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N&N: Jose Ramirez finishes third in MVP voting for second straight year

Morning news and notes for Friday, November 16, 2018

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Ramirez finishes 3rd in AL MVP Award race | MLB

Ramirez followed up his stellar 2017 season with an equally (and in some ways, better) impressive 2018 campaign. He garnered a total of 208 points and had one second-place vote. Other Cleveland players who received MVP votes included Francisco Lindor (6th overall) and Trevor Bauer (22nd overall).

Around the league Mookie Betts took home the AL MVP award (and...

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Ramirez finishes 3rd in AL MVP Award race

Indians slugger Jose Ramirez finished third in voting for the American Leagu Most Valuable Player Award behind Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and runner-up Mike Trout of the Angels. It marked the second straight year in which Ramirez -- a dynamic switch-hitting infielder -- placed third in voting for the AL's top accolade.

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MLB free agents who will be overpaid this winter

As we head into MLB free agency, some of baseball’s biggest stars are about to get huge paydays. But for various reasons, the money might be a tad too much. In the case of our top two free agents, we don’t know if the money will equal great success for the teams that pay up. In other cases, the injury history of the players is concerning. Whatever the reason, these free agents are likely candidates to get overpaid this offseason. One thing that’s important to note is that saying...

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Merritt Rohlfing

Jose Ramirez is fantastic

Like, literally something you dream up in a fantasy of a perfect baseball player. How did he happen?

Jose Ramirez is on the final ballot for MVP this year, which is truly, amazingly excellent recognition for a truly, amazingly excellent player. He joins Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. Placed in this company, the Indians infielder suddenly seems a bit inferior. Mike Trout might be on pace to be a two or three player of all time. Mookie Betts’ 2018 was one of the greatest years in history. In...

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Indians trade Erik Gonzalez to Pittsburgh in five-player deal

Morning News and Notes for Thursday, November 15 Throw another outfielder on the pile! Yesterday, the Indians traded Erik Gonzalez and two 19-year-old pitchers who spent last season in Arizona for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff. Indians News Cleveland Indians send Erik Gonzalez to Pittsburgh Pirates in five-player trade | cleveland.com - They sent utility man Erik Gonzalez and two pitching prospects to the Pirates for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff....

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Indians acquire Jordan Luplow, Max Moroff in five-player trade with Pirates

The Indians announced Wednesday that they’ve acquired outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff from the Pirates in exchange for utility man Erik Gonzalez and minor league right-handers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza. The Pirates, too, have issued a press release announcing the move. In Luplow, Cleveland adds an outfield option to what was a perilously thin mix. The 2014 third-rounder has yet to find success in the big leagues, but he’s raked to the tune of a .300/.378/.479...

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Indians' Gonzalez in 5-player trade with Pirates

The Indians and Pirates have engaged in a five-player trade on Wednesday that included Cleveland infielder Erik Gonzalez.

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Bryce Harper in the Matrix

That title makes no sense, huh. THAT’S how you get readers. By being confusing

A couple days ago Cespedes Family BBQ tweeted out its Bryce Harper Free Agency Matrix. They do these for a lot of guys. Take a look:

It’s pretty self-explanatory. It also left me with many thoughts, feelings and opinions. Look at where they put the Cleveland logo. I just don’t have any firm position on this, but it’s definitely… something.

First of all, of course they could use him. It’s the...

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Bob Melvin, Brian Snitker are the 2018 Managers of the Year

Morning N&N for 11/14/2018

The BBWAA has spoken and the 2018 Managers of the Year are Bob Melvin and Brian Snitker.

Melvin beat out Kevin Cash and the World Series champion and Snitker beat out Craig Counsell and the World Series loser.

I would argue that Cash and Counsell should have won, but who really wants to debate this? Paul Molitor was foolishly chosen last year and I don’t think he would have traded his job for the award.

I do distinctly remember Melvin clearly out-managing Terry...

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Indians president downplays possibility of team dealing Corey Kluber

Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti appeared on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM today and briefly touched on the recent suggestions that his club would entertain the possibility of dealing a veteran such as Corey Kluber (Twitter link, with audio). Antonetti downplayed the possibility and emphasized that Cleveland is in a good spot in the sense that the roster is rife with players whom other teams covet — Kluber included. While that basic fact leads to many discussions,...

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Assessing the Indians' free agent market

Who fits the Indians and who fits the payroll? Let’s get a couple things out of the way. Yes, the Indians are listening to offers for some of their best players not named Francisco Lindor or Jose Ramirez. Yes, the realities of the Cleveland market and hosting only two postseason games since 2016—as well as the Dolan’s desire to not run the club at a loss, even temporarily—means the Tribe has limited financial maneuverability. However, until someone other than Jon Heyman reports that...

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Tyler Griffith

N&N: Shohei Ohtani, Ronald Acuña Jr. are the 2018 ROY Winners

Morning news and notes for Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Inbox: How much will Lindor earn in arbitration? | MLB

He may not break the arbitration record set by Kris Bryant last year, but the man is going to get paid...and paid...and paid. Hopefully by the Cleveland Indians.

Around the league Shohei Ohtani has been named the AL Rookie of the Year (and it wasn’t even close). Ronald Acuña Jr. has been named the NL Rookie of the Year (and it wasn’t even...

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How much will Lindor earn in arbitration?

Does Francisco Lindor set a first-year arbitration salary record?

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N&N: Corey Kluber is worth a lot on the trade market

Here’s to a great week!

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What you get when you acquire Corey Kluber | Beyond the Box Score

An absolute ace. Whatever happens this offseason, Kluber will always be one of my favorites.

The Indians are open to a trade and have the talent to do it | cleveland.com

What will they do?!? From Paul Hoynes:

Still, the Indians know they have big holes to fill in the outfield and bullpen. To do that they’re going to attempt to thread the needle -- trade one or two of their talented...

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Michael Brantley, Wilson Ramos top list of Braves free agent targets

Michael Brantley and Wilson Ramos are near the top of the Braves’ list of potential free agent targets, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman this week. Given the two players’ age and injury histories, however, Bowman feels Brantley and Ramos are “nothing more than secondary options” for Atlanta at this point. At this early juncture in the offseason, the Braves (and every other team) are likely making inquiries about just about every free agent that fits their needs, so it’s too...

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Tyler Griffith

N&N: The Indians may be trading starting pitching this winter

Morning news and notes for Sunday, November 11, 2018

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What kind of king’s ransom will the Cleveland Indians demand for a starting pitcher? Hey, Hoynsie | Cleveland.com

Probably some outfield and bullpen help.

Cleveland Indians: Talking trading a pitcher, front office -- Terry Pluto | Cleveland.com

If the Indians are trading starting pitching, it may be Kluber, Carrasco, or Bauer that’s moving on.

Around the league Justin Verlander and Kate Upton...

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So long, Joe Mauer

Morning News and Notes for Saturday, November 10, 2018

After 15 seasons of torturing the Indians, Joe Mauer has called it a career

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Cubs' Carl Edwards Jr. Blue Jays' Joe Biagini claim final arbitration spots - Indians reliever Nick Goody among 25 Super 2s to gain arbitration eligibility

Minor MLB Transactions: 11/9/18 - MLB Trade Rumors - LGFT news - Gio Urshela to stay a Yankee. Evan Marshall signs minor league deal with White Sox. -

Hall of Famer Jim Thome to be Honored...

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Here's what Indians did in AFL on Friday

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Friday:

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N&N: Lindor and Ramirez win the Silver Slugger awards again

Morning news and notes for Friday, November 9. 2018

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6 NL first-timers among Silver Slugger honorees | MLB

The NL had some fresh faces take home the honors this year, but the dynamic duo of Lindor/Ramirez once again took home Silver Slugger awards for SS and 3B. This is the first time that a pair of Indians players have won the award in back-to-back seasons since Roberto Alomar and Manny Ramirez did it in 1999-2000.

30 best power prospects -- 1 for each team...

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