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
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
Well the first inning did nothing but the next inning the bats were really working it all started with a double by michael brantly, then carlos grounded out not advancing him, duncan would walk in a 10 pitch at-bat, lou marson would then hit a double after jennings dove for a catch and missed it, jack then grounded out and duncan to score, cunningham would then hit a double to finish the scoring for that inning. The next inning would score some runs too. It started with an a cab walk, then lopez would double, brantly would ground out and score one and put lopez on 3rd, santana would then double bringing in a run and that would be all the scoring for that inning for the tribe. Moore would last 4 2/3 and give up 5 earned runs during that duration.
Tampa scored 2 in the 4th on a 2 run home run from the freezing cold luke scott.
Nobody would strike again until the 8th when daddy duncan hit a 2 run bomb to blow the game completely open.
BJ Upton would counter that with a solo home run to lead off the next half inning.
Ubaldo did a fantastic job in his 6 innings of work giving up just 2 runs. He gave up 5 hits, and walked just 1.
Sipp and Pestano both threw a perfect inning while they both struck out a batter.
Rodgers would serve up the Upton HR but other than that he was perfect while striking out 2
MVI- Ubaldo (the one 1 we trded for finally)
Good- Ubaldo, offense, defense without Kotchman
Bad- gave upp 2 HRs I guess?, there was like nothing wrong with this game
Well a very pitcher’s duel!!
The problem was though the angels scored 3 and jarod weaver was pitching and he and the angels shut out the tribe despite letting them load up the bases with nobody out but damon grounds into and then duncan strikes out and they failed again to come up with a clutch hit
Ubaldo pirched a heck of a game. He gave up 8 hits and 4 walks but manged to limit the damage to 3 runs but no run support
Bad- NO OFFENSE despite having the bases loaded nobody out
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
Well a very impressive start for Ubaldo today in fact I think the best I’ve seen since he came to Cleveland. He went a little over 6 innings allowing a couple hits but walking a couple.
The offense got just enough to squeak through but the Choo triple was very impressive. Then the sac fly. Then the threat in the 9th when they scored 1 more, they might have been able to score had they not sent Kipnis on the Brantly basehit.
Good- We finally got the Ubaldo we traded for
Bad- more offense
MVI (Most Valuable Indian)- Ubaldo Jimnez