Let’s start with the people that were resigned … (the 1 player)
Ubaldo Jimenez’s club option was exercised due to the amount of work they have put in him.
The Indians traded Esmil Rodgers to the Toronto Blue Jays for Mike Aviles and Yan Gomez. Mike Aviles could be a backup to Kipnis, A. Cab, or even Chistenhall. This could also open the option to trade Asdrubal if an offer would emerge that could benefit the Indians greatly. Yan has the potential of making the major league team at first base.
The Indians signed Luis Hernandez (I don’t believe has any relationship to Roberto) to a minor league contract with an invitation for spring training.
The Indians also signed Matt Carson to the same type of deal. (minor league, spring training invite)
Choo- With Choo’s agent basically saying that he would not sign with the Indians because they are not “contenders”, he currently has a 1 year deal, if the Indians dont believe that they were good enough to contend they will trade him and get the best value right now.
A Cab.- His current contract is through 2014 with an affordable contract which could draw an interest, currently the Red Sox and D-Backs have been linked
Masterson- I doubt this would happen because he had a good year a year ago but has value.
Santana- I doubt this will happen too but is a young talented kid who has power, marson could step in as the every day catcher.
With Francona becoming the leader of the Tribe what happens in the offseason??? Let’s evaluate it piece by piece
DH- I don’t see Hafner coming back without a MAJOR pay cut but the Indians have shocked me before. What I do think will happen though is that the Tribe decides to rotate guys in the DH role but guys like Carlos Santana getting the majority of the reps and Matt LaPorta (providing he makes the team)
C- It should stay the same Carlos getting a lot of PT there and Marson getting more
1B- Here’s the position with the most question marks. Will Kotchman be back, will Ruzz Canzler get playing time there, will matt Laporta be back?? We shall see. What i see is Matt Laporta and Casey Kotchman getting the majority of the resp
2b- 1 name KIPNIS
SS- A. CAB
3b- rather kevin youklis signs with cleveland or chistenhall and hanahan get the reps
inf role- look at 3b, phelps might get a shot,lillibridge
OF- Choo are everyday Brantly guys like Lillibridge and Canzler should still get a lot of playing time
2. Free Agent pickup
3. Ubaldo Jimenez
4. Roberto Hernandez
5. David Huff/ Corey Kluber/ Jeanmear Gomez/ Zack McAllister/ Josh Tomlin (they will have to fight it out in Spring)
SU: Vinnie Pestano
MR: Joe Smith
Others (most likely to least likely): Cody Allen, Esmil Rodgers, Rafael Perez, Josh Tomlin, Tony Sipp, Nick Hagadone, Scott Barnes, Frank Herman, Free Agent, Chris Shelden
Choo???- I dont see this happening the Indians I think will try and sign him to a long term deal, he will be in cleveland on oppening day, they might try and get a long term deal done by the end of spring
CP??- With Vinnie being able to close games this deal would make sense especially after Chris’s crude comments this past season, could get a pretty nice return (prospect wise)
Tony Sipp- A name that could pitch well in a different environment he seems like a NL pitcher
Masterson- this doesn’t look to be happening but if a fanastic return this could happen I don’t see it
Hannahan- ONLY if the Indians sign Youk there would be not point in having him with Chistenhall and Youk all on the same roster
Side Note: I feel as if Grady Sizemore will sign a minot league deal in this offseason
Choo started the game off with a double that was rumored to be a home run then went back and changed to a double. Then a cab moved him over on a ground out. He would score on a passed ball. Nobody would score until the 3rd when the Indains hit 3 doubles in the inning to score 2 runs. It all started with a double by johnny damon then choo and would steal 3rd after a cab struck out, then the 3rd double of the inning coming from kipnis that would knock in choo and the Indains would lead to a 3 – 0 lead. In the 4th inning the tribe would load up the bases with nobody out. Damon would strike out, choo would pop out and a cab would strike out. So no runs for the tribe. The rays though would score in the bottom half to punish the tribe for leaving them loaded with 3 consecutive basehits. That would be all they would score that inning 3-1 tribe. Nobody would score until in the 7th jennings would hit a solo home run. That would be all the scoring in this game. 3-2 Final
McAllister would pitch 6 innings allowing 1 run while surrendering 3 hits and 4 walks. Rodgers would come in and allow the run in the 7th. Sipp would walk a batter. Then the Vinnie-Chris setup worked again as Perez saved his 26th and vinnie holds his 25th.
ubaldo today pitched like Ubaldo that the Indians saw at first despite the fact he had been pitching well lately. Ubaldo started off by walking 2 and then then to a 2 run double that would give the blue jays a 2 run lead. The Indians striked back though, they had the bases loaded and then walked shelly duncan which would bring in a run. Then, the Casey Kotchman grounded into a double play that would score a run but that would be it. Then in the 3rd Ubaldo was pounded with 6 more earned runs and would leave the game doing 2 1/3 innings of work scott barnes would continue the trend completely the rest of the inning giving up 2. During this terrible inning the Indians pitching surrendered 2 singles, 2 walks, 4 doubles and 2 home runs
Shelly Duncan thought that the Indians should respond in the next half inning with a 2 run home run nobody would score for an inning then Toronto scored 1 more on a Edwin Encarnacion solo home run. That would be all the blue jays would score in this game but the Indians made another run in the 8th when Santana would walk, a brantly homerun, a shelly duncan basehit, a casey kotchman homerun, a cab and kipnis walk and a hafner basehit to drive in kipnis but after that the indians did nothing
MVI- Daddy Duncan with a 3/4 day driving in 3
Good- Indians offense, bullpen in some respect
Bad- Ubaldo Jiminez
Once again headlines should read MASTERFUL MASTERSON
Masterson , Vinnie and Chris Perez combined for a shutout. In fact Masterson was fantastic he pitched 7 innings of shutout ball giving up 5 hits, 1 walk nad manged 5 strikeouts.
Vinnie conducted a perfect inning of work that led to another hold (24). In the inning he struck out 2.
The Perez came in during the 9th and was perfect as well, striking out Lind to end the game resulting in his 25th save.
The bats were decently quiet. fortunately for the Indians Hafner hit a solo bomb in the 2nd that they would rely on for the entire game. There was a threat later in the game but it started with Kipnis getting picked off (had he not got picked off they probably would have scored again) when after a hafner pop out two straight hits probably would have driven Kipnis in and probably had an oppurtunity for some more but as it is the Indians supplied enough for the win
MVI- (who else) MASTERFUL MASTERSON
Good- Fantastic pitching, no error game (despite a play from Kipnis to Carlos), Hafner bomb
Bad- Little offense
There was no score in the first but in the second the indains started it out with hafner getting hit by a pitch. Next, brantly, got a base hit moving hafner to second. Carols grounded out sending hafner to 3rd and brantly to 2nd. kotchman would knock hafner in with a basehit. Then lopez would ground into a double play to end the threat. The rays failed to score in the 3rd but the tribe didnt, it all started with a johnny damon triple in which he would score on a error on james shields for trying to pick him off but failing. A cab and choo both got out but kipnis got a double and would be brought in by hafner on a fielding error by Jeff Keppinger. No further runs would score in this inning and again the rays failed to score but again the tribe did, casey kotchman lead off the half inning but nobody else would do anything. The 5th the rays would fail to score again but the indians striked again. Kipnis got a basehit, hafner grounded out which advanced kipnis to 2nd. Brantly would walk. Carlos grounded into a fielder’s choice (getting brantly at 2nd) and kipnis advanced to 3rd, then kotchman singled knocking in kipnis. Then Lopez struck out.
Then the start of the “all star preformance” from a cab. After the indians recorded an out, carlos pena hit a ground ball that should have been an easy play for a cab but he tossed the ball and pena as a result recieved a base hit out of the manner. Then the indians should have had an easy double play but a cab dropped a catchable kipnis toss putting runners on 1st and second (that of coarse was rulled an error)Luke Scott would then double bringing 2 rays in. Jeff Keppinger would walk. Desmond Jennings would then double bringing in 2 runs,then acta would go to the bullpen bringing in smith to stop the bleeding (despite the fact McAllister did not allow an earned run) he did. Nobody would strike again until the bottom of 8 when choo would hit a solo shot. The indians would score no more.
Perez then came into the game saving 25 straight games, or something like that but that wouldn’t last after giving up a lead off home run to Will Rhymes (his first in two years). Elliot Johnson would triple and carlos pena would hit a triple bringing him in. Ben Zoberist would bring in the go ahead run in with a basehit and unfortunately that s all she wrote.
Good- “, pretty good offensive production, anyone not an all star
Bad- Both all stars (Perez and a.cab)
For starters those people that have had fantastic years behind them but cant seem to find it need to step up such as…
A cab. (who is starting to) Santana Ubaldo(again starting to) MAsterson (same story) Kotchman (with the bat) damon (what the heck is he doing) the #5 starter (rather mccallister or gomez) smith needs to improve slightly and finally get rid of sipp end of story
The Indians could find some answers towards the deadline and through the september call ups lets start with the trading deadline the indains could easily be evaluating guys like beantencourt for the bullpen a guy like carlos quintin would be fantastic for the the outfield… now september call ups guys in the minors are doing a fantastic job like scott barnes wjo in fact i was very impressed with cord at the infield postion could be fun to watch in the future and many pitchers down in the minors to watch
Fianally the Indians still might not need to attack quintin when in fact grady should be coming back soon and should help this club out
Countinue what your doing….
Lou Marson has been tearing the cover off the baseball and to add to that he s one of the best deffensive catchers in the game today
Jason Kipnis is a huge reason that this club is playing its best baseball hes making the plays defensively and is really turining in a great season at the plate
brantly has really impressed me defensively from day one but while he had his hit streak going he should he can hit daily as well
choo lately has been on a tear at the plate in fact ever since he was moved to the leadoff position in the lineup
jose lopez hasnt been half bad i didnt have much expectations for him but he has done a nice job
Shelly duncan lately has been hitting quite well in fact at the beggging of the year when the signed damon he was doing well (im not sure why shelly isnt the everyday lf)
Finally derek lowe gets an honorable menchuion for pitching so well early but needs to refind that groove