westbrook, reliable Indians starter for the past decade, has been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Westbrook was scheduled to start in Toronto this afternoon but as talks intensified over the past few days, it became apparent this morning that only a few minor details needed to be ironed out and he would be

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Trade Analysis: Indians Acquire Young Arms in Chris Perez, Connor Graham and Jess Todd

(Editor’s Note: This analysis was written before the Indians traded IF/OF Ryan Garko to the San Francisco Giants for LHP Scott Barnes late Monday night.  Feel free to add his power arm to the mix and we’ll have more on his acquisition later this afternoon.) These were trades that were not supposed to happen. The

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About the DeRosa Trade PTBNL

When CC Sabathia was dealt last year, a lot of us could not wait for the “PTNBL” to actually be, well, named.  Sometimes the player is named shortly after a deal.  However, as we saw last season, it could go well in to September. In the deal with Milwaukee, who that player was seemed to be

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Andy Marte Mashes, Continues to Tease

Mondays are awards days in the International League, and one of our very own took home the award for offensive player of the week in third baseman Andy Marte. Over the past week, Marte hit .458 (good for third in all of the International League) with two home runs, eight doubles, a .567 on-base percentage

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Breaking News: Mark DeRosa Traded to St. Louis

If you were one that stuck around for the Indians post-game following the four-run loss to the Reds, you’re likely now aware that the Indians have sent Mark DeRosa to the Cardinals for right-handed reliever Chris Perez and the infamous Player to be Named Later. DeRosa has done everything that the Indians have asked of

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