Storylines: Shapiro believes in young core of team
- Indians president Mark Shapiro did an interview with Crain’s magazine on Tuesday on the state of the team and the plans he and Chris Antonetti have going into the offseason. He believes that Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher should have much better seasons and the rotation will be one of the strong points going into next season. However, as far as plans go for improvement and additions to the team, Shapiro had this to say, “We could field a team tomorrow, but now we have to say, ‘How do you upgrade? How do you improve?’ The answers to those things, they’re not transparent. You have to go into an offseason with a variety of scenarios, be prepared to be as nimble as you can be, with an understanding of where you want to improve and open-mindedness. Chris and his staff will explore every alternative out there, other than probably the highest level of free agents. They’re going to explore every trade you can imagine, as well as some combination and level of free agency.”
- The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. The Cardinals advance to their ninth NLCS against the Giants on Saturday.
Other News and Notes
- According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Minnesota Twins have been granted permission to interview bench coach, Torey Lovullo. They have recently interviewed Paul Molitor and possibly Baltimore Orioles bench coach, John Russell.
- The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed righty Bo Schultz off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, teams that are willing to pay pending free agents one-year qualifying offers will have to pay them $15.3 million next season. That is an 8.5 % increase from last seasons $14.1 million offer.
- The Los Angeles Angels have claimed outfielders Alfredo Marte and Roger Kieschnick from the Arizona Diamondbacks. They have also DFA’d outfielder Brennan Boesch and catcher John Buck.
- Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Relativity Sports has added Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker of the Los Angeles Angels to its agency along with Seattle Mariners reliever Charlie Furbushand infielder Logan Morrison. Jason Castro of the Houston Astros has also joined the agency.
- Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Josh Beckett will retire.
Unfortunately there are a couple of people I've seen on here who are penciling him for a "bounce back" year and they said they expect 25-30 homeruns. There aint gonna be no bounce back.
.240 BA 20-25 dbls 15-18 hrs.
Pretty much hammers home the Indians will not be active on any big name free agent as predicted. Also that they are relying on a bounce back year from Kipnis and Swisher, so both should be in the lineup at 2B and DH at least.