Archive | November 2013

Cleveland Cavaliers and David Murphy Notes

Originally posted to on November 20, 2013

When a Cleveland team makes national headlines, it’s either because something really amazing happened or something bad happened. And let’s be honest, since this is Cleveland Sports we’re talking about, Cleveland teams only make national headlines when something unfortunate happens. Read More…


Drew Stubbs, Ryan Raburn, and the Indians’ Right Field Situation

Originally posted to on November 18, 2013

It’s no secret that the Cleveland Indians are always looking at ways to cut even the most modest of unnecessary costs. The latest player at risk of being let go by the Tribe due to budgetary concerns is Drew Stubbs. After it was originally thought that Stubbs would be a non-tender candidate, Buster Olney reported ($) that several teams are knocking at the Tribe’s door in an effort to acquire Stubbs.

The rumors and reports of the Tribe moving on from Stubbs seem to come from the fact that he and the freshly-extended Ryan Raburn fill the same role on the roster as right-handed hitting outfielders, and it’s not financially prudent for the Tribe to spend roughly $7 million to carry both guys. Read More…

Marlon Byrd and Free Agent Overpays

Originally posted to on November 13, 2013

The annual General Managers and Owners Meetings are underway in Orlando, which means baseball’s Hot Stove is beginning to heat up. The first big name off the board is Marlon Byrd, who agreed to a two year, reported $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Ruben Amaros (also, I still can’t believe I used ‘Marlon Byrd’ and ‘big name’ in the same sentence). Even before the dollar figure was announced there was a “swift reaction on twitter” to denounce the signing as an overpay. Read More…

Anderson Varejao, Dion Waiters, and Other Cavalier Notes

Originally posted to on November 7, 2013

I love watching the NBA, but early season basketball can be pretty brutal. Despite an overly long preseason, players need time to get acclimated to their new teammates, and it often shows up in the quality of play early on. What we’re seeing right now is drastically different from what we’ll see in April and May.

That’s why I’m not ready to draw any conclusions about the Cavaliers’ season after a 2-3 start. This team still has a huge range of possible outcomes for the season. I can still see them going over .500 and I can still see the bottom falling out. It’s all still in play. Read More…

Scott Kazmir and Qualifying Offers

Originally posted to on November 4, 2013

One of the allures of arguing about baseball is that fans can no longer, for lack of a better term, pull arguments out of their respective asses. With the wealth of readily available statistical data, anyone who offers an argument based purely on conjecture can be disproven with just a few clicks of a mouse.

At the same time, the same wealth of information that makes baseball one of the most fun sports to discuss also makes it much tougher to have a dissenting opinion. If a person has an opinion that goes against what the statistics say, whether it is a well-founded opinion or not, the intelligentsia is oh-so-quick to point out the folly in the logic. Read More…

Lonnie Chisenhall and the Tribe’s Third Base Conundrum

Originally posted to on November 2, 2013

It’s not easy being a small market team in Major League Baseball. It requires extra diligence through every decision, as one wrong move could hamstring the franchise for years to come (coughTRAVISHAFNERcough). It also means that a team like the Cleveland Indians needs to be more creative than their competitors when it comes to getting the most bang for their buck. In other words, it’s imperative that the Indians devise some creative solutions for holes in the roster as opposed to simply spending their way out of trouble. Read More…