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Morning News and Notes for November 20, 2019

Hu’s on LGT | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Morning News and Notes for November 20, 2019. This is it. You found it this Wednesday!

It’s that time of year when, in this new era of MLB owner restraint, you don’t even expect any non-relief pitchers to switch teams.

Sometimes, you come to LGT in late-November to pump out eleven comments about Chih-Wei Hu, and sometimes it’s to throw another prayer on the Don’t Trade Frankie pile.

So yes, the Indians have 3.4 WAR sitting there...

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How the Indians can win the relief market

Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images Shuffling from depth or dealing from strength could make the Tribe stronger in 2020 When the best bullpen arm in the 2020 free agent market, Will Smith, signed with the Braves last week, it put the Indians in an enviable position. It didn’t set the Tribe up to sign any other free agents (a laughable thought as we debate paying Francisco Lindor market value or not), nor did it cement the Indians as the best American League bullpen or any other such...

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Blake Ruane

2019 in Review: Trevor Bauer

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The former first round draft pick was not able to re-capture the magic from 2018

Trevor Bauer started the season as an American League Cy Young candidate.

He ended it wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform and a 4.48 ERA, with his last act as a member of the Cleveland Indians chucking a ball over the center field wall at Kauffman Stadium. It was a bizarre season for Bauer, but a fitting end considering his tumultuous tenure with the Tribe.

The former first round...

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N&N: Cliff Lee appears on Hall of Fame Ballot

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Morning news and notes for Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Tribe news

Lee joins Vizquel and Manny on 2020 HOF ballot | MLB

Five LGFT members are on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot.

Omar Vizquel one of 14 returning candidates for baseball’s Hall ofo Fame as BBWAA releases official ballot | Cleveland.com

It’s time for the annual “Is Omar Vizquel a Hall of Famer?” conversation.

Around the league There are 18 new faces on the HoF...

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Franmil Reyes is a rare breed

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports The Indians haven’t had many like him. Where that leads is up to him Franmil Reyes is a big happy chunk of ball destruction, and we love him for it. It’s hard to think of a young Indians player in the last decade or so with as much realized potential to murder baseballs so absolutely, and at such a young age, as Reyes does. The way they draft in this era typically doesn’t end up with such min-max kind of players, or ones that work out anyway. We’ll see...

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N&N: Mahoning Valley Scrappers could lose spot in Indians’ farm system

Morning news and notes for Monday, November 18, 2019

Here’s to a great week!

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Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Indians Short-Season Single-A affliate, could lose MLB ties | NYTimes

The Scrappers are one of 42 teams rumored to be on the way out.

Around the League Mike Moustakas and the multi-year deal LGFT Drew Pomeranz is now a highly coveted reliever Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right finger

More Astros fun . . .

What we were told: Astros set up a monitor between dugout and...

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N&N: The Astros are still cheaters

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Morning news and notes for Sunday, November 17, 2019

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Tribe news

Not much.

Around the league Vera Clemente, MLB ambassador and wife of Roberto Clemente, passed away at age 81.

More evidence that the Astros are a cheating baseball organization.

More takes on the Astros and sign stealing:

Oh no ... pic.twitter.com/fVpqXxtxWI

— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 16, 2019


— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) November 17,...

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N&N: MLB approves stupid rules

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News and Notes for Saturday, November 16, 2019

The stupid rule changes have been approved for 2020.

Tribe News

Tito's dismay: 3-batter rule expected to be OK'd by MLB owners: The week in baseball - cleveland.com - Indians manager Terry Francona is going to have to change the way he runs a bullpen in 2020 and beyond.

Cleveland Indians: Terry’s Talkin’ Houston Astros cheating, Francisco Lindor rumors - cleveland.com - It’s a safe bet former Tribe...

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Complexity of Francisco Lindor trade makes it unlikely

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The logistics of trading Francisco Lindor and getting equal value back is simply too much

Just about every angle of the Francisco Lindor trade story has been covered already, and we are still far from the hot stove being even lukewarm. This is our lives now, probably until somewhere around July 31, 2021.

Over at MLB.com, Anthony Castrovince laid out all of the reasons why it makes sense to trade Lindor now. That is why we will hear this story hashed out...

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When Zach Plesac was Shane Bieber

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports It’s not as amazing as you’d think In a year where the rotation was troubled by every conceivable problem and worry imaginable, Indians rookie Zach Plesac was a pleasant surprise. While he wasn’t perfect by any stretch, likely outpaced by Aaron Civale for “Most Impressive Rookie Pitcher”, Plesac ate up 115 innings and offered a solid if unspectacular 3.81 ERA. With just 88 strikeouts and a 1.23 WHIP though, there’s worry that he may regress in some way....

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N&N: Trout, Bellinger win MVP Awards

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Morning news and notes for Friday, November 15, 2019

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Here’s the best athlete in all 30 farm systems | MLB

Daniel Johnson gets these honors for the Tribe.

Around the league Mike Trout won his 3rd AL MVP Award. Cody Bellinger was the first Dodger position player to win the NL MVP Award since 1988. Hey look, Paul Hoynes got it right! Jake Odorizzi and Jose Abreu have accepted qualifying offers. MLB has contacted...

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Indians try to put kibosh on Francisco Lindor trade speculation

We may be in for weeks of speculation on Indians superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor, who’s a potential trade candidate because he’s running out of team control and unlikely to sign an extension.  For instance, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com runs down reasons to trade Lindor now that he’s down to his second-to-last year of arbitration eligibility, while Paul Hoynes of cleveland.com names potential in-house replacements for the long haul should the Indians deal the 26-year-old...

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Former MLB slugger Mike Napoli to join Cubs' training staff

The Cubs will add former MLB slugger Mike Napoli to their coaching staff, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (link). Napoli is expected to serve as the club’s quality assurance coach, per Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic (link). As Sharma notes, Napoli was a teammate of new Cubs manager David Ross while a member of the Red Sox in 2013. Most fans will remember Napoli as a thumping catcher and first baseman responsible for 267 home runs in an MLB career that spanned 12 seasons. Aside from...

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Indians young starting pitching drawing interest on trade market

Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images No one is untouchable, but good luck getting Shane Bieber According to John Heyman, the Cleveland Indians are — not surprisingly — receiving a lot of interest in their young core of starting pitchers. Namely Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale, and Zach Plesac. As Heyman notes, it’s not going to be easy to get any of these guys but it’s also not hard to see either Civale or Plesac being traded at some point if one of them isn’t shifted to the bullpen....

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N&N: Players react to revelations about Houston Astros cheating

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Morning News and Notes for Thursday, November 14

The news that the Houston Astros cheated is not news to everyone.

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Cleveland Indians pitchers — past and present — react to Astros cheating implications - cleveland.com

You can hardly blame Cleveland Indians players for being among those in Major League Baseball saying “told you so” after news broke Tuesday that the Houston Astros used technology to steal signs during their run to the 2017...

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Indians going patchless in 2020

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The ugly guitar patch is gone for good, at least

In a statement to The Athletic, the Indians offered a tepid look at their uniform plans going forward while also leaving the door open for more changes later on.

While we continue to evaluate the potential of introducing another alternate logo, we have elected not to replace the All-Star Game patch on the jersey for the 2020 season. We are one of five teams to not have a sleeve patch on any of our...

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N&N: Rosenthal: Astros cheated on way to 2017 championship

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Morning N&N for November 13, 2019

As an Indians fan, you were certainly aware of the allegations that the Houston Astros cheat. Well, yesterday Ken Rosenthal reported that the Astros are, in fact, cheaters.

Specifically, in 2017, when they did so electronically.

The Astros, as they do seemingly daily, released a statement.


• The Indians farm system is strong and young.


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There's reportedly a huge trade market for Indians star Francisco Lindor

It was noted immediately after the 2019 season that the Cleveland Indians could move four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor. The idea behind these rumors were obvious. Cleveland could very well be in cost-cutting mode. As one of the best shortstops in the game, the soon-to-be 26-year-old Lindor would not come cheaply over the long term. Now according to this report from Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Cleveland is receiving a ton of calls about the stud youngster. Heyman goes on to note...

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Francisco Lindor Expected to Stay with Indians Next Season Despite Trade Rumors

Francisco Lindor is reportedly receiving significant interest on the trade market, but the Cleveland Indians don't seem to be in a rush to trade their superstar shortstop...

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Kevin Plawecki participated in 2019

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports He’s a backup catcher, what were you really expecting? With the 2015-18 Cleveland Indians being the exception, nobody really cares about backup catchers. Usually you see them on Sundays and getaway days, giving the starter a chance to rest his knees, usually batting eighth or ninth and typically just sort of being a person that plays baseball. If ever there was a way to succinctly describe Kevin Plawecki, that’s it. For 418 innings this year he spelled starter...

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