2013 Cleveland Indians Preview

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  1. CeeGee

    CeeGee Block-O-Nation

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    CLEVELAND INDIANS 2013 PREVIEW
    "I think we're contenders right now" - Lou Brown

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    After a disappointing 2012 Campaign the Indians had some tough decisions to make in the Off-Season. They've never really been big spenders in Free Agency, because the owner is down right stingy when it comes to spending money. So, the Indians Front Office is usually stuck trying to put together a winning team with little to know money available.

    One of the first tasks for the Indians Front Office was to try and find some money somewhere by releasing players that simply weren't living up to their contracts.The 1st player that was released was DH Travis Hafner. After having the best 4 year stretch of his career, between 2004 and 2007, hitting 127 home runs and driving in 434 runs Hafner was rewarded with a hefty long term contract. Since signing that contract however, Hafner has not put up anywhere close to those numbers. While constantly battling injuries, Hafner only hit 65 Home Runs and drove in 241 runs over the next 5 years combined. When the time came to make the decision on weather or not to pay Hafner $13,000,000 for his final year, or buyout his contract for $2,750,000, it was a fairly easy decision for the Tribe. The move saved them $10,250,000 which they used to resign a few guys and bring in a couple FA this past Off-Season.

    The trade for Ubaldo Jimenez near the trade deadline was a big gamble in 2011, giving up two young Prospects, Alex White and Drew Pomeranz. However, in 2012 Ubaldo really came up big and proved why he was worth the risk. In 2012 Ubaldo started 34 games and had 15-12 record with a great 3.15 era. He pitched 231.2 innings and struck out 190 batters on the Season. After a Season like that, it was an easy decision for the Tribe to pick up the Team Option on Ubaldo's final year, of $5,750,000.

    Another player who's Option that was not picked up was Starting Pitcher Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona. After his fabulous 2007 Season where he went 19-8 with a 3.06 era, Fausto errr, Roberto hasn't done really anything. In fact he only posted One Season, 2010, of a sub 5.00 era. Its clear the Indians are tired of waiting for the 2007 Fausto to return.

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    With the budget and some of the money that was saved on the Hafner buyout, the Indians were able to resign the following players.

    Closer - Chris Perez - 3 years - $26,890,000
    -- 35 saves - 1.57 era - 0.97 whip in 2012

    Starter - Justin Masterson - 3 years - $17,390,000
    -- 13-10 - 3.76 era - 220 ip - 143 k's - 3 complete games - 1 shut out in 2012

    Relief Pitcher - Joe Smtih - 3 years - $9,000,000
    -- 6-3 - 2.91 era - 58.1 ip - 57 k's in 2012

    1st Baseman - Casey Kotchman - 3 years - $28,500,000
    -- .307 avg - 10 HR - 49 Rbi in 103 games in 2012

    Outfield - Matt Diaz - 2 years - $2,940,000
    -- .295 avg - 4 HR - 22 Rbi in 62 games with the Tribe in 2012

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    In the Rule 5 Draft the Indians replaced the so called void of their DH Travis Hafner with a player that many Cleveland fans are very familiar with...

    Manny Ramirez!

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    Ramirez will return to Cleveland, for what many believe will be his final Major League Season. Ramirez is considered by many as one of the greatest right handed hitters of all time, and I'm sure he'll have success in the middle of the Cleveland lineup in 2013.

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    Projected 2013 Lineup

    1. CF - Michael Brantley
    2. 2B - Jason Kipnis
    3. SS - Asdrubal Cabrera
    4. C - Carlos Santana
    5. DH - Manny Ramirez
    6. 1B - Casey Kotchman
    7. RF - Matt Diaz
    8. LF - Aaron Cunningham
    9. 3B - Lonnie Chisenhall

    The Indians have a lineup that doesn't really have any weak areas. They have some nice young hitters and they've got some pop now with the addition of the veteran right handed Power Hitter in Ramirez. I expect Kotchman, Diaz and Cunningham to put up solid seasons and I'm expecting Lonnie Chisenhall to breakout this year and surprise all of people.

    Projected 2013 Rotation

    1. Ubaldo Jimenez
    2. Justin Masterson
    3. Ricky Romero
    4. Zach McCalister
    5. Scott Barnes / Carlos Corasco

    Setup - Joe Smith
    Setup - Vinnie Pastano

    Closer - Chris Perez

    The Tribe has Two Legit #1 Starters in Jimenez and Masterson. If they can get solid years out of Ricky Romero, Zach McCalister, and either Scott Barnes or Carlos Corasco I feel like the Tribe should have a very formitable rotation. Jimenez and Masterson have the skills to win 20 each, while they probably wont, you know that whenever those two pitch, you will have a great shot at winning the game. If they can get 35-40 wins out of Jimenez and Masterson I thnk that will go a long way to the Teams success in 2013.


    If all these guys can perform like they're expected to, and avoid any major injuries to any key players, I expect them to compete for the AL Central Division Title this year. It also helps that the Tigers had a fire sale this past Off-Season and delt both Miggy Cabrera and Prince Fielder.


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  2. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    This was awesome!!! If they are all this good that will be great!! JFace907 what do you think?
     
  3. JFace907

    JFace907 Ron F'n Swanson

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    This was amazing! Very well done CeeGee!!! Very spot on as well!!
     
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    Dan Heckelbeck Walk On

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    Asian guy: They're still shitty!
     
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  5. CeeGee

    CeeGee Block-O-Nation

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    @dan hecklebeck

    I see you got the Lou Brown quote at the time :D

    "Rachel Phelps will never allow that to happen"

    haha #classic
     
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    abolishthefed Specializing in mediocrity

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    When that guy sneezes, he looks like a kazoo.
     

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