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Author: Joseph Coblitz

The Tomlin Effect on Bullpen Depth

The Sports Daily > Burning River Baseball The Tomlin Effect on Bullpen Depth Using Josh Tomlin‘s $3M option for 2018 may have been the Indians easiest decision this off-season. For a 2.2 fWAR pitcher in 2017 who has averaged about 1 fWAR per healthy season since he began his MLB career in 2010, this amount is incredibly paltry. Already this year, Michael Fiers (who was below replacement level value in 2017) has signed for $6M and Drew Smyly, who didn’t pitch at all in 2017 and will miss at least some of 2018 just signed for $10M over two years....

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Tribe Loses Surprise Pitcher in Rule 5 Draft

The Sports Daily > Burning River Baseball Tribe Loses Surprise Pitcher in Rule 5 Draft While there was some worry that the Indians could lose a major name in the rule five draft this year, the bigger prospects survived the 18 picks in this year’s MLB phase. However, the Indians did lose one player, relief pitcher Jordan Milbrath to the Pirates with the 8th overall selection. The Indians did not take a player in the MLB phase. Milbrath has been with the Indians since being taken in the 2013 draft out of Augustana College, but had not yet reached AAA....

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Can the Indians Jump in on the Marlins Fire Sale?

The Sports Daily > Burning River Baseball Can the Indians Jump in on the Marlins Fire Sale? While the off-season got off to an extremely slow start, the signing of Shohei Otani with the Angels, then the trade of Giancarlo Stanton from Miami to New York seems to have broken the dam. While the Indians weren’t linked to either player, there is no question they would have loved to have either of the incredibly exciting young athletes in Cleveland. However, the extreme price of Stanton (along with his no trade clause) as well as Otani’s unique situation that allowed him...

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