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How did the Cleveland Indians acquire their current 2015 MLB players?

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Or the continuing opus of Jerry Dybzinski...

Who knew a light hitting shortstop begets a Cy Young?
Who knew a light hitting shortstop begets a Cy Young?
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The 2015 season was not nearly as rough on long chains as 2014 was. And we got good news for fans of Dybzinski (like myself) as Corey Kluber signed that extension that could keep him in Cleveland until 2021. So the drafting of old friend Jerry could approach 44 seasons if Kluber plays through all of his options. And that would be just three years short of the franchise record of 47 years; set when drafting of Ray Fosse in 1965 lasted through John Drennen in 2012.

There currently is only one significant long chain in Kluber. Bryan Shaw and Trevor Bauer are both four degree guys though. And a new three chain arrived in the form of Abraham Almonte, who looks like he may stick around in 2016.

The longest tenured draftee still belongs to Josh Tomlin from 2006. The next draft year that still has players in the system is 2008. Those are Lonnie Chisenhall (1), Trey Haley (2), T.J. House (16) and Roberto Perez (33). But that is only half of who was left last year as Tim Fedroff (7), Clayton Cook (9), Adam Abraham (13) and Benny Suarez (36) have moved on. The 2009 draft is getting low as well with just four (five?) guys left as well: Jason Kipnis (2), Austin Adams (5), Joseph Colon (12) and Tyler Sturdivant (27). Mike Rayl (15) is gone and Carlos Moncrief (14) is in DFA land right now.

The longest tenured amateur free agent is still Danny Salazar from 2007. There are just three players signed in 2008 left: Jesus Aguilar, Giovanny Urshela, and Justin Toole, with the departure of Elvis Araujo. There are just three left from 2009 as well, C.C. Lee, Erik Gonzalez and Alex Monsalve.

This year, the Indians only signed 23 of their 41 draft picks. But Brady Aiken (1), Tyler Krieger (4) and Justin Garza (8) have yet to suit up for a Tribe affiliate. And none of the international free agents form this year (Jose Fermin, Henry Pujols and Luis Ovedo) have dressed yet either, but that isn't uncommon with those signings.

After the list of all the team rosters with how each player was acquired is a list of players let go in the past year. If they have joined another team, they are noted in parentheses.

Notes: I have included compensation draft picks as being more than one degree as the Indians obtained that pick based on a player they formally held rights to. Also, when I have identified a free agent year, it is the year they signed for (i.e. December 11 would be 2012). Additionally, whenever I could not find confirmation of an amateur free agent signing, the year defaults to their first appearance. [aFA = amateur free agent, mFA = minor league free agent]

All data is through Sunday September 6. Today we will focus on the major league roster. Saturday will be the Columbus Clippers, Akron RubberDucks and Lynchburg Hillcats rosters. And then on Monday we will look at the Lake County Captains, Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Arizona and Dominican Rookie League rosters.

Players on the roster

Cleveland Indians

One Degree

Draft 2006: Josh Tomlin (19)

Draft 2008: Lonnie Chisenhall (1); T.J. House (16); Roberto Perez (33)

Draft 2009: Jason Kipnis (2); Austin Adams (5)

Draft 2011: Francisco Lindor (1); Cody Allen (23); Cody Anderson (14); Shawn Armstrong (18)

Draft 2013: Kyle Crockett (4)

aFA 2007: Danny Salazar

aFA 2008: Giovanny Urshela

aFA 2011: Jose Ramirez

FA 2014: Gavin Floyd (originally drafted 1 by Phillies in 2001)

mFA 2013: Ryan Raburn (originally drafted 5 by Tigers in 2001)

mFA 2015: Jeff Manship (originally drafted 14 by Twins in 2006); Ryan Webb (originally drafted 4 by A's in 2004); Michael Martinez (originally 2005 aFA by Nationals); Jerry Sands (originally drafted 25 by Dodgers in 2008)

Two Degrees

Nick Hagadone (originally drafted 1 by Red Sox in 2007)

1.  Trade 2009 Red Sox with Justin Masterson and Bryan Price for Victor Martinez

2.  Martinez - aFA 1996

Yan Gomes (originally drafted 10 by Blue Jays in 2009)

1.  Trade Blue Jays 2013 with Mike Aviles for Esmil Rogers

2.  Rogers - Purchase 2012 from Rockies

Mike Aviles (originally drafted 7 by Royals in 2003)

1.  Trade Blue Jays 2013 with Yan Gomes for Esmil Rogers

2.  Rogers - Purchase 2012 from Rockies

Carlos Santana (originally 2004 aFA by Dodgers)

1.  Trade 2008 Dodgers with John Meloan for Casey Blake

2.  Blake - mFA 2002

Michael Brantley (originally drafted 7 by Brewers in 2005)

1.  Trade Brewers 2008 (PTBNL) with Matt Laporta, Rob Bryson and Zach Jackson for CC Sabathia

2.  Sabathia - Draft 1998 (1)

Zach McAllister (originally drafted 3 by Yankees in 2006)

1.  Trade Yankees 2010 for Austin Kearns

2.  Kearns - mFA 2010

Giovanni Soto - (originally drafted 21 by Tigers in 2009)

1.  Trade Tigers 2010 for Jhonny Peralta

2.  Peralta - aFA 1999

Chris Johnson (originally drafted 4 by Astros in 2006)

1.  Trade Braves 2015 for Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn

2.  A. Swisher - Free Agent 2013

B. Bourn - Free Agent 2013

Three Degrees

Carlos Carrasco (originally aFA by Phillies in 2001)

1.  Trade 2009 Phillies with Jason Donald, Lou Marson and Jason Knapp for Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco

2.  A. Francisco - Draft 2002 (5)

B. Lee - Trade 2002 Expos with Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips and Grady Sizemore for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew

3.  A. Colon - aFA 1993

B. Drew - Draft 1997 (1)

Abraham Almonte (originally aFA by Yankees in 2005)

1.  Trade 2015 Padres for Marc Rzepczynski

5.  Trade Cardinals 2013 for Juan Herrera

3.  Herrera - aFA 2011

Four Degrees

Trevor Bauer (originally drafted 1 by Diamondbacks in 2011)

1.  Trade 2013 Diamondbacks (and Reds) with Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw for Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson to Diamondbacks (Shin-Shoo Choo and Jason Donald to Reds; Reds sent Didi Gregorius to the Diamondbacks)

2.  A. Choo - Trade 2006 Mariners with Shawn Nottingham (PTBNL) for Ben Broussard

B. Donald - Trade 2009 Phillies with Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson and Jason Knapp for Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco

C. Sipp - Draft 2004 (45)

D. Anderson - Trade 2012 Red Sox for Stephen Wright

3.  A. Broussard - Trade 2002 Reds for Russell Branyan

B. Francisco - Draft 2002 (5)

C. Lee - Trade 2002 Expos with Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips and Grady Sizemore for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew

D. Wright - Draft 2006 (2) compensation for Kevin Millwood

4.  A. Branyan - Draft 1994 (7)

B. Colon - aFA 1993

C. Drew - Draft 1997 (1)

D. Millwood - FA 2005

Bryan Shaw (originally drafted 2 by Diamondbacks in 2008)

1.  Trade 2013 Diamondbacks (and Reds) with Matt Albers and Trevor Bauer for Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson to Diamondbacks (Shin-Shoo Choo and Jason Donald to Reds; Reds sent Didi Gregorius to the Diamondbacks)

2 to 4.  See Bauer details 2 thru 4

Nine Degrees

Cory Kluber, (originally drafted 4 by Padres in 2007)

1.  Trade 2010 Padres (and Cardinals) for Jake Westbrook (to Cardinals; Cardinals sent Ryan Ludwick to the Padres and the Padres sent Nick Greenwood to the Cardinals)

2.  Jake Westbrook Trade 2000 Yankees with Ricky Ledee and Zach Day for David Justice

3.  Justice - Trade 1997 Braves with Marquis Grissom for Alan Embree and Kenny Lofton

4.  A. Embree - Draft 1989 (5)

B. Lofton - Trade 1992 Astros with Dave Rohde for Willie Blair and Eddie Taubensee

5.  A. Blair - Trade 1990 Athletics for Alex Sanchez

B. Taubensee - Waivers 1991 from Athletics

6.  Sanchez - Trade 1990 Blue Jays (PTBNL) with Mauro Gozzo and Steve Cummings for Bud Black

7.  Black - Trade 1988 Royals for Pat Tabler

8. Tabler - Trade 1983 White Sox for Jerry Dybzinski

9. Dybzinski - Draft 1977 (15)

Players who have moved on

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

FA 2013: Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn [traded to ATL for Chris Johnson]

FA 2014: David Murphy [traded to LAA for Eric Stamets]

mFA 2013: Jason Giambi [retired]

mFA 2014: Scott Atchison [Waived, MIN-AA]

Trade 2014: Chris Dickerson [FA, TOR-AAA]; Chris Gimenez from TEX [FA, TEX-MLB]

Two Degrees

Trade 2013: Marc Rzepczynski [traded to SDP for Abraham Almonte]

Trade 2015: Brandon Moss [traded to STL for Rob Kaminsky]