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05-29

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8

Daisy Cutter: How the Kipnis Got His TAv
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Sahadev Sharma

05-19

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3

What You Need to Know: Corey Math
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Chris Mosch

05-14

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What You Need to Know: Thwarted!
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Steven Jacobson

05-01

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Pitching Backward: PITCHf/xing and Pitcher Fixing
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Jeff Long

04-23

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6

What You Need to Know: Baseball on Ice!
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Chris Mosch

04-21

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What You Need to Know: April 21, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-15

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11

Rubbing Mud: The Early-Season Odds Changers
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Matthew Trueblood

04-15

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Transaction Analysis: Second-Week Subs
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R.J. Anderson

04-08

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Tools of Ignorance: Pitfalls of the Arb-Year Buyout
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Jeff Quinton

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: Keeping Kluber and Carrasco in Cleveland
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Zachary Levine

04-03

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27

Rubbing Mud: Four Good Young PItchers, Four Unusual Situations
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Matthew Trueblood

03-25

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8

Rumor Roundup: The Diamondbacks' Shortstop Decision Will Affect 2B, 3B, and Perhaps All Three OF Positions
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Daniel Rathman

03-25

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Every Team's Moneyball: Cleveland Indians: Yay Handedness!
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Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-17

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8

Pebble Hunting: Would Pedro Martinez Have Gone Undefeated?
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Sam Miller

03-12

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5

Rubbing Mud: The Rotation That Might Do Almost Anything
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Matthew Trueblood

02-25

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Skewed Left: Indians Get a Head Start
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Zachary Levine

02-04

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Rumor Roundup: Andruw Jones is a Candidate to Fill a Void
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Daniel Rathman

01-30

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Daisy Cutter: How the Indians Ended Up With Stars
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Sahadev Sharma

01-14

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16

2015 Prospects: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Happy Re: Joyce
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Craig Goldstein and Nick Shlain

12-09

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5

Transaction Analysis: Moss Gathered
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: A Shark in Sox?
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Daniel Rathman

11-12

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11

Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians
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Matt Collins

11-12

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15

The Best Roster Cores
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Jonathan Judge

11-11

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10

An Agent's Take: Stars Do Align
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Joshua Kusnick

11-11

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14

Baseball Therapy: It's Not a Phase
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Russell A. Carleton

09-12

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2

Transaction Analysis: The September Shuffle
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R.J. Anderson

09-10

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5

Prospect Profile: Francisco Mejia
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Chris Mellen

08-25

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Transaction Analysis: Angels Add Post-Post-Post-Post-Post Hype All-Star
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R.J. Anderson

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: If You've Got Asdrubal...
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Craig Goldstein and Rob McQuown

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Vouch for Masterson
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-02

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The Call-Up: Domingo Santana
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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

04-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

04-07

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Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Transaction Analysis: Darling Starling Stands By Pittsburgh
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R.J. Anderson

03-26

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2014 Preseason Preview
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Ben Lindbergh and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-05

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Transaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy Johan
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R.J. Anderson

02-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 395: 2014 Season Preview Series: Cleveland Indians
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-25

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15

BP Announcements: Another Analyst Gets the Call
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Max Marchi

02-18

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Rumor Roundup: Looking for Lefty Relief
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Daniel Rathman

02-12

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Rumor Roundup: Failures to Communicate
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Daniel Rathman

02-12

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Transaction Analysis: Don't Ya Need Him Brantley
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-28

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Rumor Roundup: Extension Tension
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Daniel Rathman

01-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Mark of the Reynolds
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings
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Daniel Rathman

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Who Likes Ike?
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Daniel Rathman

12-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 351: Life-Changing Lessons from Recent Transactions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Another Smart St. Louis Signing, Another Typical Cleveland Closer
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Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

11-27

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

11-27

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

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How Terry Francona has gained the platoon advantage in three different ways.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the handedness games of the Brewers and Indians.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Yankees | Mets

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March 17, 2015 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Would Pedro Martinez Have Gone Undefeated?

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Sam Miller

What happens if one of the greatest pitchers ever is given one of the best offenses ever? It nearly happened.

Here’s the thing about pitcher wins: It’s not that they don’t have value in this sport. It’s that their value in this sport is limited to one very specific, very rare situation. That situation is not “what should we say about this Anthony Raunado performance, in one word or fewer?”, and it’s not “how do we decide who’s better, Fernando Abad or Christian Bergman.” But, then, the pitcher win shouldn’t aspire to be such a stat. The stat that exists to answer those questions lives the boring life of an accounting operations manager at a third-tier gas station franchise. The stat that exists to answer those questions lives steeped in the tepid banality of everyday. The pitcher win is limited and stunted and has a funny voice and it exists in case of just one scenario, and that scenario, if it happens, will be of the utmost importance. The pitcher win is basically Owen Meany.

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March 12, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Rotation That Might Do Almost Anything

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Matthew Trueblood

The Indians have a very cheap, very good rotation. Or they have a very cheap, very bad rotation. Time will tell!

In 2012, Gavin Floyd made five starts for the White Sox before needing Tommy John surgery. He signed with the Braves last winter, and made nine impressive starts before a stress fracture in his elbow truncated his season. After signing with the Indians this winter, Floyd looked to be in the pole position to claim the fifth starter’s job in Cleveland. Alas, this time, he didn’t even make it as far as the trip North. A recurrence of the stress fracture will shelve him indefinitely.

Happily, the Indians have several remaining options for the back end of their rotation. If we assume that Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar all have spots sewn up, the remaining candidates to round out the unit are T.J. House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin. Those may not be household names, but they’re more than usually credible as spare parts. They’ve combined to make 153 starts in the majors, including 49 last season. Tomlin will be 30 this season, and is the oldest of the bunch. The Indians have a deep corps of starting pitchers, is what I’m saying, and that’s especially true given how little they’re spending on it.

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February 25, 2015 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Indians Get a Head Start

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Zachary Levine

Are the Indians early start times a roundabout way to keep from losing viewers late during long games?

If the Cleveland Indians discovered the fix—or more accurately, the workaround—to baseball’s pace of game problem, they did it by accident.

In a move that didn’t make too many waves on Lake Erie, even in our slowest month for baseball news, the Indians will shift five home games from the usual weekday start time of 7:10 p.m. to the special time of 6:10 p.m. The games are all Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays and all on or before May 13.

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February 4, 2015 10:42 am

Rumor Roundup: Andruw Jones is a Candidate to Fill a Void

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Daniel Rathman

The Indians want a hitter, everybody wants a Cole Hamels, and Yoan Moncada is available.

Tribe seeking a right-handed hitter
There isn’t much left in the way of position-player talent on the free agent market, with role players and spare parts populating the remaining list. That’s okay by the Indians: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweeted early Tuesday morning that all they’re looking for is someone who can hit from the right side and do so on the cheap.


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January 30, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: How the Indians Ended Up With Stars

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Sahadev Sharma

The best players on the Indians were far from the best prospects.

On Monday I read about the Devin Mesoraco extension and my brain immediately went to one name: Yan Gomes. Mesoraco’s new contract was a nice move by the Reds, but the Indians' decision to give Gomes six years and $23 million prior to the 2014 campaign now looks like an even bigger steal and quite the stroke of genius. There were some front office executives who were a bit surprised that the Indians were so aggressive in their efforts with Gomes, extending him after he seemingly came out of nowhere and delivered a strong all-around performance in 2013 while splitting catching duties (before taking over the role full time in August) with Carlos Santana.

In 2014, Gomes rewarded the Indians for their faith in him and showed that he wasn’t just a small sample wonder, delivering a .283 TAv, compiling 3.7 WARP, and once again proving to be a strong defender (and framer) behind the plate. By the end of the season, not many were questioning the decision to extend Gomes—and maybe they shouldn’t have doubted the move from the very start. As an organization, Cleveland has done a good job unearthing and developing hidden gems like Gomes, so perhaps they deserve the benefit of the doubt when they make a move that on the surface appears to not make complete sense.

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January 14, 2015 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects

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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

The system is starting to create some depth, but the highlight still remains the elite talent at the very top.

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December 17, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Angels Happy Re: Joyce

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Craig Goldstein and Nick Shlain

The Rays get another arm for the bullpen, while Gavin Floyd signs in Cleveland.



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December 9, 2014 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: Moss Gathered

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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

Yet another AL team plucks a middle-of-the-order hitter from Oakland.

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December 1, 2014 5:34 am

Rumor Roundup: A Shark in Sox?

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Daniel Rathman

With whom will the A's next blockbuster be? And one team drops out of the Headley chase.

A’s open to trading Jeff Samardzija

Black Friday was just rolling along, into the primetime television hours on the East Coast and a little before dinnertime out West, when this bombshell hit Twitter timelines nationwide:

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November 12, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Cleveland Indians

11

Matt Collins

The Tribe boasts intriguing present and future options at a few of the shallowest fantasy positions.

All of a sudden, the AL Central looks like one of the more interesting divisions in all of baseball. The Tigers are still a star-studded team that is not afraid to spend. The Royals are coming off of an improbable World Series run and will bring back much of their core. Even the White Sox have some fun young pieces to go along with one of the best pitchers in the game. Then, there’s the Indians, who are often forgotten but remain a possible dark-horse team to make a playoff run in 2015.

While they likely don’t have the payroll flexibility to add many major pieces to their roster this winter, they already have a nice core in place. Their pitching staff is headed by a Cy Young candidate, and their lineup is built around one of the better catchers in baseball, a breakout star in left field and an OBP machine at first base. They’ll need some of their young players to take another step forward, but they should be a fun team to watch in the coming year.

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November 12, 2014 6:00 am

The Best Roster Cores

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Jonathan Judge

Looking at the teams with the best chances of keeping the gang together--the best cores in baseball.

It’s hot stove time, when we shift our focus from the season that was to the season on the horizon. Tires are kicked, trades are proposed, and free agents are considered. During it all, metrics like WARP allow us to summarize the performance of individual players. But what about the overall core of a team’s major-league roster? How can we say, objectively, whether a team has built a core of ongoing contributors? Or, by contrast, whether it has been overly reliant on transient (e.g., departing) assets?

A productive core consists of two things: good players under long-term control, and good players who are not too old. Players under long-term control allow a team to be patient and avoid expensive, volatile solutions (except in those cases when the players under long-term control become those expensive, volatile solutions); players who are younger also tend to play more games, be more productive, and remain productive for longer.

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