Cody Anderson wasn't very good in 2016. He wasn't great in 2015 either if you look at his peripherals, but he still got by with a decent ERA. Could part of the reason have been a bum elbow? We know from Danny Salazar how devasting a linger elbow injury can be, so maybe Big Country had the same issue as Salazar. Hopefully.
In less shocking news, the Indians were blanked in the Silver Slugger Awards. The Indians were a great team overall in 2016, but it's hard to find one standout offensive performer.
- Anderson has arthroscopic elbow surgery | MLB
He should be ready for Opening Day and we all know the Indians would never mess up an estimate like that. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Indians fans must not overreact to lack of offseason moves | Wahoo's On First
The Indians were a really good team and they really don't have to do a whole lot to get better. Don't expect any big moves, and try not to lose your mind when they don't happen.
- It doesn't hurt like '97 | Burning River Baseball
I personally cannot provide any context on this as I was seven in 1997, but I know for sure the 2016 World Series loss hurt like hell. If '97 was worse I'm glad I was too busy playing Diddy Kong Racing and being a mostly oblivious kid to notice.
Around the league
How you felt about 2016 | FanGraphs
Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs sampled his reader base on their satisfaction of the 2016 season. Indians fans were unsurprisingly happy with making it to the World Series while fans of the Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, and Arizona Diamondbacks were all mostly miserable. Also not surprising.
Where does Mark Trumbo fit the best? | MLB
Not pictured: The Cleveland Baseball Indians.
MLB likely to adopt a "Preller Rule" standardizing medical disclosures | NBC Sports
I'm more surprised this was not already a thing, to be honest. It was most likely one of those things that wasn't a big deal until someone pushed it to far and ruined the fun for everyone.
Silver Slugger Awards
Here's the full list of Silver Slugger winners, which were predictably absent of Indians players, courtesy of reddit:
C: Salvador Perez
1B: Miguel Cabrera
2B: Jose Altuve
SS: Xander Bogaerts
3B: Josh Donaldson
OF: Mike Trout
OF: Mookie Betts
OF: Mark Trumbo
DH: David Ortiz
C: Wilson Ramos
1B: Anthony Rizzo
2B: Daniel Murphy
SS: Corey Seager
3B: Nolan Arenado
OF: Yoenis Cespedes
OF: Christian Yelich
OF: Charlie Blackmon
P: Jake Arrieta