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  1. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  2. Must-Click Link: The Epic Story of Johnny Damon’s Attempt to Throw a Ball to Home Plate

    Sep 5, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    If you’re one of those people who like to post comments after non-newsy articles saying “slow news day, huh?” you’ll just want to move along and not read this. If, however, you are into epic tales of weak-armed outfielders like Johnny Damon, vainly attempting to throw runners out at home plate, this bit of genius…

  3. Indians manager already thinking ahead to 2013

    Aug 16, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Manny Acta

    After an 11-game losing streak knocked his team out of contention for 2012, Indians manager Manny Acta is looking ahead towards next year. “It’s no secret, we’re going to need to improve our offense,” Acta told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We’re going to have to find a solution in left field, we’re…

  4. Indians release Derek Lowe

    Aug 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Cleveland’s veteran housecleaning continues, as the Indians have released Derek Lowe one day after releasing Johnny Damon. Lowe was designated for assignment last week after posting a 5.52 ERA and more walks (45) than strikeouts (41) in 119 innings and, not surprisingly, no teams wanted anything to do with his contract on waivers. He’s now…

  5. Indians release Johnny Damon

    Aug 9, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Indians released the 38-year-old outfielder/designated hitter. He hit .222 with four homers and a .610 OPS in 64 games after joining the Indians in early May, earning $1.25 million in guaranteed money as part of a minor-league deal. Considering the lack of…

  6. Indians blow three-run lead in 10th to lose ninth straight

    Aug 5, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    After taking a backseat for 3 1/2 months, Pythagoras has given the Indians quite a beatdown lately. The Indians scored three times in the top of the 10th, only to give up five runs in the bottom of the inning and lose 10-8 to the Tigers on Sunday. It was their ninth consecutive defeat. Miguel…

  7. Indians part ways with .222-hitting Johnny Damon

    Aug 3, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Cleveland gave Johnny Damon three months to show he still had some gas left in the tank, but the 38-year-old hit just .222 with four homers and a .610 OPS in 64 games and today the Indians designated him for assignment. Damon has actually been fairly decent since a brutal start, hitting .280 with a…

  8. The Indians aren’t counting on anything from Grady Sizemore this season

    Jul 14, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    The Indians originally hoped to have Grady Sizemore in their lineup by now, but the 29-year-old has encountered numerous setbacks following knee and back surgeries. While he was finally able to do some running earlier this month, ESPN’s Buster Olney passes along word that his progress has stalled once again. The Indians surprised many by…

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

    Jun 29, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates 5, Phillies 4: All of you who predicted that A.J. Burnett was going to rattle off eight straight wins at some point this year, please cut it out because you’re lying. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go piss off a bunch of Yankees fans by suggesting that Brian Cashman should trade for…

  10. Grady Sizemore still hasn’t started running yet

    Jun 22, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Grady Sizemore initially hoped to be back in the Indians’ lineup by now following knee and back surgeries, but instead the center fielder’s rehab was sidetracked several times and now he’s yet to resume running. Three weeks ago Sizemore vented some of his understandable frustration with yet another slower-than-expected recovery from a major injury, saying:…

  11. Thanks to the new draft rules, Scott Boras (and other agents) have a pretty stark conflict of interest

    Jun 8, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

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    The other day Scott Boras called the new draft setup “a mockery,” and claimed that the capping of bonus payouts and the slotting for picks — with stiff penalties for teams who violate them — does nothing to distribute talent to those who need it (i.e. the purpose of the draft). I think he’s probably…

  12. Indians plan to be patient with .172-hitting Johnny Damon

    May 21, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Johnny Damon has hit just .172 in 16 games since joining the Indians at the beginning of the month, providing little return on a one-year, $1.25 million contract with another $1.4 million in potential incentives. Manny Acta has already removed Damon from the leadoff spot, but the manager indicated that he’s not close to benching…

  13. Yes, Calvin Pickering, Carlos Baerga and Nick Esasky showed up for the Fenway bash

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Fenway Park

    There was no keeping up with all 216 players to show up on the Fenway Park field for the 100th anniversary celebration today. Fortunately, the Boston Globe has a list of all those in attendance. Among the one-and-done Red Sox there were Carlos Baerga, Mark Whiten, Nick Esasky, Calvin Pickering, Sean Casey, Luis Alicea (I guess…

  14. The Indians finally announce the Johnny Damon signing

    Apr 17, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house. General Manager of mine, I think it’s time you told your Don what everyone seems to know: It had been known for several days that veteran outfielder Johnny Damon was being fitted for his Indians uniform, but there was still the matter of making…

  15. Indians, Johnny Damon agree to one-year, $1.25 million deal

    Apr 12, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the deal is done. Damon will receive a one-year, $1.25 million contract and could take home an additional $1.4 million in performance bonuses. Nothing official yet from the Indians, but an announcement will presumably happen soon. The 38-year-old made $5.25 million last season with the Rays while batting…

  16. UPDATE: Talks still ongoing between the Indians and Johnny Damon

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    UPDATE: There’s no deal yet.  This morning Jim Bowden says that the sides are still talking, and Ken Rosenthal — who had the original report — notes the same thing, though adds that he believes a deal will be done shortly. 12:06 AM:  From Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes this rather surprising late-night free agent…

  17. Springtime Storylines: Do the Tampa Bay Rays have the best rotation in baseball?

    Apr 3, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    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 2012 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Do the Rays have the best rotation in baseball? The Phillies and the…

  18. Why does Dontrelle Willis keep getting jobs?

    Mar 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Willis and Qualls wait to throw in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater

    This is not a deep thought or anything, but I really do want to know what it is about Dontrelle Willis that makes teams keep signing him.  The Orioles are the latest. He’s had two really good seasons. One of them was nine years ago, the other seven. He had one more useful season for…

  19. The lawsuits are settled, but the money ain’t flowing for the Mets just yet

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    When Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz settled their Madoff lawsuit the other day, the first thought among most was “hey, it’s not as bad as we thought it would be.” The next thought was “hey, now maybe the Mets can spend some money.”  The next thought: “when?” Not too soon, says Sandy Alderson. This doesn’t…

  20. Jon Heyman still trying to sell Johnny Damon to Orioles

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Earlier this week Jon Heyman’s ongoing efforts to land Johnny Damon a job led to his reporting that the Orioles “haven’t ruled out” signing him, but yesterday Baltimore executive vice president Dan Duquette laughed and replied “I don’t think so” when asked about the possibility. That hasn’t stopped Heyman one bit or even slowed him…

  21. Orioles laugh at Jon Heyman’s report that they “haven’t ruled out” signing Johnny Damon

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette laughed and then replied “I don’t think so” when asked about Heyman’s report that they “haven’t ruled out” signing Damon. Shocking. ========== Remember last month, when we had a post about how Jon Heyman was trying his best to get Johnny Damon a…

  22. One writer really, really hates Manny Ramirez

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    There were all manner of reactions to the Athletics signing Manny Ramirez yesterday, but the one that stood out to me the most was the reaction — across multiple tweets — from Scott Miller of CBS Sports.com. Miller is not at all pleased with the fact that Ramirez has a job now. And he has…

  23. Johnny Damon won’t be signing with the Yankees

    Feb 18, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Jon Heyman is still doing his best to find Johnny Damon a job, but it won’t be with the Yankees. General manager Brian Cashman told George King of the New York Post that Damon contacted the Yankees looking for work and “I told him the truth … he is not the No. 1 option if…

  24. If it’s February, it must be time for Jon Heyman to stump for Johnny Damon

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

    Damon_Johnny

    My favorite all-time “Jon Heyman trying to get Johnny Damon a job” column came two years ago when Heyman noted Damon’s “matinee-idol looks and obvious love of the big stage,” and parroted previous Scott Boras comments about Damon’s love of Detroit while wondering why oh why Damon had not yet been signed by someone. He’s got…

  25. Yankees-Indians are talking about an A.J. Burnett for Travis Hafner deal

    Feb 14, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    UPDATE:  The talks are dead. 1:31 PM: This is interesting. Jon Heyman is reporting that while there is still optimism that the Yankees will trade A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh, the Angels and Indians have “checked in.” The Angels are probably a non-starter because they are one of the teams named in Burnett’s limited no-trade clause…

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