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Storylines: AL Cy Young to be announced tonight

Storylines: AL Cy Young to be announced tonight
Corey Kluber (Photo: AP)
November 12, 2014
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  • 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.

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 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 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 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.
  • Mark Bowman of reports that the Atlanta Braves have released righty Cody Gearrin.
  • According to Jerry Crasnick of, 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.
  • 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.

User Comments

Larry M
November 13, 2014 - 11:16 AM EST
Hey Alton,

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,
November 13, 2014 - 12:38 AM EST
Ubaldo was bad for about 70% of his Indians career, why would anyone want him back. Who would you take out of the rotation to watch Ubaldo pitch Larry? C'mon were trying to improve the team not swap two more years of a bad contract for three more years of a bad contract lol. I'm with Tony on this, that is just silly. Cashner I do like tho.
November 12, 2014 - 11:58 PM EST
I'm really happy for Kluber. That is just great news. And a real feather in Callaway's cap! No thanks to Ubaldo, but yes please to any of those three Padres. Boy, the Padres are one sorry team, they need help at just about every position on the field...
Larry M
November 12, 2014 - 11:30 PM EST
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.

November 12, 2014 - 11:12 PM EST
Larry, I get that people will talk about it.....but it's just not happening. Has about as much a chance as the Indians do of trading for Mike Trout.;)

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.
Larry M
November 12, 2014 - 11:04 PM EST
Sorry Tony...I really appreciate your efforts on this site, and I respect your opinion, but I do not understand your outrage here. Just about all these trade conversations are speculative. I am prepared to be wrong, but I do not think it is outrageous to theoretically consider swapping Ubaldo for Swisher...I'd rather gamble on U than Swish, which is not to say it is based on verified reports...just talk and one I thought was interesting. I get it - you do not.
November 12, 2014 - 10:44 PM EST
I can't believe people are still talking about this Ubaldo stuff. It's not happening. Makes no sense to dump Swisher or Bourn when both are actually BETTER players right now and usable plus have one less year on their deals. It makes zero sense whatsoever, and is just a national writer throwing around reckless thoughts.
Larry M
November 12, 2014 - 10:42 PM EST
Congrats to Kluber...well deserved after a fantastic season.

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.

November 12, 2014 - 10:17 PM EST
I really think the Tribe might try to add some SP, perhaps Kennedy or Cashner to slot behind Kluber and then deal another younger arm (Bauer/Salazar) for a RH bat.

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.
November 12, 2014 - 8:09 PM EST
Congrats to Klubot !

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.
C L Who
November 12, 2014 - 7:40 PM EST
Wouldn't mind seeing Fausto signed again as a depth arm.....he is likely too expensive though
November 12, 2014 - 7:39 PM EST
Well deserved, a dominating season that was a bit of a surprise.
C L Who
November 12, 2014 - 7:38 PM EST
Mystery over.....Kluber won.
November 12, 2014 - 6:12 PM EST
Now THAT makes sense with the Padres. Kennedy would be a one year guy but not overly costly. Ross and Cashner would be multi-year guys.....and I am unfamiliar with Ross but he may even have an option remaining which adds more flexibility. Any of these guys would add to the depth of the rotation and not be a financial burden like Ubaldo. I still can't believe Heyman even mentioned him and the Indians.....
November 12, 2014 - 3:57 PM EST
There are rumors that Indians are talking to the Padres regarding there SP's in Cashner, Ross and Kennedy. (per Rosenthal).

I would not want Ubaldo. There are better options that the Indians can pursue.

November 12, 2014 - 1:41 PM EST
The Ubaldo talk by Heyman is bunk and pure speculation. It makes zero sense to acquire him. The Indians need depth starting pitching, and Ubaldo is not a "depth" arm. Depth arms are inexpensive and provide flexibility to stash them in the minors, neither of which Ubaldo provides. Hopefully this rumor goes away fast because it is not happening and is another example how bad rumors get started.
Larry M
November 12, 2014 - 1:37 PM EST
I admit to being intrigued by the Ubaldo speculation...If we could move Swisher, or Bourn, this would be an good gamble for the Tribe. Even with the longer term deal for U, the money is less, and I like his chances of returning to a serviceable pitcher. If such a possibility does exist, it is hard to imagine the Indians not giving it a long look.
November 12, 2014 - 1:17 PM EST
So the Indians are suddenly being linked to Ubaldo Jimenez again.

I'm kinda worried now. I'm over Jimenez and do not want to relive that experiment again.
November 12, 2014 - 10:10 AM EST
I wonder if this years Cy Young vote in AL be closes vote in history. Gut feeling is that Felix will edge out Kluber. But I hope I am wrong.

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.

November 12, 2014 - 8:36 AM EST
Corey Kluber had a season that can only be defined as Cy Young Worthy.. Down the stretch, when the Indians needed his best effort.. he delivered.. While he's not a name brand, that should matter to the BBWAA as it is their responsibility to vote who they feel exemplified what they consider is the best pitcher in the player's respective league. Deserving candidates in the AL include two guys, Felix and Corey. Both are deserving. Felix did have a change in his ERA that accounted for a reduction from 2.29 to 2.15 (two earned runs) and going 1-1, 3 ND's, officially six earned runs in 30 IP down the stretch.. Bias says Kluber with a K should win on the strength of his finish 5-0 w/ NO ND's (five earned runs in 40.1 IP over his last five starts) 5-0 versus 1-1.. 40 IPs v 30 IPs? 1.11 ERA v 1.8 ERA (2.1 w/o the scoring change).. The loss to the Blue Jays with Felix on the hill took the M's from 1/2 game out of the no chance.. While it was just one start.. it was a crucial start.. and he failed..

Kluber = 2014 AL Cy Young Winner..

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