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Cleveland Indians Trade for Oakland A’s Slugger Brandon Moss

December 8th, 2014 at 7:43 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians took advantage of the Oakland Athletics' allergy to power hitters by acquiring All-Star Brandon Moss.

When the Indians noticed the A's had traded Yoenis Cespedes (22 home runs) and Josh Donaldson (29 home runs), the Tribe relieved Oakland of Moss (25 home runs).

The left-handed hitting Moss hit only .231 last year, but he drove in 81 runs. He plays first base and outfield.

Fortunately, Moss only made $4.1 million last year, so even if he gets a raise in arbitration, the Tribe should still have at least $8 million left to spend this winter.

To acquire Moss, Cleveland gave up Joey Wendle, who hit .253 for the Class AA Akron Rubber Ducks. He hit eight homers and collected 50 RBI.

Oakland general manager Billy Beane, who was portrayed by Brad Pitt in the movie "Moneyball," continues to baffle the baseball world with his pursuit of cheap players who draw lots of walks.

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Cleveland Indians Offer Contracts to Lonnie Chisenhall, Four Others

December 3rd, 2014 at 9:22 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians met the deadline to offer contracts to five arbitration-eligible players.

Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin, and relievers Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw received the offers.

They can sign on the dotted line, or take their chances at the arbitration table.

Chisenhall is the Tribe's starter at third base, and Carrasco emerged as the team's second-best starting pitcher. Rzepczynski and Shaw are solid pieces of the Tribe's bullpen.

Only Tomlin will be fighting to keep a job during spring training, and he has minor-league options remaining.

Last year, Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano went to the arbitration table with Cleveland, becoming the first players to do so in 22 years.

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Cleveland Indians Acquire Pitcher Charlie Brewer from Arizona Diamondbacks

November 25th, 2014 at 6:59 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians picked up 26-year-old starting pitcher Charlie Brewer from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The Tribe sent cash to Arizona for Brewer, who was 11-12 with a 4.46 ERA in Class AA Reno and Class AAA last year.

Brewer had a cup of coffee in the majors in 2013, making four relief appearances for Arizona.

To make room for Brewer, the Indians designated pitcher Scott Barnes for assignment.

Barnes pitched for the Tribe in 2012 and 2013, but he spent last year in the minor leagues and on the disabled list.

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Top Five Free Agents the Cleveland Indians Should Target

November 13th, 2014 at 10:54 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said he doesn't expect to sign a "cornerstone" free agent this off-season.

However, there are some worthwhile free agents the Tribe could sign, some of which might require a little budget stretching:

1. Billy Butler (.271, 9 HR, 66 RBI)

The American League champion Kansas City Royals cut Butler loose because they didn't want to exercise their $13.5 million option on him. The 28-year-old Butler would be a direct steal from the Tribe's division rival and help at designated hitter and first base.

2. Michael Morse (.279, 16 HR, 61 RBI)

The San Francisco Giants used Morse as a designated hitter in the World Series, so he could find an expanded role in right field for the Indians. Morse, 33, would be a more attractive free agent option than Alex Rios, Torii Hunter, Kendrys Morales, and Ryan Ludwich.

3. Edison Volquez (13-7, 3.04 ERA)

If the Pittsburgh Pirates could afford the 31-year-old Volquez last year, the Tribe should have enough money bring him in. Pitching is more expensive, though, so he and the next two guys could command $10 million per year.

4. Jason Hammel (10-11, 3.47 ERA)

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Madison Bumgarner Leads San Franciso Giants to World Series Victory

October 30th, 2014 at 7:51 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Seven years after Barry Bonds left San Francisco, the Giants won their third World Series championship without him.

Madison Bumgarner completed one of the most dominant performances in World Series history as the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 last night in Game 7.

Bumgarner already had the lowest ERA in World Series history after shutting down the Royals in Games 1 and 5. Last night, he pitched the final five shutout innings to end the Royals' magical season.

Giants designated hitter Michael Morse drove in two runs as the Giants won their third World Series Game 7 on the road in the last five years.

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