By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com
Are you concerned about the Tribes starting pitching? #KNRTribe— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) April 6, 2014
@ESPNCleveland ummm yeah! They got worse from last year— Noah Jackson (@Njackso7) April 6, 2014
By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com
@ESPNCleveland he's terrible. I'd rather have jaret wright make a comeback smh— Mike Shields (@mashields) April 5, 2014
@ESPNCleveland Bad, the only reason he got the 5th spot was he was out of options. Based on spring training Hurang should have won that spot— Don Mullins (@dmullins8) April 5, 2014
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CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed INF JASON KIPNIS to a six-year contract extension thru the 2019 season with a club option for 2020.
Kipnis, who turned 27 yesterday, is coming off his first American League All-Star selection in 2013, hitting .284 (160-564) while leading the 2013 AL Wild Card participants in runs (86), hits (160), RBI (84) and steals (30) in just his second full Major League season. He became just the sixth Indian in the 113-year history of the franchise to eclipse the 15 home run/30 steal barrier and finished tied for 7th in the AL in walks (76), tied for 9th in steals (30) and finished in the top 20 in RBI (T16th, 84) and on-base pct (14th, .366).
Entering his fourth overall season in the Majors, he has quickly established himself among the league’s best second basemen, finishing 3rd among MLB second sackers in OPS (.818), 2nd in stolen bases and tied for 3rd in RBI among his second base peers in 2013. The Chicago, IL native’s team-high 84RBI were the most by an Indians 2B since Roberto Alomar (100) in 2001 as he became the first Tribe 2B since 1948 to lead the team outright in RBI.
The homegrown product was originally selected by Cleveland in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University. An outfielder in high school and college, Kipnis began the transition into the infield during the 2010 campaign and made his debut at second base in 2011 less than a year later. Jason is one of 16 Indians on the current Major League roster under team control thru at least 2016.
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CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent RHP Aaron Harang to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Harang, 35, owns a career Major League record of 110-116 with a 4.28ERA in 325 games (319 starts), 1945.1 IP, 2041 H, 925 ER, 590 BB, 1573 SO, over a 12-year Major League career with six teams since debuting with Oakland in 2002. He was Cincinnati’s Opening Day starter over five straight seasons (2006-2010), finished fourth in the 2007 NL Cy Young Voting (16-6, 3.73ERA) and led the National League in wins (16), complete games (6) and strikeouts (216) in 2006.
Harang’s 289 starts since 2004 are the ninth highest total in the Majors over that span. Recently, his 3.61 ERA for the LA Dodgers in 2012 marked a career-low after posting a 3.64 ERA for San Diego the previous season.
The 6-7, San Diego native spent most of the 2013 season with the Seattle Mariners after going to spring training with the Dodgers, going 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts (77ER/120.1IP). He was the only Mariners pitcher to toss a shutout in 2013, recording a 4-hitter vs. San Diego in May and a 2-hitter vs. Houston in June.
He latched on with the New York Mets over the last month of the season after being released by the Mariners, going 0-1 w/a 3.52 ERA (23.0IP, 20H, 9ER, 26SO) and averaged 10.17 strikeouts per 9.0IP in four starts with the Mets.
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CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed OF Michael Brantley to a four-year contract with a club option for the 2018 campaign.
Brantley, 26, has spent his entire five-year Major League career with the Cleveland Indians since being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers following the 2008 season. The Port St. Lucie native has been a member of the club’s Opening Day lineup over each of the last four seasons since 2010 and owns a career Major League batting average of .277 (545-1968) with 100 doubles, 14 triples, 26 home runs and 212 RBI in 514 games. Brantley has appeared in 300 of the club’s 324 games (92.6%) over the past two seasons.
Brantley is coming off his finest season in 2013, batting a team-best .284 (158-556) with 66 runs scored, 26 doubles, 10 home runs and 73 RBI in 151 games. The 66 runs, 10 homers, 73 RBI and 17 stolen bases (21 attempts) all represented career-highs. After shifting over to left field in February, Brantley registered a club-high 11 assists and did not make an error the entire season, carrying a club-record 245-game errorless streak into 2014.
The left-handed hitter was a pivotal force in the club’s drive to the A.L. Wildcard, hitting .343 (34-98) with 14 RBI over the season’s final 26 games while his year-long .375 (45-120) mark with runners in scoring position was third-highest in the A.L. In addition to his outfield versatility, offensively he made starts in eight of the nine spots in Terry Francona’s batting order.
“Michael exemplifies the qualities we look for when bringing people - not just athletes - into our organization,” said Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Antonetti. “He has a clear vision of the type of player he wants to become and consistently exhibits the tireless work ethic, focus and discipline necessary to achieve his goals and those of our team. In a relatively short period of time, Michael has grown into a selfless leader who sets an example for our younger players.”
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Cleveland, OH — The Cleveland Indians on Monday named Brian Barren the organization’s new Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Brian joins the Indians after spending 24 years at Procter & Gamble, where most recently he was Director of the company’s Kroger Customer Business Development team, responsible for leading, training and developing close to a 100 employee multi-functional business team.
From his time at P&G, Barren brings expertise in general management, sales, marketing and brand development. Barren held multiple high-level leadership roles, including profit and loss responsibility, for two of P&G’s top seven business development teams in the world (Walmart, Kroger).
“We are excited to welcome Brian and his 24 years of experience at one of the most respected companies in the world,” said Indians President Mark Shapiro. “Brian is a strong, proven leader who aligns perfectly with our organizational values. I am confident he will make a very positive impact on the Indians organization, the Northeast Ohio community, and our fans.”
In his new role with the Indians, he will oversee all sales and marketing departments.