The hot stove is heating up - at least, it's much warmer than the frigid Vancouver nights as of late - so here's a look at what's going on around the baseball world:
Indians news & notes
Naquin among prospects eligible for Rule 5 Draft | Indians.com - Given the Tribe's abysmal outfield situation, Tyler Naquin has a pretty good chance of making the major league club this season. Because of that, he will almost assuredly be added to the 40-man roster to protect him from December's Rule 5 draft. There are currently four spots open on the 40-man roster, with a host of possible candidates for addition.
Cody Allen, Carlos Carrasco, and where to subtract in Cleveland | Fangraphs - Matthew Kory points out the the Indians gave up only one fewer run than the eventual World Series champs, but the also scored just 47 more runs than the last place White Sox. The solution? Simple - get more offense! Of course it's not that's simple, because there are tons of possible pieces that can be moved to acquire said offense, and most of the potential moves involve significant risk.
Blue Jays, Indians discussing possible trade | Waiting For Next Year - There have been some rumours on the Twitters about a possible Jays/Tribe swap, so WFNY's Jacob Rosen discusses the possibility of trading for Kevin Pillar or Ben Revere.
Indians signs OF Shane Robinson, C Adam Moore to minor league contract | Cleveland.com - For all those eagerly awaiting the first blockbuster move of the Tribe offseason, your prayers have been answered.
All-time Indians: Bob Lemon | Burning River Baseball - BRB details the career of a man who started as an amateur signee and pinch hitter, left to fight WWII, and returned as a pitcher who went on to win a World Series and become a Hall of Famer.
Tidbits from around MLB
- In case you missed the MVP news, the BBWAA voted Bryce Harper the unanimous NL MVP, and Josh Donaldson the AL MVP
- Commissioner Manfred has announced, among other things, the addition of more expansive safety netting and a limited rollout of in-market streaming for MLB games in 2016
- There will be not one, but three games on Opening Day Sunday in 2016, including a World Series rematch
- Former D-Back and Padres GM Josh Byrnes has been added to the list of potential GM candidates in Toronto
- The White Sox are apparently frustrated with Avasail Garcia, and thus open to trading him
- Andy Van Slyke thinks Robinson Cano is the worst second basement he's seen in 20 years