Cleveland’s Lindor (calf strain) out 7-9 weeks –

Francisco Lindor’s spring training appears to be over before it even begins. Cleveland announced on Friday that their star shortstop is expected to “return to Major League game activity” in seven to nine weeks after incurring a right calf strain. — Read on

Indians: Frank Robinson, MLB’s first African-American manager, has passed away |

LOS ANGELES — Frank Robinson, major-league baseball’s first African-American manager, has passed away, the Cleveland Indians confirmed to FOX 8 News on Thursday. He was 83 years old. Robinson was the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues. — Read on

Prospectus Feature: MLB’s Response to Addison Russell Continues Pattern of Failure – Baseball Prospectus

I normally watch baseball for the enjoyment of the game. Yes, I root for Cleveland because I grew up and live in the area, but I’m not a fanatic about it. That being said, I hope the Cubs rot in Hell. Any respect I had for the organization is gone. There are things more important […]

Report: Angels, closer Allen agree to deal –

In other news, Brad Hand just became the official closer for Cleveland. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Allen and the Angels have a one-year agreement in place pending a physical. Rosenthal reports that when the deal is official, it will be for $8.5 million with $2.5 million in incentives for games finished which […]

St. Louis Cardinals’ signing of Andrew Miller emphasizes bare-bones look of Cleveland Indians’ bullpen |

I’m not sad to see Miller go. If he was the same pitcher we got in 2016, I’d feel differently. He’s not. St. Louis overpaid. Miller was a boom or bust reliever for the Tribe. He helped pitch them to within one win of the 2016 World Series after being acquired from the Yankees in […]

The Yonder Alonso Trade is About 2019 for Both Teams | FanGraphs Baseball

While some, if not all, of the trades Cleveland had pulled the trigger on recently may cause concern for fans, this analysis of the latest trade of Yonder Alonso reminds us how strong the team’s position is going into 2019. With these moves, Cleveland’s payroll is now projected down to around $110 million for 2019, […]

The Indians Are in a Bad but Enviable Position | FanGraphs Baseball

Jeff Sullivan is one half of the Effectively Wild podcast and is a great baseball analyst and writer. I really like his speculation in this Fangraphs article about what Cleveland may be up to this off-season and what the front office’s motives are as the hot stove heats up. I actually wonder if payroll isn’t […]

Elegy for ’18 – Cleveland Indians | FanGraphs Baseball

The elephant in the room is how much the forecast for 2019 changes as deals are made. Will we have Bauer and/or Kluber when Spring Training rolls around? Coming off three consecutive division wins and a World Series appearance that fell short of the championship by a single run, this offseason has started differently, with […]

Sunday Notes: Omar Vizquel Tips The Scales of Justice | FanGraphs Baseball

Hall of Fame debate season is upon us, and subjectivity is inherent in the process. For every no-brainer candidate there are always several for whom a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down is largely in the eye of the beholder. Pushing bias aside — not always an easy exercise — one must weigh a ton of factors. […]