The Indians dropped the series to Detroit last night 3-1 after the Tigers scored seven runs in the 11th inning to eventually take the win. Cleveland was outscored during the series 27-14. They are now five games behind Detroit and six games behind the Royals in the Central Division.
Trevor Bauer struggled out of the gate, allowing four runs in the first inning while facing ten batters. Bauer has now given up 16 ER in 22 starts this season and his opponents are hitting .282 against him in the first inning.
The Tribe is still in the Wild Card hunt, but it’s going to be a tough road ahead for them. They’ll see the Tigers again next weekend and will play both the Royals and Tampa Bay at the end of the month.
The Cavs hung on to beat Memphis last night in OT 91-83. Kyrie finished the first quarter with 14 points and by the end of the game he had racked up 28 points & six assists. Cleveland has now won back to back games since firing GM Chris Grant. Make sure to check out Kyrie’s ridiculous layup to send the Cavs to OT & Waiters dunk late last night.
Vinnie Pestano lost his arbitration case recently. He was looking for $1.45M, but will instead receive $975K. Pestano only pitched 35 1/3 innings in 2013, posting a 4.08 ERA with 9.4 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9. He injured his elbow during the World Baseball Classic and changed his delivery, so that may be partly to blame for the inflated ERA.
A Justin Masterson trade is still being talked about. He’s still in an arbitration battle with the Indians and is looking for $11.8M, while the Tribe has offered $8.05M. It’ll be interesting to watch this play out – we know that Masterson will start the season with the Indians. The questions is, will he be dealt midway in 2014?
There is a lot going on with the Browns: Pettine & Shannahan have been hired, Cleveland will have over $45M in cap space to resign or acquire free agents, and Draft Day 2014 is creeping up so speculation on who they will take at #4 is growing louder.
There is still chatter that the Browns will trade up to grab Johnny Manziel at #1 overall, but they could wait until #4 and take Teddy Bridgewater(If the draft gods are correct in their predictions). The Browns currently hold the #4 and #26 overall picks in the 2014 draft.
Devone Bess: He is owed $5.75M this year. Most Clevelanders agree that the Browns will sever ties with the WR on March 11 when the league year begins. The Browns could also file a grievance with the Miami Dolphins, who knew that Bess was hospitalized before being traded to Cleveland.
Honorable Mention: Chud has been hired by the Indianapolis Colts as “Special Assistant to the Head Coach”.
The Pheonix Suns came into Cleveland last night flat footed and the Cavs took advantage of that…for two quarters. After halftime the two teams seemed to have switched roles. Cleveland only scored six points in the third quarter – the lowest by any NBA team this season. They went 2-22 during that quarter and gave up their 20 point half time lead, eventually losing by nine.
“It was hard to watch,” Brown said. “Very disappointing. Our guys should be embarrassed by the way we played in the second half.”
It was hard for fans at the game too. They eventually resorted to booing the home team after their third quarter collapse.
Final Score 99-90.
Looking at the photo below you’d believe the Pro-Bowl was almost a real football game. Teammates were hitting each other. The defenses were actually trying. For the dozen or so Browns fans watching, there was one play that stuck out. T.J. Ward taking out Josh Gordon, sending him flipping through the air.
Ward wasn’t the only Brown to get on the highlight reel. Jordan Cameron had a touchdown in the fourth quarter and finished with 27 total yards. Josh Gordon had 66 yards receiving and a TD. Joe Haden had an interception. TJ Ward had the hit of the game. It was a good night to be a Browns fan.
Team Rice came away with a $53,000 for each player for their 22-21 win and Team Sanders received $23,000 per player.
There have been a lot of small headlines recently surrounding the Indians. Charlie Nagy is back in Cleveland as a pitching instructor. Jim Thome has a statue that will be unveiled in August at Progressive Field and could be headed for the Indians HOF soon.
A bigger headline is the negotiations surrounding Justin Masterson. He is currently in an arbitration battle with the Tribe and is looking for $11.8 million – Cleveland has offered $8.05M. If a deal doesn’t come together soon, things could get ugly. Masterson is looking at a pittcher like Matt Garza, who just received a $50M deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, and try to make the point that he’s worth $11M. Would the Tribe trade another ace if negotiations don’t pan out?
Other players that could head towards arbitration hearing with the Indians are Michael Brantley, Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano.
Rumors were swirling on Twitter about Bobby Abreu making a comeback to MLB. He didn’t play all of last year and is currently in Venezuela playing winter ball. He is hitting .322/.416/.461 with 10 doubles, three home runs in 50 games played in the Venezuelan Winter League. His numbers weren’t that great during his last stint with the LA Dodgers and Angels in 2012. In 257 at bats he hit .242/.350/.342 with three home runs and six stolen bases.
Now at age 39, his batting average against lefties has plummeted, he’s never been very good in the outfield and his power behind the plate has all but disappeared. With newly signed David Murphy & Jeff Francoeur, Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley in the OF, they don’t need Abreu.
Let’s hope Hoynsie is right that the Tribe is not interested.
Heard Tribe not all that interested in Bobby Abreu.
The Indians have been pretty quiet this winter. Their biggest signing so far was when David Murphy agreed to a two year deal. They also traded Drew Stubbs for LH reliever Josh Outman. I wouldn’t think that the Tribe is done this offseason. They still need need to add to their pitching staff and take a look at adding a big bat to the lineup.
Who’s left to sign?
Jason Bay – he signed with Seattle last year and struggled throughout the year. He could be a one year, DH option to sign.
Grand Balfour – The Orioles decided not to sign him after his physical so that could bring his price tag down and make him more affordable for the Indians.
Bronson Arroyo – He’s been consistent and hasn’t been injured as much as our pitching staff in the past. He could make a huge impact in Cleveland and the longer he stays on the market, the greater the chance that the Indians could sign him.
The Dodgers have signed Chris Perez to a one year deal, Kazmir has signed with Oakland, and Joe Smith signed a three year, $15.75M contract with the Angels. Ubaldo Jimenez is unlikely to return to Cleveland after testing the free agency waters. Cleveland’s bullpen with have to rely on Vinnie Pestano & John Axford to bounce back and have a good year.
There are a lot of question marks with the Indians pitching.