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Indians | Cleveland not rushing Francisco Lindor

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:01:15 -0800

Cleveland Indians SS Francisco Lindor won't be rushed to the big leagues this year, according to manager Terry Francona. Lindor is ranked as the Tribe's top prospects by several outlets and is ranked fourth among's top 100. Lindor is expected to start 2015 at Triple-A Columbus because the team is content with SS Jose Ramirez starting the season. Lindor hit .276 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles, four triples, 62 RBI, 75 runs and 28 stolen bases in 126 games between Class AA and AAA.

Fantasy Tip: Because Lindor won't start the year in the majors, he's not worth drafting in standard 12-team leagues. However, he'll be a popular waiver wire target for his combo of speed and power once he's up. It might not take long, depending on whether Ramirez can continue impressing the Tribe at the 6. Lindor is worth drafting and stashing in AL-only leagues, and he's very relevant in keeper and dynasty leagues.

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Indians | Nick Swisher remains on track

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:49:35 -0800

Cleveland Indians 1B Nick Swisher (knees) continues to progress on schedule for a mid-March return to game action, according to manager Terry Francona.

Fantasy Tip: At 34, there is little upside left in Swisher's bat. However, he is still capable of returning value on a late-round investment in mixed drafts. Continue to check his progress through the spring, though.

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Indians | Brandon Moss closing in on playing?

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:39:04 -0800

Cleveland Indians 1B Brandon Moss (hip) could be slightly ahead of his mid-March timeline for game action, according to manager Terry Francona.

Fantasy Tip: With power down across baseball, Moss carries additional value in fantasy leagues. He has averaged over 25 home runs per year over the past three seasons, including 30 in 2013. He'll likely slide lower in the middle rounds than he should during drafts due to his disastrous second half last season. However, his hip surgery hopefully took care of the main culprit. There should be huge profit potential, if Moss falls far enough on draft day.

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Indians | Corey Kluber in no hurry to talk contract

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:49:53 -0800

Cleveland Indians SP Corey Kluber doesn't want to focus on lack of movement in a contract extension. "It's not for me to worry about," Kluber said. "My job is to go out there and pitch. I'd rather just talk about pitching and not contract stuff."

Fantasy Tip: Considering Kluber will make over $500,000 having just won the Cy Young Award, he is a bargain. He likely won't be a bargain in most fantasy leagues this year. His price and draft status are headed way up on draft day. He should be one of your anchor pitchers in AL and mixed leagues.

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Indians | Nick Swisher swinging the bat well

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:23:07 -0800

Cleveland Indians 1B Nick Swisher (knees) is swinging the bat "really well," according to manager Terry Francona, and he could be ready for games by mid-March.

Fantasy Tip: His 2014 season was marred by injuries, but Swisher had eclipsed 20 home runs in his previous nine seasons. He could be worth a flier in traditional mixed leagues as a cheap source of power.

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Indians | Brandon Moss takes batting practice

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:33:25 -0800

Cleveland Indians 1B Brandon Moss (hip) participated in batting practice Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Fantasy Tip: Moss likely will take some time during spring training to prepare for the regular season. His eligibility at first base and as an outfielder should help his value, and he should be an option in the middle rounds of mixed leagues because of his power potential.

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Indians | Brandon Moss is pain-free

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:22:56 -0800

Cleveland Indians OF Brandon Moss (hip) said Tuesday, Feb. 24, that he is feeling very good after offseason hip surgery. He has looked surprisingly good in running drills. He is extremely optimistic about his chances of being ready for opening day.

Fantasy Tip: Moss has a very good bat, and he posted 25 homers with 81 RBIs in 147 games as a member of the Oakland Athletics despite a nagging hip injury. He could be a cheap source of power for FantasyScore owners in 2015.

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Indians | Michael Brantley has sore back

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:12:08 -0800

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (back) sat out sprint competitions at spring workouts due to a sore lower back.

Fantasy Tip: This is not the news fantasy owners want to hear, as Brantley came into his own as a power-speed threat last season. This could be "better safe than sorry" mode, but keep an eye on Brantley as camp progresses. David Murphy could see more outfield time if Brantley is unable to play. If healthy, Brantley is a decent fantasy option for all AL and mixed leagues.

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Indians | Francisco Lindor reports at 192 pounds

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:33:55 -0800

Cleveland Indians SS Francisco Lindor weighs 192 pounds and has seven percent body fat entering training camp.

Fantasy Tip: This could be the year for Lindor, who has been high on the Indians' prospect watch list for the past couple years. Keep an eye on his progress. Lindor may be a decent pickup for long-range and keeper leagues.

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Indians | Jose Ramirez loses some weight

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:00:44 -0800

Cleveland Indians SS Jose Ramirez impressed the coaching staff by reporting to camp lighter after gaining some weight over the winter. Manager Terry Francona's message "about taking charge" seems to have resonated with the youngster.

Fantasy Tip: Ramirez, just 22 years old, is slated to open the year as the team's starting shortstop. He's an impressive youngster who hit .262 with two home runs in 68 games last year, and he added 10 stolen bases. He's more of a candidate for AL-only leagues, but he could find his way to being useful in deep mixed leagues throughout the season.

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Indians | Carlos Carrasco's slider usage key

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:51:36 -0800

Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco, who was one of the most dominant pitchers in the league down the stretch last year (1.30 ERA with 78 walks and 11 K's in 69 innings), used his slider much more last season. The slider re-emerged when Carrasco was banished to the bullpen last year. He had thrown it just 12.7% of the time in April, but it went up to 19.8% in May, 25% in June and 21.2% in August and 29.4% in September. "When he came back from surgery (in '13), the slider wasn't quite the same as it was before, so he stayed away from it more than he had in the past," pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. "Last year, he really found that slider again -- that power slider where he really trusted that it was going to get down and away."

Fantasy Tip: As Castrovince mentions in his piece, Carrasco is set up to be the team's next pitching star beside Corey Kluber. You have to love the way Carrasco finished up his 2014 campaign. If he can carry that momentum into this season, he'll be one of the best value picks late in drafts, and he could be the X-factor for your fantasy pitching staff.

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Indians | Bruce Chen to get long look

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:14:45 -0800

The Cleveland Indians will let SP Bruce Chen compete for a spot in the rotation. If he is unable to secure a starting job the team will also look at him as a relief pitcher.

Fantasy Tip: Chen seemingly has been around forever, and the past few seasons he has been forgotten about on draft day in AL-only fantasy leagues. However, he seems to re-emerge as a useful option from time to time when he gets on a roll, and he just isn't going away. Don't be surprised in May or June if you're looking for a pitcher on the waiver wire and are tempted to add Chen again.

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Indians | Josh Tomlin in the hunt for spot

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:14:05 -0800

Cleveland Indians SP Josh Tomlin (elbow) is now one year removed from Tommy John surgery and he is in the hunt for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring. "He's going to help us. We can't make our roster out today, but he's in a good position to be successful," manager Terry Francona said Sunday, Feb. 22.

Fantasy Tip: Tomlin has proven in the past to be a very good fantasy option when he is going well, but he needs to prove his health and obviously win a job before returning to the radar of fantasy owners.

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Indians | T.J. House fighting for job

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:13:12 -0800

Cleveland Indians SP T.J. House is in the battle for the fifth rotation spot with the team this spring. "He's left-handed. He showed he could pitch in the A.L. He showed up this spring in much better shape than he has in the past. You can tell he knows he's fighting for a job," manager Terry Francona said Sunday, Feb. 22.

Fantasy Tip: House pitched well in spurts last season and could be a welcome addition to AL-only fantasy rosters if he wins a rotation spot.

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Indians | Danny Salazar in mix for job

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:11:13 -0800

Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar is in the running for the fifth rotation spot, and manager Terry Francona said Sunday, Feb. 22, that Salazar is much further along than he was at this time last season.

Fantasy Tip: Salazar is competing for a spot in a crowded Cleveland rotation, and he needs a good spring to avoid starting out in Columbus. His fantasy appeal will be determined in the next few weeks.

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Allen Cody RP
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Anderson Cody P
Andrade Brett P
Angulo Argenis P
Anthony Ryan P
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Chavez Jose SS
Chen Bruce SP
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