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December 7, 2009   (0 comments)
Breaking Down The Rule 5 Draft
With the Rule 5 approaching, I thought it might be a good time to dust off this old column and take a deeper look at the last few drafts. For this year I am adding a new break down. Each year I will also look at the highest level each player has reached; this came to mind when people were heavily debating the Kelvin De La Cruz addition. I will only count the highest level, though, if they make 8...
December 6, 2009   (0 comments)
Last Updated: January 5, 2010
Here is the first edition of the 2010 Depth Chart, though this listing will surely change some throughout the rest of the offseason. As always, figuring out the rosters at the big league, Triple-A and Double-A level are not too difficult. That said, the most difficult task is figuring out the rosters for the two Single-A affiliates, especially the makeup of the...
December 5, 2009   (0 comments)
The weekly stats update usually posts on Sunday, but today it is posting a day early because of all the Rule 5 Draft coverage on the site which will start on Sunday and continue through the end of the week. In any case, here are the updated stats for the players in the Indians organization participating in fall and winter ball. All stats are through games played on Thursday December 3rd.
December 4, 2009   (0 comments)
Here are some quick updates and thoughts on some of the recent developments in the quest to obtain more information on the player to be named in the Kelly Shoppach trade as well as other happenings in the Indians organization:
No Go On Aybar
In my update on Wednesday I made mention that the Indians may be targeting infielder Willy Aybar as the player to be named from Tampa Bay to complete...
December 3, 2009   (0 comments)
Switch To Bullpen The Wright Move
It was a move that was planned almost from the day right-hander Steven Wright was drafted by the Indians in the second round of the 2006 Draft.
Coming out of college at the University of Hawaii, Wright was a high profile pitching prospect set to go in the first few rounds of the draft. He we a strike thrower, threw a fastball in the low 90s, and featured a slider that many considered one...
December 2, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians announced today that they have infielder Brian Buscher, left-hander Mike Gosling, right-hander Jason Grilli, and infielder Luis Rodriguez to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to major league camp this spring. All four players spent extensive time at the big league level in 2009.
Buscher, 28, split the 2009 season between AAA Rochester and the Minnesota Twins. With...
December 2, 2009   (0 comments)
Updated: 9:23 AM
The Indians yesterday completed a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays sending catcher Kelly Shoppach to them for a player to be named later. In the wake of the trade, here is some additional information Indians GM Mark Shapiro shared in a conference call with the media as well as some of my thoughts on the deal and other things:
- Shapiro said there were three reasons they...
December 1, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians announced today that they have traded catcher Kelly Shoppach to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later. The player to be named must be selected on or before December 20.
Shoppach, 29, hit .214 (58-for-271) for the Indians in 2009 with 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 89 games (33 RS, 33 BB, 98 SO). Kelly spent four seasons with the Indians primarily in the back-up...
December 1, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians and Director of Player Development Ross Atkins today announced that Mike Sarbaugh has been named the manager of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers while Joel Skinner has been named the manager of the Double-A Akron Aeros for the 2010 season.
Sarbaugh, 42, will manage at Triple-A Columbus after spending the last two seasons as the Manager of the Double-A Akron Aeros. The...
December 1, 2009   (0 comments)
Here is a current up-to-date listing showing the outlook for Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles from 2010-2013. This listing does not include any recent International signings since July of 2009. This listing will be housed in the "Indians Resource Center" along the right side for quick reference, and the 2010 listing will be updated after the 2009 Draft to include players not selected.