Reports are circling that the Indians are close to signing free agent outfielder Johnny Damon. No official announcement has been made, but with an off day on Thursday a lot of ground could be covered in getting to a deal and a signing could even be announced later in the day. Damon, 38, will be entering his 18th Major League season, as he spent 14 of the previous 17 seasons with the Royals, Red Sox and Yankees.
The Carolina Mudcats (3-2) were able to pull off a 5-3 win to take the series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (2-3) on a chilly evening at Five County Stadium Wednesday to wrap up their three game set. The Mudcats now have opened up the year with two straight series wins as they were able to take two of three from both the Blue Rocks and the Winston Salem Dash to open the year.
Might a Crowe be perched in the outfield in Cleveland? Might there be a new Cook in Akron? Which top prospect drilled his third home run and fourth multi-hit game of the season? Kevin take a tour of the minor leagues from last night's games in the latest and greatest installment of Around the Farm, originated right here at IPI.
The Lake County Captains topped off their three-game series with the Great Lakes Loons in an extra-inning 5-4 loss Wednesday afternoon. Great Lakes jumped on Lake County starter Felix Sterling early in the first inning. Designated hitter Jesus Alberto Arredondo laced a line-drive single to center and advanced to second when first baseman Joseph Winker reached on an error.
The Clippers fell to the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday night 8-6 in game three of the series despite getting five home runs by five separate players. The loss snapped their five game win streak as lefty Justin Wilson picked up the win making the Clippers 1-2 on the season versus left handed pitchers. A rough third inning where the Clippers gave up three runs on two errors took the wind out of them as they were not able to recover.
The Carolina Mudcats are full of potential. This scrappy and talented bunch just might be as good as Lake County. Jim Pete starts a new season with Fishing for Mudcats, the weekly Carolina Mudcat notebook.
High-A Carolina Mudcats left-handed pitcher T.J. House had a disappointing season last year, but Monday night he had a great 2012 debut with seven shutout innings. Tony recently sat down with House and talked about his season last year and what he did to fix some of the struggles he went through.
Lonnie Chisenhall amps up his offense in Columbus, while Rob Bryson showcases one of the best bullpen arms in baseball. Another prospect finds himself at the top of ATF once again, profiling perhaps the best talent in the system. Jim Pete brings a spring, wintry mix at yesterday's minor league performances.
It was a cold night in Columbus Tuesday, with temperatures dropping into the high-30s, but on the diamond, the Columbus Clippers managed to stay hot. The Clippers (5-1), won their fifth game in a row—second straight on a walk-off hit—beating the Indianapolis Indians (2-3), 5-4, in front of 4,245 fans at Huntington Park. In the bottom of the 12th inning, Clippers’ first baseman Russ Canzler hit a line-drive single to left field, bringing home pinch runner Chad Huffman to give Columbus the win.
The Akron Aeros failed to receive a quality start for the first time in the 2012 season, as the Altoona Curve used strong hitting and pitching to win 6-1. Akron left-hander Eric Berger, who worked mostly out of the bullpen in 2011, was dominant early as he struck out the first five hitters he faced. Berger faced just one batter over the minimum before Altoona scored six runs in the fourth inning, their total for the game.
In their attempt to take the series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the second game the Mudcats lost a close one 3-2. Right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar took the mound for the Mudcats and went into the game on a strict pitch limit as he is still in the process of being stretched out. He is the only member of the Mudcats on the Cleveland Indians 40-man roster. Salazar had a less then stellar outing as he ended up going three and two thirds innings and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks.
The Lake County Captains dropped the second game of their three-game series against the Great Lakes Loons on Tuesday night, 5-4. The Captains jumped on the board first as leadoff hitter center fielder LeVon Washington reached base on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Great Lakes third baseman Jesse Bosnik. Washington moved to third on a groundout by shortstop Francisco Lindor and scored when designated hitter Alex Monsalve sent a single to right.
The Akron Aeros got off to a fast start this past week (or five days, really), going 3-1 in four games over the Binghamton Mets and Altoona Curve. There were obviously things that did not go well, but anytime a team takes three-of-four on the road, it’s a good thing. Jimmy P. has his first Aeros notebook of the season and touches on how the team and some players have played in the early going.
Tony and Jim return to the cyberwaves tonight with another edition of Smoke Signals at 10:00PM. Tonight they will touch on some good things happening with the Tribe with the extension to Carlos Santana and the good first starts for Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Derek Lowe. Of course, they will touch on the bad things happening like an anemic offense and a closer blowing games!
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed catcher Carlos Santa to a five year contract extension which also includes a club option for 2017. Considering he is an All Star caliber talent and has only scratched the surface with his offensive potential, the Indians are locking in his arbitration figures and potentially buying out one free agent year with the club option for 2017.
The Indians have reportedly signed catcher Carlos Santana and will announce the deal some time on Tuesday. The multi-year deal will lock him up through his arbitration years and possibly buy out one or two years of free agency. With Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera in the fold, who will the Indians target next?
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