Cleveland Indians news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:23:07 -0800
Fantasy Tip: His 2014 season was marred by injuries, but Swisher had eclipsed 20 home runs in his previous nine seasons. He could be worth a flier in traditional mixed leagues as a cheap source of power.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:33:25 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Moss likely will take some time during spring training to prepare for the regular season. His eligibility at first base and as an outfielder should help his value, and he should be an option in the middle rounds of mixed leagues because of his power potential.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:22:56 -0800
Cleveland Indians OF Brandon Moss (hip) said Tuesday, Feb. 24, that he is feeling very good after offseason hip surgery. He has looked surprisingly good in running drills. He is extremely optimistic about his chances of being ready for opening day.
Fantasy Tip: Moss has a very good bat, and he posted 25 homers with 81 RBIs in 147 games as a member of the Oakland Athletics despite a nagging hip injury. He could be a cheap source of power for FantasyScore owners in 2015.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:12:08 -0800
Fantasy Tip: This is not the news fantasy owners want to hear, as Brantley came into his own as a power-speed threat last season. This could be "better safe than sorry" mode, but keep an eye on Brantley as camp progresses. David Murphy could see more outfield time if Brantley is unable to play. If healthy, Brantley is a decent fantasy option for all AL and mixed leagues.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:33:55 -0800
Fantasy Tip: This could be the year for Lindor, who has been high on the Indians' prospect watch list for the past couple years. Keep an eye on his progress. Lindor may be a decent pickup for long-range and keeper leagues.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:00:44 -0800
Cleveland Indians SS Jose Ramirez impressed the coaching staff by reporting to camp lighter after gaining some weight over the winter. Manager Terry Francona's message "about taking charge" seems to have resonated with the youngster.
Fantasy Tip: Ramirez, just 22 years old, is slated to open the year as the team's starting shortstop. He's an impressive youngster who hit .262 with two home runs in 68 games last year, and he added 10 stolen bases. He's more of a candidate for AL-only leagues, but he could find his way to being useful in deep mixed leagues throughout the season.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:51:36 -0800
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco, who was one of the most dominant pitchers in the league down the stretch last year (1.30 ERA with 78 walks and 11 K's in 69 innings), used his slider much more last season. The slider re-emerged when Carrasco was banished to the bullpen last year. He had thrown it just 12.7% of the time in April, but it went up to 19.8% in May, 25% in June and 21.2% in August and 29.4% in September. "When he came back from surgery (in '13), the slider wasn't quite the same as it was before, so he stayed away from it more than he had in the past," pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. "Last year, he really found that slider again -- that power slider where he really trusted that it was going to get down and away."
Fantasy Tip: As Castrovince mentions in his piece, Carrasco is set up to be the team's next pitching star beside Corey Kluber. You have to love the way Carrasco finished up his 2014 campaign. If he can carry that momentum into this season, he'll be one of the best value picks late in drafts, and he could be the X-factor for your fantasy pitching staff.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:14:45 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Chen seemingly has been around forever, and the past few seasons he has been forgotten about on draft day in AL-only fantasy leagues. However, he seems to re-emerge as a useful option from time to time when he gets on a roll, and he just isn't going away. Don't be surprised in May or June if you're looking for a pitcher on the waiver wire and are tempted to add Chen again.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:14:05 -0800
Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin (elbow) is now one year removed from Tommy John surgery and he is in the hunt for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring. "He's going to help us. We can't make our roster out today, but he's in a good position to be successful," manager Terry Francona said Sunday, Feb. 22.
Fantasy Tip: Tomlin has proven in the past to be a very good fantasy option when he is going well, but he needs to prove his health and obviously win a job before returning to the radar of fantasy owners.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:13:12 -0800
Cleveland Indians SP T.J. House is in the battle for the fifth rotation spot with the team this spring. "He's left-handed. He showed he could pitch in the A.L. He showed up this spring in much better shape than he has in the past. You can tell he knows he's fighting for a job," manager Terry Francona said Sunday, Feb. 22.
Fantasy Tip: House pitched well in spurts last season and could be a welcome addition to AL-only fantasy rosters if he wins a rotation spot.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:11:13 -0800
Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar is in the running for the fifth rotation spot, and manager Terry Francona said Sunday, Feb. 22, that Salazar is much further along than he was at this time last season.
Fantasy Tip: Salazar is competing for a spot in a crowded Cleveland rotation, and he needs a good spring to avoid starting out in Columbus. His fantasy appeal will be determined in the next few weeks.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:10:05 -0800
Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister is expected to break camp with the team due to the fact he is out of options, and he proved last season he could pitch out of the bullpen as well as serve as a starter. "I think he's really excited to know he's going to be on the ballclub," manager Terry Francona said Sunday, Feb. 22.
Fantasy Tip: McAllister's role is yet to be determined, therefore his fantasy outlook is up in the air at the moment. If he works in a long relief role he is only worth a look in rotisserie formats for help in the ERA and WHIP categories. If he can win a rotation job he will obviously have more appeal.
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:16:25 -0800
Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer impressed pitching coach Mickey Callaway Friday, Feb. 20, with the refinements he made to his two-seam fastball and splitter in the offseason. "It was probably the best command we've seen out of him, especially for the first time," Callaway said. "It's got that axis of spin that he was looking for in the offseason. That's going to contribute to the movement that he wants. Obviously, it's still a work in progress for the consistency of it, but I definitely saw some pitches [Friday] that had some pretty good movement." Bauer spent portions of the offseason consulting various pitching specialists and reviewing slow-motion footage of his delivery to make adjustments.
Fantasy Tip: Bauer has failed to live up to his hype thus far, but he still has immense potential. He's worth a flyer for the back end of your mixed league rotations.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:04:06 -0800
Cleveland Indians 1B/OF Brandon Moss (hip) is expected to be cleared for spring training games by mid-March. Moss is completing a hitting and running progression, and he has cleared every hurdle thus far. He has built up to sprints and begun overhand-toss hitting activities. He'll begin position-specific running drills in the next seven to 10 days.
Fantasy Tip: Moss was a diamond in the rough during his big first half last season. One must wonder if he can repeat it, but he'll be a solid midrange corner infielder in traditional leagues.
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:19:39 -0800
Cleveland Indians SP Gavin Floyd (elbow) has looked "really good" and the ball is coming out of his hand "really well," according to pitching coach Mickey Callaway. Manager Terry Francona said Floyd will be eased along with an extra side day, a B game or a simulated game during spring training, and they plan to keep an eye on Floyd.
Fantasy Tip: Floyd has missed significant time -- just 14 starts -- over the past two seasons, and when healthy, he was only a fringe fantasy contributor. However, he did flash a respectable line with the Braves last season sporting a 2.65 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 45 strikeouts over 54.3 innings through nine starts. Still, Floyd is currently best left for AL-only formats, where he is a low-end starter. There is also the chance he doesn't earn a spot in the rotation, so check back for updates on his progress through spring training.
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