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  1. Yasiel Puig is back in the Dodgers’ lineup for Friday night’s game

    Apr 11, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    The Dodgers get a key player back in the lineup.

  2. Dodgers player says Yasiel Puig causes no rift in the clubhouse

    Apr 11, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig AP

    Addicted? Bah. I can stop doing Yasiel Puig posts any time I want.

  3. 2014 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 21, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Did the Indians lose too much pitching? After four consecutive losing seasons the Indians…

  4. 2014 Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mar 6, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: Can the deep-pocketed Dodgers be stopped? After a midseason turnaround led to 92…

  5. John Axford learned from Cardinal coaches that he was tipping his pitches

    Jan 12, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Indians reliever John Axford was a Cardinal for less than two months, including the post-season, at the end of 2013, but it was invaluable. Per John Lott of the National Post, Axford learned from his Cardinal coaches that he had been tipping his pitches. On John Axford’s first day with the St. Louis Cardinals, his…

  6. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  7. Dodgers agree to one-year deal with Jamey Wright

    Dec 23, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Jamey Wright AP

    According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran reliever Jamey Wright. No word yet on the exact terms involved, but after having to settle for minor league deals in seven straight offseasons, it looks like he’s finally getting a major league deal. Wright, who…

  8. Report: Dodgers nearing deal with reliever Chris Perez

    Dec 23, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT

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    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times is reporting that the Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with free agent reliever Chris Perez. Financial details of the deal are not yet known. Perez had spent the past four seasons as the closer for the Indians, but increasing ineffectiveness and some non-baseball-related incidents made him more trouble…

  9. Grant Balfour’s deal with Orioles in “serious jeopardy” due to shoulder issue

    Dec 19, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    The Orioles reportedly reached a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent closer Grant Balfour earlier this week, but the agreement has hit a snag. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Balfour’s deal with Baltimore is in serious jeopardy due to issues with his physical that “need to be resolved.” While the signing was supposed…

  10. Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a closer soon

    Dec 15, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports that Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a new closer soon. After releasing Chris Perez at the end of October, the Indians are currently without a closer and prefer to bring in one from outside rather than promote Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw. Hoynes writes that the…

  11. UPDATE: Orioles haven’t made offer to Nelson Cruz

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

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    The Orioles have been pretty quiet at this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but it sounds like that could change soon. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles have made offers to outfielder Nelson Cruz and closer Grant Balfour. No word on the specifics, but the thought is that they are willing to offer…

  12. Indians interested in Fernando Rodney, Brian Wilson

    Nov 12, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    After releasing Chris Perez the Indians might be in the market for a new closer and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that they’re “scheduled to talk to” free agents Fernando Rodney and Brian Wilson. However, according to Hoynes the Indians are more likely to wait for someone’s price tag to drop rather…

  13. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  14. Indians re-sign Jason Giambi

    Oct 31, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Jason Giambi‘s coaching career will have to wait a bit longer. In addition to releasing closer Chris Perez the Indians also announced that they’ve re-signed Giambi to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Giambi hit just .183 for the Indians at age 42, but did manage nine homers in 186 at-bats, including…

  15. Indians release closer Chris Perez

    Oct 31, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Facing a decision on whether to tender him a 2014 contract via arbitration, the Indians have decided to simply release closer Chris Perez. Perez made off-field headlines when he was arrested for having marijuana delivered to his house in his dog’s name this season, but he also missed time on the disabled list and struggled…

  16. Big-ticket signings fail to lift Indians in loss

    Oct 3, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    When the Indians added Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn in free agency, it was supposed to energize the fans and signal the start of a new era. And it probably did help with the latter, if not the former. However, while neither Swisher nor Bourn went bust in year one in Cleveland, the performances of…

  17. Indians may turn to Opening Day starter Justin Masterson as playoff closer

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Justin Masterson is still building back arm strength after missing time with an oblique injury late in the season and Chris Perez pitched his way out of the closer job with a brutal final month, so Mark Emery of MLB.com wonders if the Indians could end up giving Masterson a look in the ninth inning.…

  18. How umpire Angel Hernandez affected the AL side of the post-season

    Sep 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Cleveland Indians

    At ESPN Sweet Spot, David Schoenfield reminds us of a controversial, and wrong, call made by umpire Angel Hernandez that we now know has had a tangible impact on the AL side of the post-season. On May 8, the Indians played host to the Athletics at Progressive Field. They led 4-3 with two outs in…

  19. Terry Francona has removed Chris Perez from the closer’s role

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez has allowed a total of six runs in his last two appearances and has a 7.52 ERA since the start of August. As a result, manager Terry Francona has removed him from the closer’s role, reports WTAM’s Nick Camino. On the season, Perez has a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 54 innings,…

  20. Indians closer Chris Perez is a mess right now

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    chris perez getty

    I wrote yesterday afternoon about how the Indians were sticking with Chris Perez as closer despite his struggles over the past two months. And then last night I went to the Twins-Indians game at Target Field and watched as Cleveland manager Terry Francona brought Perez into a 6-1 game in the ninth inning to get…

  21. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 6, Angels 5: They were up then down then bang! Jurickson Profar with the walkoff blast. This one would’ve been way easier, however, if Mitch Moreland, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre all hadn’t committed errors in the second inning, allowing three unearned runs. But it was a must-win game and the Rangers won. Indians 6, Twins 5: A win,…

  22. Indians, Rangers survive: wild card standings stay unchanged

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    After the Rays made a sweep in Yankee Stadium look as easy as can be, the Indians and Rangers injected some drama into the AL wild card race before eking out one-run victories. The Indians seemed to have things well in hand against the Twins after scoring three runs in fourth and taking a 6-1…

  23. Indians sticking with Chris Perez as closer

    Sep 26, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Chris Perez has been terrible since August 1, posting a 5.95 ERA in 20 innings while allowing opponents to hit .321 with six homers and a 1.006 OPS. That includes serving up two homers and blowing a save in his most recent appearance Tuesday, but the Indians are sticking with Perez as closer as they…

  24. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Indians 5, White Sox 4: Unbelievable. Chris Perez blows a save in the top of the ninth and the ancient Jason Giambi picks him and the Indians up in the bottom, smacking a two-run walkoff homer. Still life in that old bat. Still life in the Indians, who remain in wild card position. Rangers 3,…

  25. Jason Giambi walks off for Indians after Chris Perez blows lead

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi

    There’s a little magic left in Jason Giambi‘s bat after all. The 42-year-old former MVP, who entered with a .177 average in 181 at-bats this season, hit a walkoff homer off Addison Reed in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Indians a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. It was the Indians’…

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