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Lewie Pollis – BallHyped Blog Network http://ballhyped.com Hyping up the best sports blogs and bloggers. Get posting. Get voting. Get Hyped! Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:04:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Weekly Wroundtable: Should Indians Sign Manny Ramirez? http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/weekly-wroundtable-should-indians-sign-manny-ramirez/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:06:30 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/weekly-wroundtable-should-indians-sign-manny-ramirez/

TweetThe thought of “Manny being Manny” in Cleveland again has elicited a wide variety of reactions, from the extremely supportive to the over-the-top negative. In the interest of keeping the debate going, in this edition of the Wahoo’s on First Weekly Wroundtable, we asked: Should the Indians sign Manny Ramirez?

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Indians Agree to Sign Outfielder Ryan Spilborghs http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-agree-to-sign-outfielder-ryan-spilborghs/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:05:43 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-agree-to-sign-outfielder-ryan-spilborghs/

TweetJust a day after signing the Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms with free agent Ryan Spilborghs, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The deal is a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training, according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. Spilborghs, 32, was non-tendered by the Colorado Rockies this winter after a disappointing 2011 campaign […]

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Kevin Goldstein Releases 2012 Indians Top Prospect List http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/kevin-goldstein-releases-2012-indians-top-prospect-list/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:04:38 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/kevin-goldstein-releases-2012-indians-top-prospect-list/

TweetBaseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein became the latest prospect guru to chime in on the Indians’ farm system this week when he released his 2012 Top 20 list for the Cleveland organization. Topping the list—surprise, surprise—is shortstop Francisco Lindor, the Tribe’s first-round pick in the 2011 MLB amateur draft.

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Indians Sign Justin Masterson: A Good Deal For a Great Pitcher http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-sign-justin-masterson-a-good-deal-for-a-great-pitcher/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:03:41 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-sign-justin-masterson-a-good-deal-for-a-great-pitcher/

TweetIf Justin Masterson were a free agent today, what kind of a contract would he get? Take a look at Masterson’s resume. He’s 26 years old and is coming off a season in which he went 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA, a 124 ERA+, and a groundball rate of 55 percent in 216 innings. You […]

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Will Indians Pitchers Get More Strikeouts Under Scott Radinsky? http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/will-indians-pitchers-get-more-strikeouts-under-scott-radinsky/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:02:38 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/will-indians-pitchers-get-more-strikeouts-under-scott-radinsky/

TweetWhen the news broke at the end of the season that Indians pitching coach Tim Belcher would be stepping down from his post, I made note of the similarity between the Tribe staff’s light-on-strikeouts approach to pitching during his tenure and the pitch-to-contact disposition Belcher exhibited during his own playing career.

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Indians Sign Chris Perez: Is New Deal an Overpay? http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-sign-chris-perez-is-new-deal-an-overpay/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:00:38 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-sign-chris-perez-is-new-deal-an-overpay/

TweetAt least one of the players Cleveland re-inked on this week may have gotten a bigger contract than he deserved. Tribe closer Chris Perez certainly isn’t a bad signing for $4.5 million—arbitration deals come at a discount—but the deal does suggest an implicit overestimation of what Perez is really worth.

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Orlando Cabrera Retires http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/orlando-cabrera-retires/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:59:08 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/orlando-cabrera-retires/

TweetFormer Indian Orlando Cabrera has played his last MLB game. The 15-year veteran infielder announced his retirement on Wednesday. Cabrera, 37, signed with the Indians last winter and appeared in 91 games for the Tribe. He hit .244/.277/.321 with 4 home runs, 38 RBI, and -0.6 fWAR before being traded to the Giants for outfield […]

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Indians Sign Jack Hannahan: A Great Glove at a Great Price http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-sign-jack-hannahan-a-great-glove-at-a-great-price/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:58:16 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-sign-jack-hannahan-a-great-glove-at-a-great-price/

TweetOf the players to come to terms with Cleveland on Tuesday, Jack Hannahan got the smallest payday with a one-year, $1.135 million deal. But the low price shouldn’t be seen as an indicator of the deal’s significance. Given how much Hannahan is worth to the Indians, a salary figure that barely reaches seven digits is […]

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Indians Sign Shin-Soo Choo: Choo Still Ridiculously Underrated http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-sign-shin-soo-choo-choo-still-ridiculously-underrated/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:57:19 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-sign-shin-soo-choo-choo-still-ridiculously-underrated/

TweetTuesday was an extremely busy day for the Indians’ front office. With the deadline for players and teams to submit arbitration figures at noon EST, five of the Tribe’s seven arbitration-eligible players bypassed the arbitration process and agreed to contracts for 2012. The most high-profile and expensive of these players was right fielder Shin-Soo Choo.

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Indians Sign Joe Smith: A Bargain Deal for a Solid Arm http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-sign-joe-smith-a-bargain-deal-for-a-solid-arm/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:56:32 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/indians-sign-joe-smith-a-bargain-deal-for-a-solid-arm/

TweetOf the five players the Indians re-signed Tuesday, Joe Smith might have the lowest profile—great as he was out of the bullpen this year, the 27-year-old right-hander is a relief pitcher, and not one who sees much action in high-leverage situations. But if for no other reason, that the two sides have agreed to a […]

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Reviewing the 2012 Indians Top Prospect Rankings http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/reviewing-the-2012-indians-top-prospect-rankings/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:55:37 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/reviewing-the-2012-indians-top-prospect-rankings/

TweetBoth Baseball America and John Sickels released their top prospects lists in the last two weeks, and each offered a different look at the Indians’ farm system. When two so well-respected sources both offer their opinions, it raises some interesting questions: What did they agree on? How did they differ? And how did they do?

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Happy Anniversary: The Shin-Soo Choo Trade http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/happy-anniversary-the-shin-soo-choo-trade/ Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:54:51 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/21/happy-anniversary-the-shin-soo-choo-trade/

TweetThe Cleveland Indians have made a number of great deals with the Seattle Mariners in recent years. We got Asdrubal Cabrera for Eduardo Perez, Ezequiel Carrera for Russell Branyan, and—if you go back far enough—Omar Vizquel for Reggie Jefferson and Felix Fermin. But there’s another deal that might actually have been the best of all, […]

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