Justin Masterson drawing interest in free agency

Justin Masterson Cleveland Indians

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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Tribe Weekend Recap: Brooms, Good Guys, and Great Pitching

David Murphy

Do I say the same thing every three weeks or so? Just when you think you are out, this team sucks you right back in. Terry Francona’s Cleveland Indians are not the sexiest group, nor are they the most talented. Their starting pitching is essentially Corey Kluber, hoping for the best with two youngsters, then

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Watch Michael Brantley and David Murphy bring the Tribe within three of the Wild Card

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Despite the fact that the Indians didn’t make any trades that brought Major League starters to the club, they’re firmly in the Wild Card race. Thanks to Michael Brantley’s walk-off home run against the Rangers today, the Tribe are currently three games back. Of course, the Indians wouldn’t have been in position at all without

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Animated: David Murphy nails Adrian Beltre at the plate

In the second inning of Friday night’s series opener against Texas, former Ranger David Murphy did his old team dirty by gunning down Adrian Beltre with a one-hopper at home plate to end the inning and inherent scoring threat. Beltre could’ve helped his case by running a bit harder from second base, but then again—it’s

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Indians 17, Rangers 7: Chisenhall delivers a performance for the ages

Lonnie Chisenhall

Last April, after a third consecutive awful start, I famously called for the Indians to cut the cord on the Ubaldo Jimenez experience. Pretty much from that point forward, Ubaldo turned back into the pitcher the Indians had hoped they traded for at the deadline in 2011. On April 2nd of this year, I wondered aloud if

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Bauer & Tomlin as saviors, Carlos’ triumphant return, and a major roster decision looming

Josh TOmlin

If the last three weeks taught you anything, it is that a baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. In this space a short three weeks ago, I wrote that as Yogi Berra once said “its getting late, early” and that the Indians season was spiraling downward in an out of control manner. The

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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson to dress for Rangers against Tribe

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Russell Wilson’s baseball career will live on, at least for one more day. Wilson, a former second baseman who spent two years in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system before giving up baseball and pursuing a career in the NFL, will be in uniform  and in the dugout for the Texas Rangers during their upcoming exhibition game

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MLB Free Agency: Shin-Soo Choo signs massive 7-year deal with Texas

We knew former Indian outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was due for a huge payday this offseason after playing last season with Cincinnati. We just didn’t know how big until rumors surfaced that Choo turned down a 7-year, $140 million deal from the Yankees. He signed a 7-year deal for $130 million with the Texas Rangers this

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MLB News: Indians finalizing deal with free agent David Murphy

Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy was a subject of some curious Twitter rumblings connected to the Cleveland Indians earlier on Tuesday. Now, it appears there’s actually some weight behind the smoke: The Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant reports, via a source, the Indians are finalizing a 2-year deal in excess of $10 million with the

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MLB News: Rays beat Rangers 5-2, to play Indians on Wednesday

The Tampa Bay Rays held on to defeat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in a tiebreaker, advancing to play the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday in the AL Wild Card game at Progressive Field. Despite a brutal umpire miscall that cost the Rays a run late in the game in Arlington, they held on with thanks to

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians playoff odds before the weekend

It’s officially now a three-team race for the two American League Wild Card spots. With the recent hot streaks by the Rays, Indians and Rangers, all the other would-be contenders have been left in the dust. There are now three games left in the regular season to decide what’s next. Looking back in the past,

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians’ playoff odds over 70 percent

With six games left in the season, the Cleveland Indians have reached a new high watermark in their playoff odds. The three major sites — Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and Cool Standings — all agree that the team’s odds are more than 70 percent. A week ago, after the previous four-game sweep over the Chicago White

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The Diff: Looking at the Indians’ thriving playoff odds

The Diff

The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about Chip Kelly’s arrival in the NFL. This week, I’m dissecting MLB playoff odds for the red-hot Indians. It’s no surprise now to Indians fans that the Tribe

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See, it is not just a Cleveland Problem!

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There are now less than two weeks remaining in baseball’s regular season. October is just around the corner. Other than the NL Central, the division races have all but been decided.  The move to the second Wild Card last year was met with skepticism by some and applause by others. Those who oppose it find

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians’ playoff odds over 50 percent

What a weekend. With four straight wins over the Chicago White Sox and a boatload of help, your Cleveland Indians are suddenly one-half game behind both American League wild card spots. With a fortunate schedule on deck, that leaves the Indians now as a near-favorite to grab one of the spots. Here are what popular

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The Boots: Expressing hope for the Indians’ playoff chase

In my usual half-rapid fire, half-prose form, I’m back with another edition of The Boots. For those unfamiliar with this feature, I assign loosely defined “Boot Up” or “Boot Down” votes to trending sports topics. Today, I’m all about Indians optimism. Boot Up: Wild Card odds – With a record 11th straight win over the

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The Diff: Statistical thoughts on the Tribe’s outlook

The Diff

The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about NBA conference imbalance and the East playoffs. Now, it’s time to get serious about the Tribe. I’m giddy about … Danny Salazar’s second MLB start tonight.

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Brooming the Rangers out of C-Town

This Cleveland Indians team is amazing. There is no pegging them. Hasn’t been since the first month of the season and their certainly isn’t as we change the calendar to August this week.  Just think, back in April the starting pitching was a serious question mark after Justin Masterson, the bullpen was still strong, and

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MLB Rumor: Indians a potential fit for Houston’s Bud Norris

MLB Trade Rumors are in full swing this weekend, with the latest Cleveland Indians-related news related to a different (edit: former) National League Central starter. With the Matt Garza sweepstakes likely ending soon with him heading to Texas, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports today that trade talks involving Houston’s Bud Norris have been heating up. Some

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MLB News: Manny Ramirez signs with Texas Rangers

Manny Ramirez signed a minor-league contract on Wednesday to return to North America America and play for the Texas Rangers. The 41-year-old mercurial outfielder, who is one of the most prolific right-handed sluggers in MLB history, will work out for the team’s Triple-A affiliate before being activated in the next few days. Ramirez is a

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