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Storylines: Shapiro believes in young core of team

Storylines: Shapiro believes in young core of team
Mark Shapiro (Photo: AP)
October 8, 2014
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  • 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, 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.
  • Ken Gurnick of reports that Josh Beckett will retire.

User Comments

Vic Venom
October 9, 2014 - 12:47 AM EDT
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.
Vic Venom
October 9, 2014 - 12:40 AM EDT
I think they should just get Swisher to retire and make him a coach or something. I dont see him even getting to average Swisher level. He is done IMO. Time to get rid of the Brohio section BROS
October 8, 2014 - 10:38 PM EDT
I'll put Swisher down for bounce back yr sorta.
Something like...

.240 BA 20-25 dbls 15-18 hrs.
October 8, 2014 - 7:34 PM EDT
Vic, no one is hoping for Swisher to be at 30 homers. That's unrealistic. He's only hit 30 homers once in his career. I think people are hopeful he can return to just an average Swisher season, which is a .251 AVG, 20 HR and .806 OPS plus about 70 walks.
Vic Venom
October 8, 2014 - 6:13 PM EDT
All of these people hoping and praying that Swisher will be back next year and will hit 30 homers and .260, I think it's unrealistic. I have more faith in Kipnis bouncing back from this terrible season next year than Swisher. However, I still wouldn't be surprised if Kipnis is a bust. Someone mentioned that Kipnis was on PED's, interesting if that was true.
matt underwood
October 8, 2014 - 3:21 PM EDT
i mean is there any other option besides 'bounce back'? christ, those 2 cant get any worse that is for god damn sure.

October 8, 2014 - 2:42 PM EDT
I don't agree with Kip staying at second. I think he would be alot more effective back in the outfield. He wouldn't have to think as much and i don't think he would have as much wear and tear on his body from having to dive and make great plays at second all the time which could of been effecting his overall hitting.
October 8, 2014 - 10:24 AM EDT
With the qualify offer now up to 15.3 million, I wonder if this will be the year a FA might accept the offer. I also wonder if there going to be teams refusing to give the QO to FA this off season and let become a true FA.
October 8, 2014 - 10:21 AM EDT
FYI, the entire Crain's article is here:

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.

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