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Oakland Sends Brandon Moss To Cleveland For Prospect Joe Wendle

The Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians have completed a trade that will send slugger Brindon Moss to the Indians in exchange for second base prospect Joe Wendle. Moss has hit more than 20 home runs in three straight seasons. Moss is a career .248 hitter with a .326 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage and .786 OPS in 625 games. Wendle, who will turn 25 in April, hit .265/.326/.425 in 93 minor league games in 2014, including .253/.311/.414 with eight home runs and 20 doubles in 87 games for Double-A Akron. Oakland Athletics Rumors As... 
 

AL Cy Young Candidates: Cleveland Indians Corey Kluber

Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber turned in a dominant performance Saturday night, hurling a complete game against the Chicago White Sox. Kluber registered eight strikeouts without issuing a walk, and allowed one unearned run on five hits. It was the latest in a string of dominant performance for Kluber, who has posted a 1.49 ERA in the second half, with a 28.6 percent strikeout rate. While Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has seemed to have a death grip on the Cy Young award, Kluber is a legitimate challenger. Hernandez has struggled... 
 

Cleveland Indians Send Asdrubal Cabrera to Nationals

The Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals agreed on a deal that will send infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Indians in exchange for minor-league shortstop Zach Walters. Cabrera, 28, is batting .246/.305/.386 (96 OPS+) in 97 games for the Indians this season. Across parts of eight big-league seasons, the two-time All-Star owns a slash line of .270/.331/.410 and is in the final year of a three year $21.05 million contract. Walters, 24, has an OPS of .797 in 52 major-league plate appearances. In the minors, Walters has hit .280/.327/.479... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Indians Could Deal Cabrera or Masterson

The Cleveland Indians are in a tough spot. At 52-53, they are in the mix for a playoff berth. Cool Standings gives them a 24 percent chance of reaching the playoffs. However, most of that is tied to a second wild card berth. There’s very little chance of catching the Detroit Tigers, so at best they would be playing the Los Angeles Angels or Oakland Athletics on the road in a one game playoff. Accordingly, it seems likely that they will hedge their bets and focus on smaller moves. Two players that the Indians could move are Justin Masterson,... 
 

MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through his age-31 season while guaranteeing him approximately $100 million of new money. Here are some players that are good candidates for contract extensions before the season begins.  Max... 
 

Carroll, Nix, Francoeur, Slowey, Minor Moves Roundup

Jamey Carroll, Jayson Nix, Jeff Francoeur and Kevin Slowey recently signed minor league deals. Slowey, a 29 year-old right-hander, signed with the Miami Marlins. He threw 92 innings for the Marlins in 2013, posting an ERA of 4.11 and an FIP of 3.81. For his career, he’s walked only 3.8 percent of hitters while striking out 17.7 percent. With a fastball that sits at 89-90, and one of the lowest groundball rates of any starter in the majors, Slowey has had troubles with the longball, as shown by a career 1.4 HR/9. He’ll face stiff... 
 

Gerrit Cole and Danny Salazar, Aces on Your Radar

Who were two hardest throwing starting pitchers in baseball in 2013? The correct answer is Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Danny Salazar of the Cleveland Indians, who each averaged a touch over 96 miles per hour. Miami Marlins hurler Nathan Eovaldi would have been a sufficient answer as well, but he’s far less interesting. Cole and Salazar made waves in their somewhat limited major league innings in 2013 with their big-time stuff. I’ll go out on a limb and say both are bona-fide aces in 2014. The question is, which... 
 

Rockies Trades Land Drew Stubbs and Franklin Morales

The Colorado Rockies have made two trades. In one deal they acquired lefthanded pitcher Franklin Morales from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera. Ian Brown and Thomas Harding of MLB.com reported the trade. Morales, who turns 28 in January, pitched for the Rockies from 2007 to 2011 before he was acquired by the Red Sox for cash considerations. He has solid stuff, but has struggled with his control throughout his professional career, walking 11.5 percent of hitters. Before a shoulder injury prematurely ended his 2012... 
 

Cleveland Indians Reach Agreement to Sign John Axford

The Cleveland Indians reached an agreement with John Axford according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Axford’s contract is believed to be a one-year deal as he has two years of arbitration eligibility after this year. Earlier this offseason, the 30 year-old reliever was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals. Axford, who was signed by the New York Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 2006, had a strong run with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he served as their closer from 2010-12, though he lost the job in 2012 when a bout of wildness... 
 

Cleveland Indians Will Listen to Offers For Justin Masterson

Under Terry Francona‘s guidance in his first season along the shores of Lake Erie, they surprised baseball pundits and gained a wild card berth. They appear poised to contend for a post-season spot in 2013, but that could change if they part ways with rotation ace Justin Masterson. Masterson, who was acquired by the Indians from the Red Sox in the 2009 trade deadline deal that shipped Victor Martinez to Boston, is just 28, and he posted a 14-10 record with a 3.45 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 195 strikeouts in 193 innings. Yet he is in his final year... 
 

Cleveland Indians Finalize Deal With David Murphy

The Cleveland Indians announced that they had finalized an agreement with free-agent outfielder David Murphy on a two-year deal that includes a club option for 2016. The deal is reportedly worth $12 million.  The deal was contingent on Murphy passing a physical and the physical is done. Last season, the 32-year-old Murphy posted career lows in batting average (.220), on-base percentage (.282) and slugging percentage (.374) in 142 games for Texas. Murphy Murphy can play all three outfield positions and will likely platoon in right for Cleveland... 
 

Cleveland Indians Reach Agreement with David Murphy

The Cleveland Indians have reached an agreement with free-agent outfielder David Murphy on a two-year deal worth $12 million. According to John Heyman the deal includes an option for third-year.  The deal is contingent on Murphy passing a physical. Murphy, 32,  had a somewhat disappointing 2013 season for the Texas Rangers hitting just .220/.282/.374 with 13 home runs in 142 games, but the Indians  are banking on the 2008- 2012 Murphy when he hit 283/.346/.449 (108 OPS+) and averaged 18 homers and 31 doubles per 162 games played. Murphy will... 
 

Francona, Hurdle Named 2013 Managers of the Year

The Cleveland Indians Terry Francona and Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle were honored as the top managers in baseball by the BBWAA. Francona led the Indians to a 24 game improvement , the largest improvement in franchise history and earned the No. 1 wild-card spot in the American League. The Indians went 21-6 in September and ended the season on a 10-game winning streak. Francona had heart years in Boston as the Red Sox manage winning two World Series championships from 2004 through 2011, but was never voted Manager of the Year. Francona... 
 

Cleveland Indians Ubaldo Jimenez’ Turnaround in 2013

I previously wrote about how Corey Kluber has been a big key to the Cleveland Indians’ turnaround 2013 season. Similarly important has been the second-half performance of Ubaldo Jimenez.  The Indians hurler has the lowest second-half ERA in the AL. The big righthander was acquired from the Colorado Rockies in 2011 in a deadline deal in which the Indians gave up prospect Drew Pomeranz and several less-touted names. His 2011 performance with the Indians was better than his ERA would suggest, but a far cry from his 2009-10 seasons when... 
 

Corey Kluber’s Emergence Big Key for Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians are on the verge of securing a wild-card berth, which would be their first playoff appearance since 2007. The Indians have depended in no small part on some unexpected contributions from their starting rotation. Scott Kazmir, who spent 2012 pitching for the Sugarland Skeeters and Gigantes de Carolina has regained his fastball velocity and returned to his 2005-08 form. Zach McAllister has been solid, and flamethrowing Danny Salazar has returned from Tommy John surgery and been strong since his callup. The most significant... 
 
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