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Let's Go Tribe's 10 most popular news stories of 2015

Here is the news most people were interested in this year.

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Over the next few days leading up to New Year's, we will be running down our most popular posts by type, starting today with news stories. These are simply sorted in descending order by page views and nothing else, but also note that they do not include Morning News & Notes posts, which sometimes get a lot of attention but they are a little different than these posts which are Let's Go Tribe writers specifically reporting on events. This also does not include rumors--those are getting their own post tomorrow.

Did you have any favorite news stories of ours that didn't make the list? Put it in the comments!

Weirdly enough, Nick Swisher's upbeat attitude and constant cheerleading grated a bit on players when things went south. Not everyone was heartbroken to hear he was traded to the Atlanta Braves. The player that the Indians acquired in exchange for Swisher (and Michael Bourn), Chris Johnson, was released earlier this week.

Remember that time the Indians turned Joe Wendle into their top pitching prospect? That pact with the devil that began when they traded Wendle for Brandon Moss last year ended this July when they traded Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for Rob Kaminsky. The trade  looked pretty lopsided on the outset, considering the Cardinals were only getting one half-year of Moss, but they seem pretty happy with it.

The first trade of the Indians 2015 offseason and they acquired Kirby Yates from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash. With the influx of relievers the Tribe have signed recently it may be harder for Yates to make the roster out of Spring Training, but I am still a fan.

They really screwed this up. It should have been Omar Vizquel, Omar Vizquel, Omar Vizquel, and Omar Vizquel, obviously.

Former "bullpen mafia" member Chris Perez retired at the age of 30 earlier this year. Perez's last Major League appearance was for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014. His time in Cleveland ended, um, not well.

Once it became clear that Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher were not going to live up to their big contracts, it looked like the Indians were going to be stuck with them until those deals ran out. But like a galant knight riding a horse made of money, the Atlanta Braves stormed into Cleveland and stole Swisher and Bourn in the night. In exchange, they also dropped off Chris Johnson and with a tab for $17 million stapled to his forehead.

What a weird time this was. Lonnie Chisenhall was a pariah on his way down to work in Triple-A, and no one knew what to expect from Urshela. We now a bit more about Urshela now, but a lot is still up in the air. As for Chisenhall, everyone loves him again and he is holding down right field for the near future.

Mike Aviles and his daughter Adrianna was one of the most heartwarming, yet tragic stories of the season. The Indians reportedly had some suitors for the utility infielder at the trade deadline, but they pledged not to trade him while little Adrianna was receiving treatment for leukemia in Cleveland hospitals.

December 16, 2015

We are rounding out the top 10 with the two biggest free agent signings the Indians made in 2015--Rajai Davis and Mike Napoli. Davis was signed to a one-year, $5.25 million deal plus incentives. He passed his physical a few days later, which resulted in Chris Johnson being cut from the 40-man roster to make room.

December 16, 2015

Napoli should be taking over first base, which would put Carlos Santana permanently at designated hitter. His deal is for $7 million, but it could go up to $10 with incentives. Strangely enough, despite details of the signing being out since December 16 and Napoli reportedly passing his physical, the Indians still have not made the signing official. When they do, someone else will need to be removed from the 40-man roster.