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(Sports Illustrated)   For the 2013 reboot of Major League, the role of Willie Mays Hays will be played by Michael Bourne   (sportsillustrated.cnn.com) divider line 33
    More: Interesting, Michael Bourn, Major League Baseball, Michael Bourne, Indians, Brett Myers, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Drew Stubbs, Jason Giambi  
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2013-02-12 09:29:44 AM
At least the indians aren't sittting around doing nothing this offseason like usual. Hopefully they will wait at least 1.5 years before they start selling everyone off
 
2013-02-12 09:51:47 AM
Hmmmmm, interesting move Indians... Well, my White Sox should be in a battle now... with the Twins... for last place.
 
2013-02-12 09:53:47 AM
 Big Thanks to the Dolan family, they unloaded the Browns and can actually spend some cash on the Indians!!!!

Thank you so much!!!!!!  Great baseball will be back at the corner of   Carnegie and Ontario!


Go Tribe!  I am excited for this season!
 
2013-02-12 09:54:08 AM
Can he pitch? No? Oh well...

Seriously, the Indians identified areas of need this off-season & the Dolans pried open their wallets, so good for them! Don't think it will be enough to catch the Tigers this year, but it sure beats tryiing to spin  a season like last year with pereptually injured players (Hafner,Sizemore) & AAAA studs (Duncan, Lillibridge).

Also, Cleveland has apparently gotten two guys (Swisher,Bourn) with almost the same contracts offered by the NY Mets! Players teams actually want are picking the Indians over the Mets?!
 
2013-02-12 09:56:07 AM
They're still shiatty.
 
2013-02-12 10:02:01 AM
"I thought you said you didn't have any high priced talent."
 
2013-02-12 10:11:46 AM
I still think Tomlin was the better Hays, Snipes was too goofy.
 
2013-02-12 10:29:23 AM
For a moment I thought from the headline they really were going to do a remake of Major League.

*whew*  At least one unnecessary remake/reboot averted.
 
2013-02-12 10:51:39 AM
They still have a team???
 
2013-02-12 11:22:32 AM

dentalhilljack: "I thought you said you didn't have any high priced talent."


"I forgot about Bourne because he's only high priced."
 
2013-02-12 11:22:58 AM

buckeyebrain: They still have a team???


Yup, they've got uniforms and everything, it's really great!
 
2013-02-12 11:28:47 AM
Come on Bourne, get in front of the damn ball! Don't give me this "olé" bullshiat!
 
2013-02-12 11:41:32 AM
Oh shiat!  I had to settle for Cleveland already?
 
2013-02-12 11:44:28 AM

Silverstaff: For a moment I thought from the headline they really were going to do a remake of Major League.

*whew*  At least one unnecessary remake/reboot averted.


Ya, I mean that would be like making another Highlander or Terminator.
 
2013-02-12 11:59:11 AM
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2013-02-12 12:12:23 PM
Unless I'm forgetting something, the only pitcher that the Indians signed was Daisuke Matsuzaka. Therefore they are still doomed to an unnecessarily expensive fourth or fifth place finish, depending on how bad the Twins are this season.
 
2013-02-12 12:15:33 PM
So now, the Tribe loses game 9-5 instead of 9-3? Oh, boy! Candy and unicorns for everyone!
 
2013-02-12 12:33:57 PM

Cagey B: Unless I'm forgetting something, the only pitcher that the Indians signed was Daisuke Matsuzaka. Therefore they are still doomed to an unnecessarily expensive fourth or fifth place finish, depending on how bad the Twins are this season.


They got Brett Myers too. 4th place is a lock.
 
2013-02-12 12:40:27 PM

vdawg: Cagey B: Unless I'm forgetting something, the only pitcher that the Indians signed was Daisuke Matsuzaka. Therefore they are still doomed to an unnecessarily expensive fourth or fifth place finish, depending on how bad the Twins are this season.

They got Brett Myers too. 4th place is a lock.


You forgot Nick Swisher. 3rd is a maybe. No way you're beating my Sox, though.
 
2013-02-12 12:43:07 PM

RedPhoenix122: dentalhilljack: "I thought you said you didn't have any high priced talent."

"I forgot about Bourne Swisher because he's only high priced."


FTFY.  Bourn at least has a couple of Gold Gloves and can steal.  Swisher had to Tweet his way into an All-Star game and will completely forget how to hit if the Indians are fortunate enough to get into the postseason, plus the Bro/Man/Dude stuff will get very old very quickly.  During his time on the Yankees I saw Swisher muff or misjudge countless routine fly balls because he was too busy mugging to the Bleacher Creatures.  Indians fans will either love him or hate him.  If it's hate like it was in Chicago, the Indians are doomed because he'll pout and play like crap because he'll be sad that nobody likes him.

/wish I were kidding
//good luck, Indians
 
2013-02-12 12:46:21 PM

SkylineRecords: vdawg: Cagey B: Unless I'm forgetting something, the only pitcher that the Indians signed was Daisuke Matsuzaka. Therefore they are still doomed to an unnecessarily expensive fourth or fifth place finish, depending on how bad the Twins are this season.

They got Brett Myers too. 4th place is a lock.

You forgot Nick Swisher. 3rd is a maybe. No way you're beating my Sox, though.


Nick Swisher pitches?
 
2013-02-12 12:49:41 PM

Cagey B: SkylineRecords: vdawg: Cagey B: Unless I'm forgetting something, the only pitcher that the Indians signed was Daisuke Matsuzaka. Therefore they are still doomed to an unnecessarily expensive fourth or fifth place finish, depending on how bad the Twins are this season.

They got Brett Myers too. 4th place is a lock.

You forgot Nick Swisher. 3rd is a maybe. No way you're beating my Sox, though.

Nick Swisher pitches?


Lol, hopefully he does!
 
2013-02-12 01:06:46 PM
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/Go Sox!
 
2013-02-12 01:36:31 PM
The traditionally cash-strapped Tribe doled out a four-year, $56 million contract to lure Swisher to Cleveland, and also used one-year pacts to reel in first baseman Mark Reynolds and pitcher Brett Myers. Cleveland also acquired outfielder Drew Stubbs, pitching prospect Trevor Bauer and relievers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw in a three-team, nine-player trade with the Reds and D-backs.

This past weekend, the Indians also signed veteran Jason Giambi to a Minor League contract -- an avenue also used to net players such as Scott Kazmir and Matt Capps. The Tribe also has an agreement in place on a Minor League deal for pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
 
2013-02-12 02:01:02 PM
Jobu is pleased.Jobu will he even more pleased with the offering of a bottle of Kraken, a box of Partagas 898's, and a 10-piece original recipie bucket./Breasts and wings only; Jobu trying to cut down on his cholesterol.
 
2013-02-12 02:02:24 PM
Ouch...right in the formatting...
 
2013-02-12 03:44:08 PM
$12-million per is a nice chunk for a non-power hitting outfielder who strikes out too much and doesn't get on base enough. Scott Boras is a genius
 
2013-02-12 03:59:35 PM
Hope you guys enjoy Trevor Bauer:

Good luck Carlos Santana
 
2013-02-12 05:01:31 PM
I like how we only get baseball threads on the days I'm busy now.

The fact that Shane Victorino got a higher AAV than Bourn suggests one of two things: either Ben Cherington is physically incapable of handing out a contract with an AAV other than $13mil, or the CBA is completely broken.

Or both. Probably both.
 
2013-02-12 05:20:46 PM

DeWayne Mann: I like how we only get baseball threads on the days I'm busy now.


Was wondering where you were.

DeWayne Mann: the CBA is completely broken.


I'm already imagining that the union is asking if they can modify the compensation rules in a year or two. I'm guessing that, next year, you'll see one of two things happen:

1) Teams won't give qualifying offers to any FA-to-be that they don't actually want to keep, for fear that the player will just turn around and say "It's probably better than what I'll get out there" and accept it. (For example, can you imagine the Cubs giving a qualifying offer to Soriano after 2014, only for him to actually stick around for another year?)
2) Free agents which have draft compensation attached will be (somewhat) more flexible in how deals are structured, to avoid sitting around and waiting too long because teams don't want to give up the draft money for them. (And it's the hit to the draft cap, not the pick itself, which is the bigger issue here.)  It's obvious that most teams aren't going to just sign players to long-term, big-money deals without a *lot* of hesitation and negotiation. Vesting options and buyout clauses are going to be much more popular.
 
2013-02-12 05:46:55 PM

Joe_diGriz: Was wondering where you were.


I had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO YESTERDAY.

We got a single thread even remotely related to baseball, late at night, that STILL only has a handful of posts.

Argh.

Joe_diGriz: I'm already imagining that the union is asking if they can modify the compensation rules in a year or two.


Well the Mets are already trying to get them changed.

But there's a lot of issues with this system. For one thing, the qualifying offer level (for this year, at least) is WAY too low. I know it's based on the average of the X many highest paid players, but average players tend to get an AAV of around $10mil. So a 1 year, $12mil is way, way too low.

If I were to design a free agent compensation system (and I'm not convinced we need one), I'd do something like this:

Each draft has X number of "empty" draft slots (whether that number is fixed, like 5 per year, or flexible from year to year, I'd have to think about). On opening day, whichever team lost the top free agent (ranked by something like AAV) gets the first empty slot. Whichever team lost the second ranked FA gets the second empty slot, and so on down to X.

There's a few other issues with that, but it would absolutely stop this thing where the supposed "best" guys available can't get jobs.
 
2013-02-12 05:51:49 PM

DeWayne Mann: I like how we only get baseball threads on the days I'm busy now.


I complain about lack of threads. We should get one a day at least, or fark it at most. I thought Miguel Montero introducing Trevor Bauer to the bus was great. Redlit of course.
 
2013-02-12 05:52:58 PM

DeWayne Mann: We got a single thread even remotely related to baseball, late at night, that STILL only has a handful of posts.


That pissed me off more, greenlight an article/thread that nobody will pay attention to because it's almost midnight ET
 
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