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Lindor, Maronde to play in Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars game on Saturday on MLB Network

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Shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Nick Maronde have been named to the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game, set for Saturday at 8PM ET in Arizona.

Some of the game’s top prospects are participating in the AFL, considered a finishing school of sorts for promising young players. That group includes Josh Bell (Pittsburgh), Archie Bradley (Arizona), Byron Buxton (Minnesota), Corey Seager (Los Angeles) and more.

Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis is a Fall Stars Game alumnus, having participated in 2010. The contest will be nationally televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com. Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst) and John Manuel (game analyst) will call the game. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Mike Ferrin will offer play-by-play.

 

Keep tabs on young Tribe players in Arizona Fall League play

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Francisco Lindor is hitting .250 through eight games in the Arizona Fall League, which continues through Nov. 13 in the Phoenix area and features some of the game’s top prospects in competition against each other.

Lindor, who started with a four-hit game in his team’s (Peoria Javelinas) opener, is 9-for-36 with five runs and five RBI.

Other Tribe farmhands participating are right fielder Jordan Smith, catcher Tony Wolters, and pitchers Nick Maronde, Grant Sides, Louis Head and Dylan Baker. Sides has pitched 4.1 innings in relief and struck out six without allowing a hit.

To keep tabs on the squad, check out this link.

 

The DiaTribe: Q&A with Mark Shapiro from Goodyear

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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.

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Photo gallery: Tribe moves to 9-1-1 with win over Milwaukee

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Indians Game Information: March 6 vs. Chicago-NL

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-1-0) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (2-4-0)
RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Travis Wood (0-0, —)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
Radio: Indians.com webcast

TODAY’S BROADCAST: Jim Rosenhaus returns to the booth this afternoon and will a deliver a free broadcast to all registered users on Indians.com…all free webcasts can be accessed by simply registering a username and password at http://www.Indians.com/webcasts, Indians.com or MLB.com…those currently registered can enter their current usernames and passwords at any of the above links.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Top prospect, SS FRANCISCO LINDOR, has made an immediate impact on the Tribe lineup in his first career Major League camp…the switch-hitting shortstop has gone 3-9 with a pair of game-winning hits, ironically both coming off Seattle righty Danny Farquhar – Lindor unlocked a 3-3 tie when he pinch-hit and doubled for Ryan Raburn in the top of the 9th yesterday, and connected for a game-winning 3-run homer off Farquhar on Sunday here in Goodyear.

Indians Game Information: March 5 at Seattle

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-1-0) at SEATTLE MARINERS (6-1-0)
RHP Travis Banwart (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP James Paxton (0-0, 0.00)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
Radio: Indians.com webcast

TODAY’S BROADCAST: This afternoon’s Cactus League tilt between the Indians & Mariners is available with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com, but will feature Seattle’s broadcast tandem of Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith…Jim Rosehhaus will return tomorrow with a free webcast on Indians.com which can be accessed by simply registering a username and password at http://www.Indians.com/webcasts, Indians.com or MLB.com…those currently registered can enter their current usernames and passwords at any of the above links.

PACKED FOR PEORIA: The Indians head north to square off against Seattle for the second time in four days after defeating the M’s 6-3 on Sunday in Goodyear; Francisco Lindor blasted a game winning three-run homer to break a 3-3 deadlock in the bottom of the 7th…Cleveland is now 2-6-2 against Seattle in 10 meetings all-time since moving to the Cactus League in 2009…the two clubs split a pair of decisions last spring, as the Tribe finally notched their first ‘W’ in Peoria on March 23 (10-5) after going winless in the first 8 meetings…Cleveland held a 5-2 advantage over the M’s during the 2013 regular season, sweeping a 4-game set at Progressive Field in May before dropping 2 of 3 at Safeco Field in July.

BULLPEN DAY: Slated to pitch today for the Tribe today are relievers: RHP Travis Banwart, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Bryan Shaw, RHP David Aardsma, LHP Nick Hagadone, LHP Colt Hynes, RHP Austin Adams and RHP Blake Wood.

Photo Gallery: March 4 win over the White Sox

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Photo Gallery: March 2, win over the Mariners

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Photo Gallery: Feb. 23 in Goodyear

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Photo Gallery: Pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear

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