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  1. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    arbitration

    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

  2. Report: Asdrubal Cabrera’s no-trade includes Red Sox, Tigers

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Some players with partial no-trade clauses choose to put the teams they really don’t want to play for on their block list. Others simply pick the teams most likely to trade for them, figuring that gives them more control over their future. Asdrubal Cabrera appears to have gone the latter route. A source told WEEI.com’s…

  3. The MLBPA elects its player reps

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson Reuters

    When I had a real job my boss used to call me the “shop steward.” But that was because (a) I was lazy; and (b) he hated unions and thought that laziness was the primary trait of unions. It was a great office. In reality, union representatives do things, all while still having to focus…

  4. The Red Sox have reached out to Hiroki Kuroda

    Nov 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda Getty

    For those of you keeping track, it’s the first full week of the offseason and already the Red Sox have been linked to approximately 79% of all known baseball players, living and dead. Indeed, in the last 24 hours we’ve heard about them and Anibal Sanchez, Mike Napoli, Adam LaRoche, Shin-Soo Choo, Justin Masterson, Justin…

  5. The Red Sox are interested in Shin-Soo Choo, Justin Masterson

    Nov 8, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Red Sox have interest in Shin-Soo Choo and Justin Masterson. This is just another extension of those comments by Chris Antonetti the other day which some have taken as a hint that the Indians are going to have a fire sale this winter.  There’s no sense, however, that anything…

  6. The Indians will listen to offers for basically anybody

    Nov 7, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    shin-soo choo getty

    Sometimes general managers will declare certain players off-limits. Less than they used to, but they still sometimes do it. I think, in their heart of hearts, all general managers will listen to any offer for any player because, hey, you never know when someone may do something dumb and offer you too much.  That’s kind…

  7. With Terry Francona in fold, Indians can’t be so cheap

    Oct 6, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    The Indians’ move to hire Terry Francona looks like a coup. Getting a two-time World Series-winning manager to come to Cleveland and take over a team that hasn’t finished over .500 in five years makes for quite the turn of events. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if it does any good. Francona…

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

    Sep 5, 2012, 6:11 AM EDT

    Orioles Tolleson, Machado, and Betemit celebrate defeating the Blue Jays during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Orioles 12, Blue Jays 0: Zach Britton throwing seven shutout innings + Mark Reynolds driving in four + Yankees losing = First place for the Orioles dudes. Rays 5, Yankees 2: This is that Yankees loss I just mentioned. Freddy Garcia allowed five runs over five. I know this isn’t the case, but as I sit…

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

    Aug 14, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Derek Lowe pitches to Texas Rangers during their MLB American League baseball game in New York

    Yankees 8, Rangers 2: I suppose the critical mass of people mocking the Yankees’ pickup of Derek Lowe was just too delicious for God or Loki or Fate or whatever controls our world to pass up, because He/it/whatever decided to play it funny with us and allow Mr. Lowe to toss four scoreless innings in…

  10. Indians fire first-year pitching coach Scott Radinsky

    Aug 9, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians  Photo Day

    Scott Radinsky has taken the fall for Cleveland’s collapse, as the Indians fired him as pitching coach less than a year after promoting him to the position. Triple-A pitching coach Ruben Niebla has been named the interim replacement. Cleveland has the second-worst team ERA in the league at 4.75, along with the second-fewest strikeouts and…

  11. Hey, the Indians finally won!

    Aug 8, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Nishioka

    The Indians moderately long regional nightmare is over:  they played the Twins today. They won 6-2. And they ended the 11 game losing streak. They can certainly thank their Opening Day starter and their biggest bat: Justin Masterson went seven innings allowing two runs on three hits and Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 4 with…

  12. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 24, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners

    Yankees 4, Mariners 1: Obviously Ichiro in Yankees clothing is the weirdest thing to hit baseball in some time. Must be how it felt to see Willie Mays wearing a Mets jersey or — and I really don’t think it’s hyperbole to say it — Babe Ruth in a Boston Braves uniform. OK, if that’s…

  13. Luke Scott snaps 0-for-41 hitless streak with home run

    Jul 7, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Luke Scott Getty

    Luke Scott finally got a hit last night. After striking out in his first two at-bats against the Indians, Scott connected for a two-run home run off Justin Masterson in the top of the fifth inning. The homer broke an 0-for-41 hitless streak which dated back to June 2. Scott, who recently said that he…

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

    May 25, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

    Angel Pagan

    Giants 14, Marlins 7: There have been times over the past couple of years when the Giants wouldn’t score 14 in a week. And when he played in New York and Atlanta, there were weeks when Melky Cabrera wouldn’t drive in four, but here we are. Angel Pagan did the same. The Marlins bullpen gave…

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

    May 4, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard Getty

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 3: Erik Bedard struck out 11 men in five innings. At one point he fanned seven in a row. Overall, Pirates pitchers struck out 17 Cardinals. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a homer. Two weeks ago he was hitting .074. Now he’s at .257 and he’s slugging over .600 on…

  16. Albert Pujols: still struggling

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    This can’t last. Of that much I’m certain. But dudes: Albert Pujols just went hitless in his fifth straight game. He’s 0 for 19 in that stretch. I’m thinking of moving to Defcon 4 here. He at least walked last night — viva reaching base! — but he struck out twice, and he finds himself…

  17. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Rangers 3, Tigers 2: If only there was some form of technology that could rectify bad calls. Some magical device that could allow officials to see what really happened on a baseball field when the umpires miss it. A bit of sorcery that could put right what was wrong and prevent a game from being…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

    Blue Jays 7, Indians 4: I was invited to go to this game by the Indians, where I would have watched it for free from the Tribe Social Suite. Because of family entanglements I was not able to go, and when I sent the Indians my regrets, I was very sad about it. But 16…

  19. Jays win longest opener on record, beating Indians in 16

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    J.P. Arencibia played the hero, hitting a three-run homer off Jairo Asencio in the top of the 16th inning to lead the Blue Jays past the Indians, 7-4, in the longest Opening Day game on record. The game should have ended in nine, but Chris Perez blew a three-run lead for Cleveland after an outstanding…

  20. Benches empty after Shin-Soo Choo gets buzzed by Blue Jays

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Already hit in the back by a pitch earlier in the game, Shin-Soo Choo took exception Thursday when he was buzzed by Luis Perez in the 15th inning in the game between the Indians and the Blue Jays. Warnings were issued earlier in the game after Justin Masterson came inside on Kelly Johnson in possible…

  21. Chris Perez ruins Justin Masterson’s stellar day

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Chris Perez

    While he finished with a 3.32 ERA and 36 saves in 40 opportunities, Cleveland’s Chris Perez‘s 2011 performance suggested that worse days were on the way. One struck in Thursday’s opener. Justin Masterson allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in eight innings, only to watch Perez blow a 4-1 lead in the ninth…

  22. Ubaldo Jimenez draws five-game suspension for throwing at Troy Tulowitzki

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Santana

    Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez was banned five games by the league Monday for intentionally throwing a pitch at Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Sunday. Jimenez was not ejected from Sunday’s game, even though it was obvious he meant to drill Tulowitzki. The benches cleared after the incident, though order was quickly restored. Tulo was taken for…

  23. Scenes from Spring Training: Manny Acta is on MY side

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Indians Equipment Bag

    Yeah, it’s another equipment bag shot. I can’t help myself. If you threw a bunch of equipment bags on someone’s front lawn on a cloudy day in November, I’d still take pictures of it. Hanging around the Indians complex here in Goodyear has been great fun today.  For one thing, the place is crawling with…

  24. Running down the rosters: Cleveland Indians

    Feb 18, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana, Chris Perez

    Even after giving up their top two pitching prospects for Ubaldo Jimenez, the Indians couldn’t maintain their hot start last year and lost their last four games to finish under .500 at 80-82. The offseason saw them shopping from the scrap heap, which isn’t unusual, but even as they were forced to pick from largely…

  25. Tracking the non-tenders: Joe Saunders, Luke Scott, Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Here’s the official list of players non-tendered prior to the Monday midnight deadline: American League Baltimore: OF/DH Luke Scott, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Willie Eyre Scott went from hitting .284/.368/.535 during an excellent 2010 season to .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats during a 2011 season shortened by shoulder surgery. The Orioles could re-sign him for significantly less…

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