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Nick Swisher’s Return is Key to Cleveland Indians’ Success

January 26th, 2015 at 8:21 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Nick Swisher is optimistic about his chances to help the Cleveland Indians after he returns from double knee surgery.

Swisher hit only .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBI before the team shut him down for the season in August.

He told the team website that his knees were so bad last year that he had to crawl to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

"That probably should've been something where I really should've said to myself, 'Something's wrong,'" he said.

The Indians' limited budget means that they need all hands on deck to keep pace with the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and American League champion Kansas City Royals, especially in the slugging department.

Swisher, Jason Kipnis, Michael Bourn and newcomer Brandon Moss all need to stay healthy if the Tribe will have a chance at success in 2015.

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Where Does Gavin Floyd Fit in the Cleveland Indians’ Rotation?

January 14th, 2015 at 9:24 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Gavin Floyd fulfilled the Cleveland Indians’ offseason wish for a veteran starting pitcher, but where he fits depends on his ability to bounce back from a broken elbow.

Cleveland’s young starting rotation roared down the stretch and almost single-handedly propelled the Tribe into the playoffs.

However, the Indians have learned from one year earlier that bringing back the same cast of young starters doesn’t always produce the same results.

Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister were both sent to the minors last year, although Salazar bounced back strong in the second half of the season.

So the only starting pitcher the Indians can count on in 2015 is Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber.

Even Carlos Carrasco, who posted a stellar 1.30 ERA over his final 10 starts, needs to prove over an entire season that he can be a solid No. 2 starter.

Salazar has the inside track on the No. 3 position, but he has to start the season stronger than he did last year.

That leaves Floyd, Trevor Bauer, TJ House, Josh Tomlin and McAllister to battle for the last two spots in the rotation.

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Cleveland Indians Scheduled Tribe Fest 2015 for Jan. 24-25

January 8th, 2015 at 7:42 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Cleveland Indians fans can get autographs at the third annual Tribe Fest, scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 24-25.

Tickets are available at the team website for three sessions: Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Jan. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m.; and Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults pay $10 and kids get in for free with advance tickets.

Indians alumni will appear at the autograph sessions, along with current players Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes, Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Cody Allen, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Carrasco, Michael Bourn, Trevor Bauer, Mike Aviles, T.J. House, Lonnie Chisenhall, Mark Rzepczynski, Jose Ramirez, Roberto Perez, Danny Salazar, Nick Swisher and Bryan Shaw.

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Cleveland Indians Hope Starter Gavin Floyd Bounces Back from Broken Elbow

December 18th, 2014 at 6:34 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians bolstered their starting rotation by signing Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Floyd was a solid starter for the Chicago White Sox from 2008 to 2012.

He underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2013 while pitching for the White Sox.

Floyd came back last season and posted a 2-2 record with the Atlanta Braves.

Floyd has the chance to earn up to $6 million more if he stays healthy and eats some innings for the Tribe.

General manager Chris Antonetti said Floyd will compete for the No. 5 spot in the Tribe rotation.

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Cleveland Indians Trade for Oakland A’s Slugger Brandon Moss

December 8th, 2014 at 7:43 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians took advantage of the Oakland Athletics' allergy to power hitters by acquiring All-Star Brandon Moss.

When the Indians noticed the A's had traded Yoenis Cespedes (22 home runs) and Josh Donaldson (29 home runs), the Tribe relieved Oakland of Moss (25 home runs).

The left-handed hitting Moss hit only .231 last year, but he drove in 81 runs. He plays first base and outfield.

Fortunately, Moss only made $4.1 million last year, so even if he gets a raise in arbitration, the Tribe should still have at least $8 million left to spend this winter.

To acquire Moss, Cleveland gave up Joey Wendle, who hit .253 for the Class AA Akron Rubber Ducks. He hit eight homers and collected 50 RBI.

Oakland general manager Billy Beane, who was portrayed by Brad Pitt in the movie "Moneyball," continues to baffle the baseball world with his pursuit of cheap players who draw lots of walks.

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