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The guys were in good spirits during BP on Tuesday — only the second time the team has taken BP outside this year. Gotta love Mother Nature!
–Photos by David Cleveland
Editor’s note: This Q&A with Indians President Mark Shapiro, conducted in Spring Training, has been republished here with the permission of Al Ciammaichella and The DiaTribe.
For the second year in a row, Indians team president Mark Shapiro was kind enough to take an hour out of his very busy spring training schedule and sit down for an interview with me in beautiful Goodyear, Arizona. Here’s a link to last year’s interview in case you missed it. We covered a wide variety of topics, including the difference in the 2013 and 2014 free agent market, Yan Gomes, ticket pricing, promotions, Francisco Lindor and of course, Justin Masterson and the breakdown in his long-term contract negotiations. The following is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation this past Friday.
Al Ciammaichella: This offseason was much quieter/different than last offseason. Were the moves you made last year looking forward to this year’s free agent class where you signed guys like Swisher and Bourn knowing this offseason would be quieter?
Mark Shapiro: We always have to take an opportunistic lens when it comes to free agency. When we look at free agency, if we’re dependent upon it to build our team, then we’re in a very difficult, if not impossible, spot. The reality is that we’re either looking for where the value is in the market or looking to be opportunistic. Last offseason there happened to be two guys that fit multiple year, positional needs for us at values we thought we could afford and who have some other special attributes, especially in the case of Swish, but really Bourn too, as a leader as well. They filled gaps we had in our system, where we felt like we didn’t have anyone coming up at all. And we also knew that this offseason there was a lot national TV money coming into the system and a lot less guys, so there were going to be more resources available, greater demand and less supply. So while it’s already a tough market, that was going to make it nearly an impossible market. So I look at last year as our chance to make a bigger splash in free agency, and this year was going to be “are there little things we can do?” I think we studied David Murphy, who I think is a good pick up for us. He’s going to improve both the defense, and give us a really good platoon and depth in the outfield.
AC: We talked a lot about levers last year, which became one of my new favorite buzzwords. How did you decide what levers to pull this year, with Murphy, and how did you decide which not to pull, with not bringing back guys like Ubaldo and Kazmir?
MS: Those decisions are never as simple as “do you want the player or not?” I think that the fan tends to look at it as “you didn’t want the guy.” We loved what Kaz did for us, we wanted him, but the level of risk involved with multiple years and the level of risk involved with those dollars just didn’t fit our payroll parameters this year with the natural, built in escalation of contracts. I think with Ubaldo, same thing. It ended up being a good deal for us, particularly in light of what we gave up, but it wasn’t the right fit for us this year. When you talk about levers, I think the neat things to think about from last spring to this spring are the evolution of a guy like Yan Gomes. Where all of a sudden, you look at Gomes and there’s a guy who leverages his ability to impact a game at more than just his position because of what he means defensively, what he means for his passion for making pitchers better, for helping to call a game. So I always like to think about, “where are the guys that can impact a game beyond objective statistics? Beyond just their own performance?” And Gomes is a guy who when he started to catch last year, I think that was one of the keys to our team really taking off.
AC: So when you traded for Gomes, and I could sit here all day and talk to you about Gomes, but when you traded for him, did you have any idea he’d be that much of an impact defensively? I’ve talked to some Blue Jays guys, and they were of the opinion that he was maybe a 3rd catcher while he was with the Jays.
MS: Any GM or front office guy who tells you he knows exactly what he was getting when he traded for a guy is just pounding his own chest. What you do is you try and find something you like, a defined attribute that you like about a guy. Even when we traded for Asdrubal or Shin-Soo Choo, there were always questions. We never thought they’d both be as good as they were, never. So when we traded for Yan Gomes, we thought that maybe he could catch, but really what he was, was right handed power, and a guy who could play multiple positions. That’s what we thought. When we got him, I think we did a smart thing, similar to when we traded for Justin Masterson. We didn’t know Masterson could start, but we knew he could be a dominant bullpen guy. But in our situation it’s important to maximize the value because we can’t go out and buy those things. So we put Yan back there, and right away Tito and the staff said “this guy’s got pretty special hands, he’s got some strength behind the plate.” When you go back and look at his career, whether it’s in Tennessee (in college) or in the Toronto system, he played behind Arencibia both places, and they had D’Arnaud there as well. So he was behind two of the best young catchers in the game and he never got to catch much. He just took right to it. He got better and better. He’s a worker, he’s smart, he’s tough, he has a lot of the attributes you look for in a catcher.
Holy Podcast ! Two in one day ? You bet. Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus is back with a second podcast today, wrapping up another busy day in Goodyear. We’ll hear from Tribe manager Terry Francona, Jordan Bastian and Nick Camino will try to made sense of the remaining roster battles, and Asdrubal Cabrera is just Cabby being Cabby. Enjoy !
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
CLEVELAND INDIANS (16-5-2) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (10-12-3)
RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 5.02) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 2.92)
Spring Game #24/Home #13 » Saturday, March 22, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » WMMS, IRN, webcast
THE HOME STRETCH: With 8 games remaining on the 2014 Cactus League schedule, the Indians are one win shy of their 2013 Spring Training total and just 3 victories shy of matching the club’s best exhibition season since joining the CL in 2009…the Indians have played 20 games in 20 days since Cleveland’s March 1 rainout at Camelback Ranch against Chicago-AL…Cleveland has won 3 of its last 5 games as the club approaches season opener on March 31 in Oakland.
ROSTER RUMBLINGS: The Indians announced on Saturday that the club has released OF JEFF FRANCOEUR…Francoeur signed a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League camp on January 6…OF MATT CARSON was also informed by skipper Tito Francona that he will open the season at Triple-A Columbus.
UPDATED ROSTER BREAKDOWN: With the most recent round of roster moves announced this week, the Indians now have a total of 40 players currently in major league camp; this includes 13 non-roster invitees in addition to players on the 40-man roster…the club now has 19 pitchers (4 non-roster), including 17 righthanders and 2 lefties, 4 catchers (2 non-roster), 11 infielders (5 non-roster) and 6 outfielders (2 non-roster).
PESTANO NABS BULLPEN SPOT: Terry Francona also announced that RHP VINNIE PESTANO will begin the season on the Major League club’s 25-man roster…Pestano has allowed just 2 hits and one run over 6.0 innings this spring.
LIKE A ROCK: Cleveland will square off against Colorado for the second consecutive day after taking yesterday’s contest in Scottsdale by a final score of 14-3…yesterday’s victory improved the Indians all-time Cactus League record against the Rockies to 5-6…the Rockies will visit Progressive Field for the first time since 2011 for a 3 game series from May 30-June 1…Colorado is 10-8 all-time vs. Cleveland in regular season Interleague Play.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians beat the Colorado Rockies 14-3 Friday afternoon at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale improving to16-5-2 in Cactus League play this spring…Cleveland’s lineup was productive top-to-bottom, paced by a 3-hit effort from MICHAEL BRANTLEY, who matched NYJER MORGAN with a game-high 3 RBI…Brantley raised his Cactus League average to .500 (17-34) and now has 7 RBI…LONNIE CHISENHALL and ELLIOT JOHNSON collected a pair of hits each and both drove in 2 runs…ASDRUBAL CABRERA also chipped in a multi-hit game…JUSTIN MASTERSON (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R-ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2 WP) notched his third victory of the spring with a quality start, surrendering a pair of runs on 5 hits over 6.0 frames before finishing his work for the day in the Tribe bullpen…CODY ALLEN and TYLER STURDEVANT both worked 1.0 scoreless inning of relief each.
TV ON THE RADIO: Monday afternoon’s St. Patrick’s Day tilt with Cincinnati was SportsTime Ohio’s final Cactus League broadcast of the spring, but fans will still have the opportunity to watch the Indians in 3 additional spring training games that will be carried by MLB Network on March 23 at Los Angeles-AL, March 24 at Cincinnati and March 29 at San Diego. Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will have today’s call across the Indians Radio Network and on WMMS in the Cleveland market…the game can also be heard through a live webcast on http://www.MLB.com with an MLB audio subscription.
UNDER THE LIGHTS: Tonight’s contest against the Giants at Goodyear Ballpark is the team’s first and only night game (7:05 PDT/10:05 ET) of the spring…the Indians have 5 games in April that are slated for 10:05 ET first pitches, as the club will travel to Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles-AL in the first month of the campaign.
TODAY’S TILT: Cleveland will square off against San Francisco for the second time in 3 days, as the Indians defeated the Giants 5-1 in a split-squad game on Sunday…AARON HARANG worked 4.0 innings to notch his second Cactus League victory, holding the Giants to a single run on 4 hits, while NICK SWISHER chipped in his first home run of the spring…Cleveland swept 3 meetings from San Francisco last spring and are 6-5-1 vs. the Giants since joining the Cactus League in ‘09…Cleveland hosted San Francisco in the first ever Cactus League game played at Goodyear Ballpark on Feb. 25, 2009…JEREMY SOWERS took the mound in that contest against TIM LINCECUM, which the Giants won 10-7…the Indians are 4-5 against the Giants during regular season Interleague Play, with all 9 meetings taking place between 2005-11…the Indians & Giants will play at 3-game series at AT&T Park from April 25-27.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: After plating the go-ahead run in the top half of the inning, Cleveland saw Cincinnati rally for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 walk-off loss yesterday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark…Cleveland trailed for much of the contest after Cincinnati plated 3 runs in the second inning, but got on the board when NICK SWISHER homered for the second time in as many days, pelting a lead-off solo shot to kick off the fourth…LONNIE CHISENHALL tripled and scored on a MIKE AVILES sac fly in the seventh, while minor league OF TYLER HOLT added an RBI-double later in the same frame…minor league C TONY WOLTERS broke a 3-3 tie in the ninth, following a pair of walks with his RBI-single…the Reds’ Steve Selsky delivered a walk-off, two-run single to end the game…COREY KLUBER made his 5th start of the spring and fanned 5 over 4.1 innings, while JOHN AXFORD, MARC RZEPCZYNSKI and JOSH OUTMAN all turned in 1.0 scoreless frame each.
INSTANT REPLAY: For the first time this spring, the Indians were involved in an instant replay situation when Reds skipper Bryan Price invoked his replay privileges and appealed umpire Allen Porter’s initial out call on Brandon Phillips attempted steal of third…in just over a minute, the call was reviewed and Phillips was called safe…Cleveland’s final instant replay trial opportunity of the spring will occur during the Indians final game against the Reds on March 24 at Goodyear Ballpark.
TRIBE BATTING NOTES: The Indians offense is batting .271 (184-680), 8th-highest in the Cactus League, posting 14 home runs, 41 doubles and a .413 SLG%….the Indians have also scored 110 runs, 4th-most in the Cactus League…Cleveland has drawn 82 walks against 146 strikeouts…the Tribe is 10-for-14 in stolen base attempts…NICK SWISHER has homered in back-to back games and has gone 4-for-11 over his last 4 games; Swisher joins RYAN RABURN, CARLOS SANTANA and ELLIOT JOHNSON for the team lead in HR (2)…Johnson leads the team with 12 hits, 23 total bases/6 RBI…MICHAEL BRANTLEY (.423, 11-26) is one hit shy of the team lead and has yet to strike out through 29 at-bats…ASDRUBAL CABRERA is batting .345 (10-29) with a team-high 4 doubles…MIKE AVILES is batting .357 (10-28) with 3 doubles, one HR and 5 RBI…JUSTIN SELLERS is 8-for-17 (.471) w/ 3 doubles, 3 runs scored and a .571 OBP since joining Cleveland…DAVID ADAMS leads the club with 7 runs scored.
TRIBE PITCHING NOTES: Cleveland’s pitching staff has registered a Cactus League-low 3.19 ERA (64 ER/180.1 IP), which is also the T3rd-lowest in the Majors this spring behind only Miami (3.04), Tampa Bay (3.12)…JUSTIN MASTERSON has worked 13.0 scoreless innings over 4 games/starts this spring, allowing just 6 hits and 2 walks against 14 strikeouts; the 14 strikeouts are tied for 2nd-most on the team with JOSH TOMLIN (14.0 IP, 13 H, 4 R-ER, 2 BB, 14 SO)…COREY KLUBER struck out 5 across 4.1 innings on Tuesday and currently leads the club with 15 punchouts and 14.1 IP…BLAKE WOOD (7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 3 BB, 8 SO) has a team-high 7 appearances…CARLOS CARRASCO has surrendered a single R/ER in 7.0 innings of work with 9 strikeouts, while notching a pair of wins (tied for team-high)…JOHN AXFORD (5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R-ER) has fanned 8 in 6.0 innings of work…JOSH OUTMAN (6.0 IP) has yet to allow a run this spring.
-Photos by Dan Mendlik
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
CLEVELAND INDIANS (8-1-1) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (6-5-0)
RHP Josh Tomlin (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, 0.00)
Spring Game #11/Home #6 » Sun., March 9, 2014 » Goodyear Ballpark » 1:05/4:05 p.m. (MST/ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/IRN/webcast
NINE TONIGHT: After dropping their Cactus League opener to Cincinnati on Feb. 26 by a score of 8-3, the Cleveland Indians have not lost over a 9-game span, going 8-0-1 following yesterday’s 4-4 tie with the Padres in Peoria.
THE INDIANS ON TV…: Beginning with this afternoon’s tilt against the Milwaukee Brewers, SportsTime Ohio will carry each of the Indians’ next 5 games on TV through Thursday…Matt Underwood & Rick Manning are scheduled to be in the booth for all 5 and will have a number of in-game interviews with Indians players and coaches throughout the week.
…AND ALSO ON YOUR RADIO DIAL: Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus will also have this afternoon’s call on stations across the Indians Radio Network, including WTAM in the Cleveland market…the game will also be available with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com/webcast.
…BUT I CAN’T GO BACK I KNOW: Time stands still here in Arizona, as much of the country lost one hour last night by rolling their clocks forward as part of Daylight Saving Time…aside from the now 3-hour time difference between Phoenix and Cleveland, those of us here in the desert were largely unaffected (AZ now aligns with the Pacific Time Zone).
“TWO OAT SODAS GARY”: A city with no shortage of high-quality microsuds, Cleveland is set to host the Milwaukee Brewers today at Goodyear Ballpark for the first of two meetings between the two squads, as the Tribe will host the Brew Crew again on March 26…club’s met 3 times last spring, with the Indians winning 2 of those…Cleveland and Milwaukee have not met in the regular season since the Brewers swept a 3-game set at Progressive Field in June 2009 (Milwaukee has won last 7 regular season tilts)… Cleveland is 201-205 all-time vs. the Milwaukee franchise (1969-present) in regular season play, which includes a 7-11 mark in Interleague Play since the Brewers made the switch to the Senior Circuit.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: Cleveland and San Diego battled their way to a 4-4 tie before the game was called after 10.0 innings at the Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday afternoo…MICHAEL BRANTLEY (2 2B, RBI) led the way for the Tribe with 4 hits (4-for-4, 2 2B, RBI), including a key RBI-single in the team’s 3-run first inning…ASDRUBAL CABRERA and CARLOS SANTANA also drove in runs, while Santana recorded 3 assists at third base…TYLER CLOYD (2.0IP, 2H, 0R) took the bump first in the starter-by committee affair for the Indians, while SCOTT ATCHISON, BRYAN SHAW, AUSTIN ADAMS, SCOTT BARNES and MIKE ZAGURSKI also enjoyed scoreless outings.
BULLPENNINGS: Indians pitchers who were scheduled to throw bullpens this morning at the Goodyear Complex: RHP CARLOS CARRASCO, RHP COREY KLUBER, RHP FRANK HERRMANN.
LET IT “B”: The Indians announced Saturday that the club will participate in its second “B” game of the spring, as Cleveland will host the Chicago White Sox at 10:00AM AZT/1:00PM ET on Tuesday, March 11 at the Goodyear Development Complex…the Indians edged the Angels 3-2 in a March 4 “B” game here in Goodyear.
UPCOMING BROADCAST INFORMATION: The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that SportsTime Ohio will televise 154 games in 2014… FOX will broadcast nationally the Tribe’s June 21 game vs. Detroit – which will feature the Indians Hall of Fame induction of Omar Vizquel – while six other games (April 5, May 10, June 7, July 19, July 26 and August 9) will be broadcast on FOX’s new FOX Sports 1…SportsTime Ohio will also air Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story on March 13 at 3:00pm and a Tribe Report Season Preview on March 19 at 9:00pm.