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Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti met with reporters on Friday before heading to Florida for the 2013 Winter Meetings. Here’s what he had to say:
Overall offseason outlook and primary focus of improvement
“We went into the offseason with a defined set of needs and in a much better position than the last few offseasons. Some of our strategy last offseason was to put ourselves in a stronger position this offseason. We acquired players that would fit and impact our roster beyond just the 2013 season. Now that we are looking to 2014, some of those same players that we acquired last year, we expect will impact us moving forward. That has lessened some of the needs we have for this offseason. We addressed what we felt was one of our primary offseason objectives of improving against right-handed pitching by signing David Murphy. We will continue to look at options to try to find ways to improve, but our focus right now is pitching.
We are focused on trying to improve our pitching alternatives. Again, we come into the offseason in a much better position than we have in prior offseasons, especially with the quality and quantity of the alternatives that we currently have on our roster and within the organization. That said, we are going to try to find ways to improve that. We want to make sure we find that right guys (starters and relievers) at the right values. With Bryan (Shaw) and Cody (Allen), we feel that those guys have the stuff to pitch in the most high-leverage innings. They did that last year and excelled in those roles, but they weren’t the ones primarily responsible for getting the 27th out, but we feel that they are both well-equipped to do that.”
On reliever Vinnie Pestano
“His mindset is in a good spot. He is anticipating going to the complex and working hard to put himself in a better position coming into the season. He is set on having a much better year this year than last year. A culmination of different things (led to his inconsistent season), whether it was buildup for the (World Baseball Classic), physical or mechanical issues; I think there were probably a number of smaller things that resulted in him not having the year he wanted. There have been a lot of guys that have down years and come back and respond. Vinnie lives in Goodyear, so he will be at our complex a lot starting from the first of the year on. I know (Terry Francona) and (pitching coach) Mickey (Callaway) have both been in touch with him. We will see a lot of Vinnie this winter.”
On Carlos Santana
“We were really impressed by the approach Carlos took (towards becoming a viable option at third base). He really is passionate about wanting to find a way to impact the team in any way that he can. He recognized how well Yan (Gomes) caught, and how important the contributions were that (Gomes) made to our team. Carlos took it upon himself to not only be able to catch, but also attempt to be serviceable at third base; that could potentially give Tito another option. To his credit, he has worked at it, he’s been at the complex taking ground balls and now he will progress into games in winter ball. It could (be viable enough to impact our winter plans). We will have more information as he is out there playing more. He has played there before, he has experience playing third base, and most importantly it’s something Carlos wants to do and has already worked towards. He’s athletic, he has good hands, a phenomenal arm; I think it’s just him getting re-acclimated to the position.”
Heading into next week’s Winter Meetings
“I don’t think last year at this point we had made any significant acquisitions, so this year we have already made what we feel is a significant acquisition in David Murphy and a number of other smaller deals. We expect there will be other activity between now and Spring Training; the magnitude of that and what shape that will take is hard to say. We feel like we have the resources we need to field a contending team.”
Want to learn more about 40 20th-century Cleveland Indians legends from someone who covered many of their careers?
Be sure to check out an event at the Cleveland Baseball Heritage Museum in the 5th Street Arcades in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, Dec. 14. Schneider will be on hand to discuss his book, “Cleveland Indians Legends.”
The book divides the 20th century into four quarter-century periods, and details the careers of 10 players from each of those periods. Those players include Napoleon Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Jim Bagby Sr., Mel Harder, Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Larry Doby, Rocky Colavito, Bob Lemon, Omar Vizquel, Jim Thome and Kenny Lofton.
Schneider was a long-time writer at The Plain Dealer and covered the Indians daily from 1964 through 1977.
The Baseball Heritage Museum is located at 530 Euclid Avenue in the 5th Street Arcades.
Players, alumni, manager Terry Francona on hand for autographs, photos and more; additional session added to improve fan experience
Fans can purchase opportunity to guarantee autographs this year; tickets on sale to Season Ticket Holders Dec. 5, to general public Dec. 6
The Cleveland Indians on Tuesday announced details for Tribe Fest 2014, presented by KeyBank, set for Progressive Field on January 25 and 26.
The second annual event will be expanded this year, with manager Terry Francona, current Tribe players including Mike Aviles, Carlos Santana, Danny Salazar, Yan Gomes, David Murphy, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and others, Indians prospects (including former No. 3 overall pick Trevor Bauer and 2012 top pick Clint Frazier), and several prominent Tribe alumni including, Kenny Lofton, in attendance for autographs, interviews on the KeyBank main stage and more.
In addition, more of Progressive Field will be open this year, including the 1994 Party Suite for autographs, Club Lounge, Kids Clubhouse and more. The Indians also plan to announce their 2014 promotions schedule and 2014 Hall of Fame Induction details on the KeyBank main stage during Saturday morning’s session.
Due to large crowds at last year’s first Tribe Fest, in addition to anticipated high demand this year after the Indians Postseason berth in October, the 2014 event will feature three sessions:
- Saturday, January 25: 10AM-2PM
- Saturday, January 25: 4PM-8PM
- Sunday, January 26: Noon-6PM
Admission for adults is $10 in advance and tickets are available online only, starting at 10AM Thursday, December 5 for Season Ticket Holders and 10 AM Friday, December 6 for the general public, at Indians.com/TribeFest. Kids ages 12 and under again this year can attend the event for FREE when reserved with the purchase of an adult ticket. There is a limit of two free children’s admissions per paying adult. Tickets for kids age 12 and under are $5 at the gate day of event.
This year, autographs can be guaranteed by purchasing an autograph ticket bundled at the same time with the general admission ticket online at Indians.com/TribeFest. Fans are limited to one guaranteed autograph ticket per person to allow for as many fans to get access to the players. Prices in addition to the $10 ADULT general admission ticket – kids tickets are free when reserved in advance — as follows:
- $10/ticket for Indians Minor League Prospect sessions
- $15/ticket for Indians Major League roster player sessions
- $20/ticket for Indians Alumni player sessions
Each Tribe Fest event features multiple autograph sessions, for which 250 tickets will be sold. Autographs for specific players are not guaranteed, just a space in line. If autograph sessions are not sold out, fans will be allowed to wait in line at their own risk for autographs, time permitting and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In addition to interacting with players, young fans can hit in the Progressive Field batting cages (waivers will be required), take tours of the home clubhouse, listen to Q&As with Tribe broadcasters and players, and more. Concessions will be available in the Club Lounge, while KeyBank customers will have access through pre-event registration to an exclusive area in the Collection Auto Club at Progressive Field.
All player appearances are subject to change.
For complete event details, visit Indians.com/TribeFest.
Justin Masterson has had a big year.
First All-Star appearance. Three complete game shutouts for an American League playoff team. A pro at ignoring distractions while on live TV.
He was also recently inducted into his college’s Hall of Fame. Bethel College inducted three former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame, including Masterson (who looks really young in the accompanying photo of him in action in college).
From a Bethel press release:
Justin Masterson was a two-year letter winner in baseball before he transferred to San Diego State University. He was a NAIA All-American (HM) in 2004 and a NCCAA All-American twice (’04, ’05). Justin was a member of the NAIA All-Region VIII Team in 2004, and was selected to the Mid-Central All-Conference Team twice (’04, ’05). He also made the NCCAA National All-Tournament Team in 2005 and was named to the North Central All-Region Team twice (’04, ’05). Upon Graduation: His overall pitching record was 20-8 (11-4, 9-4); had 185 strikeouts (96, 89); led team with 10 home runs in 2005; and had an ERA of 2.09 in 2004 and 1.59 in 2005. Justin was drafted by the Boston Red Sox organization in 2006 and is currently pitching for the Cleveland Indians organization. In 2010, he was the American League leader in putouts by a pitcher. Justin was named to the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a pitcher for the American League. Justin and his wife, Meryl, have one child: Eden.
For baseball fans who follow the off-season Hot Stove, “non-tender” is one phrase being heard repeatedly today, as Monday at Midnight ET marked the deadline for all MLB Clubs to offer a contract to each player on their respective Major League Reserve Lists.
What does tender mean?
When an organization tenders a contract to a player, that front office is essentially conveying its intent to offer a Major League contract for the upcoming season – the actual terms of the contract have not yet been finalized, although these often wind up being one-year deals because of the classification of players typically involved (those who have yet to reach 6 years of MLB Service Time and therefore Free Agency).
Which players does this deadline apply to?
All players on each team’s Major League Reserve List (40-man roster), although players who have already signed contracts are already covered – the list that gets submitted to Major League Baseball includes 3 classifications of players that must cover everyone on the 40-man roster: 1) Tendered, 2) Non-tendered and 3) Signed. For instance, Nick Swisher’s current 4-year contract (through 2016 with vesting option for 2017) overrides the need for the Indians to tender him a contract offer.
What happens after this list is submitted to MLB?
Players who are tendered 2014 contracts then negotiate the length and financial terms of the agreement with their teams; this often results in a one-year contract, particularly for players not yet eligible for the salary arbitration process, although the two sides certainly have the option of discussing a multi-year deal. For those players with 3-or-more, but less than 6 years of MLB Service Time (and also those who fall under the “Super Two” classification), receiving a contract tender makes them eligible for salary arbitration if no agreement can be reached beforehand. All non-tendered players immediately become free agents and are able to sign with any team, although factors like Service Time remain intact.
Why do teams decide to non-tender certain players?
With only 40 available spots on each team’s Major League Reserve List, ultimately this decision comes down to how well each player fits the organization at that time and place – positional depth, injuries and payroll flexibility are just a few of the realities that must be factored in.
Here is a complete list of the 43 players who were non-tendered by their 2013 Clubs on Monday (former Club in parenthesis):
RHP Scott Atchison (NYM)
RHP Dylan Axelrod (CWS)
RHP John Axford (StL)
RHP Andrew Bailey (BOS)
RHP Daniel Bard (ChC)
RHP Ronald Belisario (LAD)
RHP Mitchell Boggs (COL)
RHP Tyler Cloyd (CLE)
RHP Eddie Gamboa (BAL)
RHP Juan Gutierrez (LAA)
RHP Tommy Hanson (LAA)
RHP Jeremy Hefner (NYM)
RHP Daniel Hudson (ARI)
RHP Chang-Young Lim (ChC)
RHP Cristhian Martinez (ATL)
RHP Kyle McPherson (PIT)
RHP Sandy Rosario (SF)
RHP Ryan Webb (MIA)
RHP Jerome Williams (LAA)
LHP Wesley Wright (TB)
J.P. Arencibia (TOR)
Matt Daley (NYY)
Lou Marson (CLE)
Michael McKenry (PIT)
David Adams (NYY)
Mat Gamel (ChC)
Chris Getz (KC)
Paul Janish (ATL)
Elliot Johnson (ATL)
Garret Jones (PIT)
Chris Nelson (LAA)
Jayson Nix (NYY)
Omar Quintanilla (NYM)
Justin Turner (NYM)
Matt Carson (CLE)
Chris Coghlan (MIA)
Sam Fuld (TB)
Ryan Kalish (BOS)
Xavier Paul (CIN)
Francisco Peguero (SF)
Jason Pridie (BAL)
Derrick Robinson (CIN)
Jordany Valdespin (NYM)
–TribeVibe contributor Court Berry-Tripp
What better gift to give on #GivingTuesday than the gift of baseball? For $25, you can give that gift to a local boy or girl in the form of Little League baseball or softball.
Cleveland Indians Charities introduced its “Catch 25” campaign earlier this season, and has raised thousands of dollars to fund baseball or softball for Cleveland youth.
And as the nation’s attention turns to Giving Tuesday, there still is time to donate for more kids to have the opportunity to play in 2014.
“Cleveland Indians Charities embraces its responsibility to serve and is dedicated to shaping children’s lives through the games of baseball and softball,” said REBECCA KODYSH, the Indians Executive Director of Community Impact. “These contributions make a major impact on the lives of Cleveland-area children.”
To donate, visit Indians.com/Catch25. To ensure secure transactions, an Indians.com user name and password are necessary to donate. For those wishing to donate but who do not have an Indians.com account, signing up is easy at Indians.com.
The Catch 25 campaign reflects the continued commitment of Cleveland Indians Charities to the Indians organization’s four Guiding Commitments, one of which is to positively impact the community and provide essential opportunities to Cleveland-area youth.
Established in 1989, CIC partners with groups in Northeast Ohio to jointly create and execute youth educational and recreational opportunities. These programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills, learn responsibility, and develop confidence to face today’s hurdles.
Through the years, CIC has raised money at a variety of fundraising events and is aided by the generosity of donors including Cleveland Indians players, coaches, fans, Front Office personnel and corporate partners.
Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $9 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio, including a $1 million donation last April to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Save the Kids” campaign. Additionally, high school baseball and softball in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are alive only because of the multi-million-dollar commitment made by the Indians organization.
One of the best parts of Thanksgiving, outside of being thankful and spending quality time with family? The food! TribeVibe asked Indians players and coaches about their favorite foods to enjoy on Thanksgiving. Check out their answers below:
- Drew Stubbs: My favorite Thanksgiving food is sweet potato casserole. I love sweet potatoes, and my mom makes it wonderfully.
- Terry Francona: Stuffing! The real stuffing. Not that (crap) in a box.
- Bryan Shaw: My favorite Thanksgiving dish is deep-fried turkey because frying the turkey is fun — I do it myself while other stuff is cooking inside.
- Mike Aviles: Favorite foods are turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing with gravy all over!! And I will go back for seconds, maybe thirds.
- Corey Kluber: Favorite dish is my mom’s turkey soup because it was something special we only had on Thanksgiving.
- Yan Gomes: Sweet potatoes.
- Josh Tomlin: Turkey and dressing that my grandmother makes and broccoli and cheese casserole.
- Trevor Bauer: Favorite dish is between cranberry sauce on biscuits and twice baked potatoes. Favorite dessert is my sister’s cherry pie.
- Justin Masterson: My aunt Marie makes a great stuffing, my grandma Margaret makes great noodles, my mom makes excellent homemade crescent rolls, and my sister does a great BTS cake. With all those on my plate that is one incredible delicious dish to eat.
- Mike Sarbaugh: Pecan Pie. I always look forward to warming up a piece of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream on top.
Looking for a Thanksgiving dessert fit for the pros? Here’s a recipe from Sandy Alomar’s family, courtesy of the Cleveland Indians Wives Association.
PUMPKIN CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
by the Alomar Family
1 16 oz. can pumpkin
2 cups flour
1 2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven for 250 degrees.
Mix sugar, eggs, and oil.
Add all dry ingredients, then add the pumpkin. Beat well.
Grease and flour a large pan — a bundt pan works best.
Bake at 250 degrees for 50 minutes or until cooked through (test with a toothpick).
Let cool for 15-20 minutes in pan and then remove.
8 oz. cream cheese
1 stick margarine (softened)
3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cream/mix margarine and cream cheese together.
Add powdered sugar and mix.
Add vanilla. Mix well until blended.
If necessary, add more powdered sugar to thicken the frosting.
*This cake should be refrigerated.
Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling
On Sunday, the Cleveland Indians and Delaware North Companies played host to the annual Cleveland Indians Day of Caring in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field.
Visitors from area charities, including Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, OhioGuidestone and Laura’s Home enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal prepared and served by members of the Indians front office, including Paul Dolan, Mark Shapiro and others. They also had the opportunity to take photos with Slider and Ketchup, Mustard and Onion.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
The Cleveland Indians on Monday signed free agent OF DAVID MURPHY to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2016 season.
Murphy, 32, owns a career Major League average of .275 (739-2690) with 160 doubles, 15 triples, 86 home runs and 364 RBI over 849 games with the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox since debuting in 2006. The Baylor University product owns a career on-base pct. of .337 to go along with his career on-base+slugging pct. (OPS) of .778. In 2012 the left-handed hitting outfielder batted .304 (139-457) with 29 2B, 15HR & 61RBI in 147 games, finishing 6th in the American League in on-base pct. (.380) and 10th in batting average (.304).
The native of Klein, Texas was the first round pick (17th overall) of the Boston Red Sox in 2003 and later appeared in 23 games for the Red Sox (2006-07) before being traded to Texas in July 2007 in exchange for RHP Eric Gagne. He appeared in 27 postseason games during his tenure with the Rangers from 2010-12 (.373OB%/ .759OPS) and owns a career average of .280 (571-2042) against right-handed pitching (.347OB%/.469SLG%/ .816OPS). He has enjoyed his trips to Progressive Field, hitting at a .365 (27-74) clip with 4 2B, 1 3B, 3HR & 15 RBI in 21 career games. The versatile outfielder has logged time at all three positions during his career and his 35 assists since 2009 are 8th-most among A.L. outfielders over that span.
In order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Murphy, the Indians designated RHP Tyler Cloyd for assignment. Cloyd was originally claimed from Philadelphia on October 2.
Both Murphy and Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti chatted with reporters via conference call on Monday to discuss the deal. Below are their comments:
Murphy provides strength and versatility to the outfield and the lineup
Chris Antonetti: For right now, we expect him to get most of his at-bats in right field, primarily against right-handed pitching, but he will also get some opportunities against the right left-handers as well.
We feel that we have a very good compliment of outfielders that will give Terry the opportunity to mix and match based upon what gives us the best opportunity to win that night’s game while also keeping everyone healthy and fresh. Some of that will also depend upon how we shape the DH position because there could be potential at-bats there as well. Right now with the compliment of outfielders we have, we feel we can match up well no matter who is pitching.
I think as we sit here today we feel good with the group of outfielders we have. We will continue to look for opportunities to improve the team and make adjustments as the offseason goes along. The versatility of our outfield – Michael Brantley has the ability to slide over to center, Drew Stubbs gives us great protection in both right field and center field and we are confident he could go to left as well – Ryan Raburn can play not only the corners, but also the infield, if needed. It provides us a great deal of flexibility and versatility and that was one of our strengths last year and we are looking to build upon that heading into next year.
Confident Murphy will return to form in 2013
Antonetti: In talking with David, he felt with Josh Hamilton leaving he put some pressure on himself to try to do a little more and got in to some challenging positions with his swing. He tried to create a little bit more lift to hit for more power and it took him a little while to work through that. I think combining that with a little bit of bad luck led to a down season. If you look at his track record he has been pretty consistent, especially against right-handed pitching and we expect him to bounce back and get far closer to his career norms than how he performed last year.
We spent quite a bit of time, not only looking at the objective information, but talking with our scouts who did quite a bit of video work looking at any tell-tale signs between his swing from 2012 and 2013 and there were not very many significant differences. There is a lot of reason why we are confident that he will bounce back and get back to the player that he has been throughout his career.
Murphy is well-respected on and off the field
Antonetti: He’s been renowned throughout any organization he has been with, whether it’s his initial time with the Red Sox, or his time with the Rangers. He is an exceptional person and is a guy that not only plays the game the right way but lives his life off the field that way. He and his wife are very involved in the community in which they live. They have given back to those communities and feel like that is their obligation. He had also fit in seamlessly into every clubhouse and is well respected as a team – he was extraordinarily well-respected in the Texas clubhouse.
The news broke when Murphy’s daughter said at day care, “My daddy is going to be an Indian.”
Antonetti: That was the first time a 5-year old has ever broken a free agent signing. I think they were talking about Pilgrims and Indians in advance of Thanksgiving and his daughter shouted out, “my daddy is going to be an Indian.” That’s how the story broke. It was a first for us.
On what attracted him to Cleveland
David Murphy: When the offseason began and I thought about where I wanted to go, I wanted to go to a place where I was wanted as badly as I wanted to be there. Cleveland was very aggressive from the very beginning. They were easily the front runner the entire time. Honestly, it was pretty simple. From the first phone call I received from my agent about interested teams, they were first and foremost in my mind.
On what adjustments he may make offensively in 2014
Murphy: A few different factors played into (2013). I saw we lost Josh (Hamilton), Michael Young and Mike Napoli, and I put pressure on myself to step into a role and play a bigger part in the offense. I tried to re-create my own identity instead of being the same guy I had been in the past. I had that mindset, which created a little bit more of a pull mindset instead of using the entire field. That created some bad habits that lengthened my swing and that obviously produced the results that it did.
I think every player wants to be as complete a player as possible. After having the best year of my career in 2012, I knew that I could hit for a high average after that; I wanted to add the power to it. That added to that mindset of lifting the ball and pulling the ball. After I finally got away from that mindset, halfway through the season, I didn’t have the greatest luck. Some years, balls fall. Some years, they don’t. 2013 was a year when I didn’t have the greatest luck. In the end, I’ll put it on myself in not having the right mindset. I’m looking forward to getting back to the old me in 2014.
On the Indians offensive balance and how he fits in
Murphy: There are a lot of guys I’m excited to play with on this team. I’ve loved the type of player Jason Kipnis is since he came into the league. I love what he brings in all aspects of the game. I’ve known Michael Bourn since high school; I played against him in college and the minor leagues. He’s a dynamic player that’s great in the leadoff spot. Up and down the lineup, it’s a very balanced lineup and I’m excited to be a part of it.
About his daughter’s now famous comments breaking the news Murphy was signing with Cleveland
Murphy: She was at preschool one day and with Thanksgiving coming up, they were learning about Pilgrims and Indians. She happened to speak up and said, “My daddy’s going to play for the Indians.” Nowadays, rumors spread quickly and word got out there pretty quickly. It wasn’t the best situation how that got out. But in the end it’ll be a cute story one day that we can tell her about.
On whether he feels comfortable hitting at Progressive Field; he’s hit at a .365 (27-74) clip with 4 2B, 1 3B, 3HR & 15 RBI in 21 career games at the ballpark
Murphy: I don’t know if there’s anything to that. I know the places I’ve been before and I know the places where I like to hit and feel comfortable in the box. I have no real reason for it but it’s always been a place where I’ve liked to hit. It’ll be great to play half my games there.
On his relationship with Indians manager Terry Francona
Murphy: I was drafted by Boston and had about 35 days of MLB service time with the Red Sox between 2006 and 2007, and I spent time with the team in Spring Training from 2004 to 2007. I had the chance to play under him there; he definitely played into the decision to sign with Cleveland. He called me pretty early in the process. He did a great job of letting me know how interested they were, but at the same time not putting any pressure on me. He made me realize I’d be doing an injustice if I didn’t look at all the options out there.
On his impressions of the 2013 Indians from the opposing dugout
Murphy: They reminded me of the Rangers when we started to become a good team in 2009 and 2010. It’s a group of young, talented guys, with veteran leadership with Giambi and Swisher mixed in, and it’s a group of guys that looks like they have a lot of fun on the field and believe in one another. They won 92 games last year and they look like they’re only going to get better.
Members of the Cleveland Indians front office, with a little help from sidekick Slider, visited the Cleveland Foodbank on Friday morning to help the staff sort food and pack backpacks for kids to take home on weekends.
Foodbank officials said that this is the busiest time of the year, with over 200,000 pounds going out of the warehouse on Cleveland’s near East Side on Thursday alone.
Nearly 30 members of the Indians front office visited on Friday, sorting vegetables that then would be sent to local food pantries, and preparing backpacks that eventually would end up going home with kids from school on weekends, when they’re most likely to miss meals.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond/Photos by Dan Mendlik