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Cleveland Indians Offseason News, Notes, and Rumors

Discussion in '(MLB) Cleveland Indians' started by sgm405, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. sgm405

    sgm405 NBA Starter

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    Some Sizemore notes from Buster Olney:

    If the Indians let Sizemore walk, many teams would be interested in his services. Specifically, Olney suggests the 29-year-old center fielder would draw interest from teams like the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies. At times, talent evaluators saw Sizemore’s old explosiveness this year and it wouldn’t be surprising if he became a star player again. He’s not likely to be back with the Indians in 2013, Olney writes.

    On Hafner:

    Travis Hafner will be back with the Indians next season, GM Chris Antonetti confirmed to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Hafner is under contract for $13MM next season and Pluto reports that "for a while, there has been a feeling among the Indians string-pullers that if Hafner's production ever dropped low enough, ownership might be willing to eat a part of the contract."

    And because some view Cuddyer as a top option:

    The Twins recently approached Michael Cuddyer about a contract extension, floating a two-year, $16MM deal, according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The conversations didn’t progress from there, as Cuddyer appears to prefer to postpone negotiations until after the season, when he hits free agency.
     
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  2. MoGottiFor3

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    Might as well call it the Prince Fielder thread

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  3. DougHeil

    DougHeil The LeFraud Interaction

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    I think this article is a few months old. It is before the latest Sizemore injury and surgery. No way do the Yankees, Sox, or any other team want Sizemore for 9m per year now or think he can be the old star he use to be.
     
  4. elcheato

    elcheato NBA Starter

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    Even though the chance of Prince Fielder coming to Cleveland are below 0%
     
  5. warddj86

    warddj86 Let's try to double wins

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    There's a better chance that the entire city of Cleveland grows legs and walks to wherever he really relocates.
     
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  6. sgm405

    sgm405 NBA Starter

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    It was posted Friday, after Sizemore's surgery. I agree though that the Yankees and red Sox aren't good fits though. Seattle, Arizona, and Washington may be fits. I expect him to be back in Cleveland though, in some way or form.
     
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  7. DougHeil

    DougHeil The LeFraud Interaction

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    I wonder why he referenced Cuddyer and Minn with saying "after the season?" It's after the season right now. :)
     
  8. MoFlo

    MoFlo Administrator Staff Member

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    This is his quote:

    They key is "when he hits free agency". While Minny's season may be over, free agency doesn't start until the postseason is over.
     
  9. DougHeil

    DougHeil The LeFraud Interaction

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    Let's start a rumor.

    The Cincinnati Reds are taking calls that inquire about 1B all star Joey Votto. He will be paid 9.5m next year and 17.5m the following year. The year after that he is a FA. So he has two years left on his current contract.

    The Indians called the Reds. What could we possibly offer them for Votto?

    The Reds are taking calls because they have a stud 1B prospect in the pipeline they want to play 1B next year.

    Is there anything we could offer them to peak interest? Votto would look really damn good at 1st over the next two years. :D
     
  10. Chris

    Chris Welcome to the Future

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    Not sure if srs.
     
  11. sgm405

    sgm405 NBA Starter

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    Any time a stud player goes on the market, I wonder what said player would cost the Indians. I'm guessing the Reds would want the package to start with Kipnis, and they'd probably want 2-3 more top prospects to make the deal. I don't see Votto going anywhere right now...possibly the deadline.
     
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    More likely than not Fielder is heading to the Dodgers

    he and matt Kemp are friends .he has ben recruiting him to come to LA.

    James Loney is probably gone
     
  13. Marcus

    Marcus Let's go Cabs!

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    Not worth it unless they get him to agree to an extension before the trade is done, imo. Giving up one of their better young hitters and on top of that a couple more top prospects? Not worth a two year rental, unless, like I said, he signs an extension.
     
  14. DougHeil

    DougHeil The LeFraud Interaction

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    If Kipnis is involved, I don't do the trade even he did sign an extension. I believe Kipnis is going to be that good. Even better than that good. If it's any other players beside Kipnis? Yep. With an extension signed, I surely do it. Votto is damn good.
     
  15. Chris

    Chris Welcome to the Future

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    Really? Based on the few games we saw of Kipnis? He looked good but please, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Joey Votto is an MVP candidate. You do that trade 50 times out of 10 if Votto signed an extension, not that it means anything since this would never happen.
     
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  16. elcheato

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    You're telling me you don't believe Kipnis will ever hit 37 homers in a year with a .324 average?

    but anyway, that's an easy decision if we could afford him and extend him.
     
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  17. Chris

    Chris Welcome to the Future

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    lol, yea, the chances of Kipnis being better than Votto are about.... 0%.
     
  18. Marcus

    Marcus Let's go Cabs!

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    I wouldn't say 0%, but this is Joey Votto we are talking about. 2010 NL MVP. Consistent force at the plate. Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited about Jason Kipnis, but to get a lot you've got to give a lot sometimes. Look at what we had to give for Ubaldo Jimenez.

    I know there's a 1% chance of him even getting traded, but honestly, if he were to agree to an extension and all it took was Kipnis and our top two prospects, you do that trade every single time. That's not to say Kipnis isn't an All-Star in the making -- which I firmly believe he is -- but Joey Votto is an All-Star NOW, right when the Indians have a window for contention. And, not to mention the fact that they have been doing much better in the draft lately, so I don't think it would be as difficult for them to replenish a depleted farm system if they sold the farm for a guy like Votto.

    All this talk is making me really hopeful that the Indians are gonna make a big splash in free agency or trades this offseason. And while a guy like Prince Fielder more than likely won't be coming here (I'm not too keen on the idea of him coming here, anyway), after the way they went after Jimenez this year, it's not unfathomable to think that they are going to be aggressive this offseason, even if they don't have a ton of money to work with.
     
  19. Chris

    Chris Welcome to the Future

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    Come on, it's pretty close to 0%. I guess there is "always that chance" but really...

    Another thing to consider is with the Jimenez trade and the graduation of guys like Kipnis and Chisenhall to the major leagues, our farm system isn't exactly primed to set up trades for marquee players.
     
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  20. Marcus

    Marcus Let's go Cabs!

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    Hey, I'm just trying to be fair. Too small of a sample size. Joey Votto is really, really, REALLY good, but we haven't even seen what Kipnis can do for a whole season yet. I'm at least inclined to give him a whole season in the bigs before saying that he's never going to be an MVP-caliber player like Votto.
     

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