Storylines: AL Cy Young to be announced tonight
- Corey Kluber has had one of the best seasons for a pitcher in Indians history and could possibly add to that with a Cy Young win tonight. Kluber proved with each start that he was an ace as there were several games where he was unhittable and he worked out of jams with his cold-blooded approach. There is a case for the other candidates which are Felix Hernandez and Chris Sale, but Kluber stands a good chance to reign supreme over all of them and win his first Cy Young award of his career. Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts. If Kluber wins the Cy Young this would be the Indians third pitcher to win the award in seven years.
- Matt Williams and Buck Showalter were both voted as managers of the year. Terry Francona was fifth in balloting for AL Manager of the Year.
Other News and Notes
- According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Angels have yet to have talks on extension for closer Huston Street.
- Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that one of the main reasons the New York Mets signed outfielder Michael Cuddyer was due to their urgency to compete.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Houston Astros have shown interest in Hanley Ramirez.
- According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, The Toronto Blue Jays will try to meet with Pablo Sandoval, Victor Martinez and Russell Martin.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the San Diego Padres are the highest bidders for Korean lefty Kwang-Hyun Kim.
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the San Diego Padres are in the process of trying to re-sign righty Josh Johnson. They already declined his $4MM option.
- Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the New York Mets inquired about Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Rumors of them trading for Troy Tulowitzki are false.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Los Angeles Angels are still open to trading infielder Howie Kendrick.
- Chad Jennings of Lohud.com reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have signed infielder Dean Anna. He made his debut last season with the New York Yankees.
- The Colorado Rockies have traded righty Rob Scahill to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for fellow rightyShane Carle.
- Stephen Nohlgren and Charlie Frago of the Tampa Bay Times report that the Tampa Bay Rays are nearing an agreement with St. Peterburg mayor Rick Kriseman that will allow them to look for sites for a new stadium.
- Baltimore Orioles GM Dan Duquette was named MLB Executive of the Year.
- According to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, the Arizona Diamondbacks will tender the contract of infielder Cliff Pennington.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in righty Chad Billingsley.
- Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Atlanta Braves have released righty Cody Gearrin.
- According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Kansas City Royals met with Billy Butler’s agent to discuss a possible re-signing of the DH.
- David Robertson has turned down his qualifying offer from the New York Yankees. The offer was for one-year, $15.3MM.
- The New York Mets have signed outfielder Alex Castellanos to a minor league deal.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Baltimore Orioles offered Nelson Cruz and three-year deal prior to Cruz electing for free agency. The terms of the deal are not known.
- The Chicago Cubs want to upgrade their rotation. They have shown interest in Jon Lester but could also consider Justin Masterson and Brett Anderson.
- Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas City Royals will meet with the agents of Brett Anderson later this week.
- According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Miami Marlins are so deep into talks with Giancarlo Stanton that other teams have not inquired on his availability anymore.
- David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta Braves do not envision extendingJason Heyward this year.
- According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Rangers are going to sell the contracts of pitchers Aaron Poreda and Miles Mikola to the Yomuri Giants of the NPB.
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Oakland Athletics have interest in shortstops Stephen Drew and Asdrubal Cabrera.
I am not in love with Ubaldo, but at the risk of being silly, I am still open to taking on a player like him, who I believe can rebound to some degree (maybe Callaway can work a little magic?) . My impetus is to move Swisher's deal for a shot at something better... I think Swisher is done as an even average producer at his position (DH, RF, IB) -- he is almost a sunk cost, and he is choking off our flexibility. It certainly does NOT have to be Ubaldo, but to move Swish, we have to take on somebody else's undesirable deal. Let's keep shopping!
I really like our young starters, but I believe other teams do as well -- they have some value, and we have some needs, so another deal might make sense, rather than just bumping somebody out. I am for exploring all options (and I do like the SD pitchers being discussed, too), but moving Swisher's deal, or Bourn's ( he actually still has some minor value/ability to play) could really open us to new horizons. All options need to be considered, and I have some faith in the Indians that they are, regardless if they show up as speculation or rumor here or some other site.
All that said, the speculation is fun, but I think we are stuck with Swisher -- I will be rooting hard for him to prove me wrong.
Thanks for the discussion,
I will hold out that a swish for Ubaldo swap is a lot more likely than anything involving Mike Trout, but I sense your exasperation with this., so I am done with that. I still think the Tribe should investigate swapping bad contracts whenever the opportunity arises. I look at Swisher as "our albatross", who is gumming up our flexibility, and ability to play younger guys. That said, I am truly hopeful Swisher can give us some decent play next year ...we need that sort of (even humble) boost from his spot.
It's just not a deal that makes much sense nor fits. Now, you want to talk about the Padres maybe dealing one of their arms to the Indians....I could see that. But Ubaldo is an albatross and does not fit on this team in the rotation. Trading for him essentially bumps House, Salazar or Bauer out of the rotation. No thanks. Believe me, I wrote many times last offseason how this organization was happy to move on from him and they took their first round compensation pick and ran with it.
The only way the Ubaldo talk is interesting is in the notion of swapping one our bad contracts, which the writer suggested...moving Swisher or Bourn would have great value to us. Otherwise, there is no appeal.
I really like Cashner, if he can stay healthy he'd be a great pickup.
I wouldn't mind seeing the tribe pickup one or two of Masterson, Johnson, Billingsley and Andersen.
What would the Padres want for Cashner or Kennedy? They need hitters and maybe BP help. Ross has serious home/road splits to stay away from, but Kennedy was actually better on the road.
All those SP names, including Ubado, only make sense if the Indians consider moving one of their arms in a deal to aquire a power bat.
I would not want Ubaldo. There are better options that the Indians can pursue.
I'm kinda worried now. I'm over Jimenez and do not want to relive that experiment again.
I like to see the Indians go after an Ohioan in Chad Billingsley to add to the pitching depth for starting rotation. I know he probably wont be able to pitch until mid summer.
Rumor has it that the Orioles are shopping Ubaldo. Buyers remorse.
Kluber = 2014 AL Cy Young Winner..