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
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
Well it was not a good day to be an indians fan. There was little offense for 2 days in a row. Masterson started off bad in the 1st giving up a 2 run home run by ben zoberous. Then indians then matched it with a double play by pronk that would bring in a run then a balk called on cobb, which would score a cab. MAsterson then got through the 2nd without giving a run. Then in the third he gave up 2 more runs Jose Lobaton got a base knock that brought in two. The forth inning was scoreless. Then masterson came in and served up a 2 run home run from a struggling luke scott. He would record an out then served up a basehit then walk a batter and he was then pulled. Nick Hagadone then came in to relieve him and gave up a double that would score those 2 base runners. He then walked 2 straight batters. He then received a sac fly from ben z. B.J. Upton then got a base hit that scored one more. Choo would bring in Jonny Damon in the next half inning on a basehit. Nobody else would score in this game
MVI-Choo (I guess since the fact that he hit with runners in scoring position)
Good- No errors
Bad- Little offense, Terrible pitching
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
MASTERSON!!! MASTERSON!!! MASTERSON!!!!!!
anyways Masterson goes the complete game giving up 1 unearened run that really had little impact on the game
The offense started up in the beginning but just couldn’t put it all together until the 4th when 2 home runs gave them 5 runs which would be all they needed
again the offense scored 3 more times enough to get them the 8-1 game
Justin did an excellent job of pitching today allowed just 3 hits having a perfect 3 frames to start the game
While pitching Masterson kept a realitivly low pitchcount for throwing a complete game overall an excellent outing
Good-Mostly everything scoring runs, the complete game
Bad- the error but that s forgivable and the offense in the first 3 but Masterson pitched excellent
The indians overall played a pretty good
First a shutout from the pitching giving just 5 hits in the game
Next when santana hit a cab in it showed that the offense can suply whebn nobody really wanted to get any hits going then brantly extending the hitting streak is pretty impresive
Congrats to masterson pestano and chris perez on the combined shutout
Bad-they really couldnt get the offense going
Good-the pitching was fantastic today