The Indians are on the verge of signing fan favorite but oft injured Grady Sizemore for another year. Once the best player on the team, Sizemore has had his share of injury problems the last three years. The last time he played an entire season was 2008 and that was his best. Since then he’s played in just 210 games total over the past three seasons.
His latest problem was knee surgery. He can’t go through a full work out so the Indians won’t quite know what they’re getting. They declined his $9 million option and that made a free agent but as expected, the Indians are still the front runner to land him. In the past three years, Sizemore has had five different surgeries. It’s also not for certain that he’ll be roaming center field either.
Still, I’ve always liked Sizemore and it’s too bad the injuries have kept him down. It would also be nice to see, if the Indians make another run in 2012, to have him with the team leading the way.
The Indians must have a thing for ground ball pitchers. They traded minor league left hander Chris Jones for Derek Lowe and the Braves will cover $10 million of the $15 million that they’ll owe Lowe in 2012. So in effect, they’re getting Lowe for $5 million in a one year deal. Lowe fell off of a cliff in the second half of 2011 but these kind of deals are pretty low risk.
The Indians liked the fact that Lowe got in his starts. He’s pushing 38 but he’s had 32 or more starts the last ten seasons. Not too shabby for a former closer. Of course the bad side of all that is that Lowe lost 17 games and he had an ERA north of 5.00 in 2011.
The guy they gave up is a left handed reliever. Jones struck out 66 in 72 1/3 but he was 23 pitching in A-Ball. This is a little more then a quick fix at the back end of the rotation but I like the chances that it’ll work.
At this point, the Indians are playing for second place and a winning record. I know they weren’t as good of a team as people thought in the first half but I also think they weren’t as bad as they should have been in the second. So in the final weekend series of the season, it’s interesting to see the Indians going head to head with the team their neck and neck with for second place.
Jeanmar Gomez got it done as did the offense. Gomez gave up two runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Three different relievers threw a shutout inning a piece to close out the game.
Asdrubal Cabrera had a huge day at the plate. He went three for five with a home run and he drove in five runs. Kosuke Fukudome also had a nice game and he went two for four with three RBIs and two runs. Ezequiel Carrera went two for three with three runs.
I guess there’s just one week left so it’s best to enjoy Indians baseball when it’s still around. This time next week, it won’t be.
It’s only one win but a few days ago the Cleveland Indians fell into third place in the AL Central. They’re still keeping their head above .500, but you wonder if this is a race they’re going to stick in. The Jim Thome trade was a good one and it’ll help, but it might be too little to late. Of course there’s still a month to play so we can hope for the best.
Yesterday was a nice 6-2 win. Carlos Santana and Jack Hannahan went yard in the win and Hannahan finished with three hits. Jim Thome did his job with a single and a pair of walks.
On the pitching side, Jeanmar Gomez did his job. He pitched six strong innings and he gave up just one unearned run. Rafael Perez gave up the other run and Chad Durbin pitched a shutout seventh inning.
Tonight, it’ll be Ubaldo Jimenez going up against Rich Harden. This could go either way because while Harden has had some stuff in the past )like Jimenez), he’s also had some stinkers.
The Indians were one of the big surprises at the trade deadline. Being buyers for the first time in a few years, the Indians got the blue chip on the trade market by picking up Ubaldo Jimenez. They had to give up some prospects but I like the deal.
Jimenez is having an off year, but this is a good year who’s already shown he has Cy Young potential. He’s still striking out close to a batter an inning, he’s just giving up more hits. The big thing will be if he can ever get his walks down.
The Indians gave up four guys. Alex White, Joe Gardner, Matt McBride, a player to be named later. The PTBNL is expected to be Drew Pomeranz. So they’re giving up their top draft picks from 2009 and 2010 and those are their two top pitching prospects but still, by getting Jimenez, we’re getting a known quantity. Now we just have to get back to winning and take back first place in the AL Central.
We’re close to the half way point in the season and while the Indians have had almost as bad of a run as they did a good run earlier in the season, they’re still hanging in there and they’re a game back of the first place Tigers. They won their opener against the Diamondbacks 5-4 and they did it with a go ahead home run in the ninth by Orlando Cabrera.
Asdrubal Cabrera was one of the hitting stars though. He went two for four with a home run and two RBIs. Lonnie Chisenhall also had a nice game and he went two for four with an RBI.
Mitch Talbot had a rough start and he gave up three runs in five innings of work. Five relievers then combined to hold the Diamondbacks to one run over the final four innings. Chris Perez pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his 19th save of the season.
Josh Tomlin gets the start this evening. The Diamondbacks will throw Daniel Hudson.
The sort of good news is the Indians have won two of their last four. The bad news is that followed a three game losing streak and the Indians are slowly losing ground to the Tigers in the AL Central. They still have a healthy five game lead and it’s six in the loss column but the Tigers seem to be heating up again so the Indians have to get it done.
Mitch Talbot had a solid start and he improved to 2-1. He gave up a run on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The pen gave up a couple of runs which was discouraging but it was still enough to give them the win.
Carlos Santana went three for three with two RBIs and two runs. Grady Sizemore also had a nice game and he went two for four with two RBIs and a run. Michael Brantley also had a solid day at the plate and he went three for five with a run.
Josh Tomlin gets the nod tomorrow and he goes for win number seven. Kyle Drabak is on the mound for the Jays in this evening game. Then the Rangers come into town for four games, three of which are night games and Sunday is an afternoon game.
The Indians look like they’re headed for a rough season. With a three headed monster in the division of the Tigers, White Sox and Twins, it looks like the Indians might be fighting the Royals for the bottom again. With that, the Indians have unloaded a lot of their talent the past few years but now just this past week, general manager Chris Antonetti has said that the team won’t trade Grady Sizemore of Fausto Carmona.
I don’t necessarily believe them but the Indians finished close to the bottom in attendance and they need to do something to turn that around. Trading the last two cogs of their 2007 run won’t endear the team to the fans so they might be best off eating whatever they’re paying these guys. Plus Sizemore has always been a fan favorite so losing him might cause even more of an uproar.
The Indians were impressed enough by Austin Kearns second half and with the batch of free agent outfields slowly being depleted, the team decided to bring back Kearns for one more year. The once top flight prospect has bounced around the past few years and he signed on with the Indians last year with a minor league deal but after his season in 2010, he’s signed for big league money.
Kearns will make $1.3 million and his role with the team will depend on how soon Grady Sizemore comes back from his surgery. Kearns will be the fourth outfielder but being the only right fielder, he’ll get plenty of time in the lineup especially against lefties. If Sizemore isn’t ready, he’ll most likely be the starting left fielder.
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