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Author: Joseph Coblitz

Indians Minor Leaguers on the Brink of Free Agency

By: Joseph Coblitz | September 18, 2018 While not the headline topic that Major League free agency is, minor league free agency can greatly effect the look of a season. In general, a player can be forced to sign a basic contract (or they can leave the minor league system for at least a year) with the team that initially drafted them up to six times before they become minor league free agents. This only effects players before they sign a major league deal, so simply being on the 40 man MLB roster protects a team from losing the...

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Almost There: 2018 Akron Rubberducks in Review

By: Joseph Coblitz | September 17, 2018 The Rubberducks completed a very successful season last week when they lost in the Eastern League championship to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. While they didn’t ultimately take home the crown, they made great improvements over last season with a team that included plenty of new players to go with a significant amount of returning prospects. The Indians have already seen the results from one of the top performers in AA this year as Shane Bieber has been featured heavily in the MLB rotation and they will likely see much more next...

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Give this Brad a Hand: The Early Returns on the Francisco Mejia Trade

By: Joseph Coblitz | September 13, 2018 As much as it hurt seeing Francisco Mejia going deep twice in his Padres debut, the July deal that sent him to San Diego was a necessary payment for the Indians to fix their bullpen problems. At the time of the trade, it was at least a slight surprise that all it cost the Indians for Brad Hand and Adam Cimber was one future All-Star when a similar deal for Andrew Miller in 2016 cost them a top starter (Justus Sheffield), their top position player prospect (Clint Frazier) and two of their...

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