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Top Five Free Agents the Cleveland Indians Should Target

November 13th, 2014 at 10:54 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said he doesn't expect to sign a "cornerstone" free agent this off-season.

However, there are some worthwhile free agents the Tribe could sign, some of which might require a little budget stretching:

1. Billy Butler (.271, 9 HR, 66 RBI)

The American League champion Kansas City Royals cut Butler loose because they didn't want to exercise their $13.5 million option on him. The 28-year-old Butler would be a direct steal from the Tribe's division rival and help at designated hitter and first base.

2. Michael Morse (.279, 16 HR, 61 RBI)

The San Francisco Giants used Morse as a designated hitter in the World Series, so he could find an expanded role in right field for the Indians. Morse, 33, would be a more attractive free agent option than Alex Rios, Torii Hunter, Kendrys Morales, and Ryan Ludwich.

3. Edison Volquez (13-7, 3.04 ERA)

If the Pittsburgh Pirates could afford the 31-year-old Volquez last year, the Tribe should have enough money bring him in. Pitching is more expensive, though, so he and the next two guys could command $10 million per year.

4. Jason Hammel (10-11, 3.47 ERA)

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Madison Bumgarner Leads San Franciso Giants to World Series Victory

October 30th, 2014 at 7:51 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Seven years after Barry Bonds left San Francisco, the Giants won their third World Series championship without him.

Madison Bumgarner completed one of the most dominant performances in World Series history as the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 last night in Game 7.

Bumgarner already had the lowest ERA in World Series history after shutting down the Royals in Games 1 and 5. Last night, he pitched the final five shutout innings to end the Royals' magical season.

Giants designated hitter Michael Morse drove in two runs as the Giants won their third World Series Game 7 on the road in the last five years.

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World Series Preview and Prediction: Kansas City Royals Vs. San Francisco Giants

October 21st, 2014 at 7:41 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The World Series begins tonight with two well-rested teams – the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants – doing battle at 8:07 p.m. on Fox.

Both teams finished their last series so quickly that they have enjoyed four or five days off before the Fall Classic and can reset their pitching rotations.

James Shields will start Game 1 for the Royals, as the decision to trade young slugger Wil Myers for "Big Game James" can be officially declared a success.

Madison Bumgarner, the MVP of the National League Championship Series will start for the Giants, who will be looking for their third world title in five years.

Look for the long layoff to dampen the Royals' hot streak, and the Giants' World Series experience should carry them to another championship.

Prediction: Giants win 4 games to 2.

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Baseball Playoffs Resume with Doubleheader Today

October 14th, 2014 at 8:12 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Baseball fans who waited through Sunday's football games and last night's rainout in Kansas City will be rewarded today with a double dose of their favorite sport.

The St. Louis Cardinals will visit the San Francisco Giants today at 4:07 p.m. Eastern time for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Kolten Wong's home run in Game 2 evened the series at one game apiece.

John Lackey will start for the Cardinals against the Giants' Tim Hudson. Shelby Miller will draw the start for the Cards in Game 4 tomorrow night, while Ryan Vogelsong will pitch for San Francisco.

In the American League, the Kansas City Royals will take the home field after winning the first two games in Baltimore. They have a great opportunity to close out the series without returning to the Land of Crabcakes.

Wei-Yin Chen will start for Baltimore against the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie.

Prediction: The Royals take care of business at home and eventually meet the Giants in the World Series.

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Cleveland Indians Postmortem: What Went Right and What Went Wrong

October 1st, 2014 at 7:49 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Poor hitting and defense caused the Cleveland Indians to fail in their quest to wrap up their "Unfinished Business" and return to the playoffs.

Still, the team's pitching was outstanding, especially in the second half. Manager Terry Francona had another great year, somehow turning the Tribe's mediocre start into a second straight winning season (85-77).

Corey Kluber could win the Cy Young award. Michael Brantley deserves some votes in the MVP race. Yan Gomes has emerged as one of the top catchers in the league.

However, the Indians need a lot more offensive firepower if they want to play baseball next October. The Tribe has given a lot of money to Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher, and both need to play a lot better next year.

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