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Non-Feared Players – Perhaps these players aren’t the least feared hitters.  After all, Bryce Harper and Adam Jones are offensive forces.  Yet, the following players did not receive an intentional walk last season: Continue reading

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The Reds Acquire Shin-Soo Choo in a Blockbuster Move

In an offseason that has saw the Tampa Bay Rays dump off frontline starters, Jeffery Loria selling anyone in a Miami Marlins jersey making any kind of money to the Toronto Blue Jays, the madness continued on Tuesday night.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks have completed a three team trade.

The Indians will acquire Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the D-Backs and get Drew Stubbs from the Reds. The Reds receive Jason Donald and Shin-Soo Choo, and the Diamondbacks will get Tony SippDidi Gregorius, and Lars Anderson. Continue reading

My 2012 Predictions: AL Central

I am continuing my 2012 prediction series by revealing my AL Central standings and a few positive and negative predictions for each time. In case you missed it, I revealed my AL East predictions already and we, as a staff, revealed some of our overall MLB predictions. Enjoy. Continue reading

2012 Cleveland Indians Preview

Well after a few days of watching some Spring Training baseball, I’m back to preview the 2nd place finishers in the American League Central…the Cleveland Indians. Like I’ve said all along in my Central division previews, it’s going to be a crap shoot for the final four spots in the division behind the Detroit Tigers.

The Indians seem like they are the most suited to finish higher than Kansas City, Minnesota and Chicago. They had a busy off season, only loosing a couple guys but adding quite a few. Cleveland has a pretty decent lineup with the likes of Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo and a few others. Their pitching rotation isn’t great but its not bad which includes Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Masterson and Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona). Cleveland is a low budget team who is trying to be competitive, like the Twins or White Sox, and if things work out they should be competitive for years to come. I believe the Cleveland Indians will finish the 2012 MLB season with a record of 82W-80L.

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11 Bold Predictions for 2012

A lot of writers over at Fangraphs have been launching their “10 Bold predictions for 2012” and I have enjoyed it and like the idea so I thought I would put together my own bold predictions for this upcoming season. I felt like throwing in a bonus prediction though so I give you 11 bold predictions. The predictions come in no particular order. Let me know what you think. And remember these are BOLD predictions.
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Cleveland Indians are Looking Good for 2012

For the first half of the season last year, the Indians were looking pretty good. They were sitting at the top of the division and playing well. Things started to spiral down hill though in late May, in large part due to injuries. They acquired Ubaldo Jimenez in the middle of the season but he turned out to really disappoint and the second half of the season did not go well for him or the club. There were some positives to take out of the season though as Justin Masterson really emerged and the rest of the performed pretty well. Asdrubal Cabrera also really stepped up and was one of the top offensive shortstops in the league.

This offseason the Indians have made some nice moves to improve their team. They resigned Grady Sizemore for a relatively low risk, one year deal at $5MM and that could work out well, especially if Sizemore is healthy. They also acquired pitcher Derek Lowe from the Indians toward the end of October.

In December the club signed Felix Pie to a minor league deal with a spring training invite and he could be a useful piece. They just recently signed Ryan Spilborghs to a minor league contract with a spring training invite and he could be a nice outfielder off of the bench. Yesterday the Indians acquired Kevin Slowey from the Rockies who will provide some nice pitching depth. While those acquisitions are not huge, I think they bolster a team that has potential in 2012.

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Comeback Player of the Year Candidate: Shin-Soo Choo

The other day I posted an article on how I thought Adam Dunn would bounce back this year and be a candidate as the comeback player of the year. I thought why not continue with this topic and talk about other guys that I view as a comeback player of the year candidate. Next up is Cleveland Indians right fielder, Shin-Soo Choo.

Prior to last year, Choo had been posting great numbers year after year. Our own Jonathan Mitchell wrote an article prior to the 2011 season on just how underrated Choo is. Many expected big things from Choo in 2011 including myself. Unfortunately, Choo started off the year slow and was sidelined for much of 2011 with a broken thumb after being hit by a pitch during the middle of June. He did comeback in mid-August to finish out the year strong though. Overall in 2011 he hit .259/.344/.390 with 8 homeruns and 12 stolen bases in 358 plate appearances. Not horrible but it just wasn’t what he had posted in the last couple years and not what people expected of him. With 2011 behind him though, I think Choo is due to bounce back.

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