Everyone else got to bask in the glory of a new Star Wars movie last night, but I just got it spoiled by my punk cousin on Facebook. So in honor of that, here's an extra special cranky edition of N&N:
Indians news & notes
Indians take a good gamble on Mike Napoli | Fangraphs - It wasn't the big blockbuster, but the Napoli signing could be a significant upgrade. Matthew Kory argues that despite the potential downsides, as evidenced by his horrendous first half last year, the signing has a good chance of working out. Of particular note is how well Napoli hit at Fenway; given the peculiarities of that park, The Big Nap projects well at Progressive Field.
Davis brings versatility to Tribe's outfield, lineup | Indians.com - Rajai Davis spent significant time in both CF and LF last year, so his glove may be a welcome addition in... uh, addition, to his bat. For what it's worth, Fangraphs ranks Davis as quite a bit better in CF according to UZR/150.
How [Wednesday's] news affects tomorrows Tribe | Burning River Baseball - Joseph Coblitz really likes the Davis and Napoli signings. He projects the 2016 lineup, which he feels will be much stringer than the pre-signings lineup that would have relied heavily on journeymen to fill significant gaps.
Why couldn't Indians and Reds work out a deal for Todd Frazier? | Cleveland.com - Hoynsie provides his unique take on the high profile deal that didn't happen - in video form!
Morimando creates more depth and has become a pitcher to know | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? - The Indians are blessed with pitching talent in the upper levels of their system, so much so that a guy like Shawn Morimando might fly under the radar. After a great season in Akron, the FO added Morimando to the 40-man roster this offseason. If his upward trend continues, he could be a legitimate contributor in the very near future.
Tidbits from around MLB
- Fangraphs projects the (underwhelming?) prospects that were part of the Todd Frazier trade
- The Orioles and Korean OF Hyun-Soo Kim have agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract
- Caig Calcaterra tears apart dummies who keep making tired arguments for Pete Rose's reinstatement into baseball
- Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nats and Reds have a deal in place that would send Brandon Phillips to DC
- A Japanese report claims a failed physical has the Dodgers backing away from the Hisashi Iwakuma deal
- As a result, LA is said to be in talks with Tampa about acquiring Jake Odorizzi
- Or, are the Dodgers stockpiling prospects in hopes of getting a hold of Jose Fernandez?
- Commissioner Manfred doesn't care for opt-out clauses, apparently
- The Mets have re-signed good ol' Bartolo Colon