Happy Friday, Tribe fans! Pitchers and catchers have reported, so baseball can be considered technically back. It’ll be a little while longer before all players are in camp and even longer still before actual games happen, but at least now the photo library for these articles will be updated and I won’t have to see the [redacted] Yankees every time I search “Cleveland Indians”.
Cleveland hasn’t had to go to arbitration with their players very often in the last few decades. Since 1991, they had only went to hearings with Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano in 2014 (the team won both). Now, in 2018, Bauer has emerged victorious, earning $6.525 million as opposed to the $5.3 million that was originally offered by the team.
We all hoped that this wouldn’t happen, but it looks like Brantley is still struggling with injury and will be slow to start this spring.
Pitchers! Catchers! Close up photos of cleats! Baseball!
With 60% of the division being in rebuild mode and 20% being the Twins, the Indians should pick up another AL Central pennant in 2018.
Around the league
- Anthony Rizzo attended the Parkland vigil in Florida and called for change.
- Eduardo Nunez will return to the Red Sox in 2018.
- Looks like the “win, dance, repeat” folks weren’t always so buddy buddy after all.
- Despite being named after a PepsiCo product, Tropicana Field will only sell Coke products this season.
- We may be entering a new age of Big Time Timmy Jim:
tim lincecum threw for 25-30 scouts this afternoon in seattle (at least 15 teams, likely 20). said to have thrown 90-93 mph, better than two years ago. chance for a job: improved.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 15, 2018