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The Indians had a historic 2017 season with an American League-record 22-game winning streak and their highest win total since 1954. And a historic team deserves recognition.

The Indians have eight nominees at this year’s Esurance MLB Awards led by Jose Ramirez‘s nomination for Best Major Leaguer. Austin Jackson‘s terrific over-the-fence catch is also up for Best Play, Defense; manager Terry Francona for Best Manager; and president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti for Best Executive.

The Indians had a historic 2017 season with an American League-record 22-game winning streak and their highest win total since 1954. And a historic team deserves recognition.

The Indians have eight nominees at this year’s Esurance MLB Awards led by Jose Ramirez‘s nomination for Best Major Leaguer. Austin Jackson‘s terrific over-the-fence catch is also up for Best Play, Defense; manager Terry Francona for Best Manager; and president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti for Best Executive.

Additionally, right-hander Corey Kluber is nominated for Best Pitcher and shortstop Francisco Lindor up for both Personality of the Year and Best Postseason Moment. Announcer Tom Hamilton has also been nominated for Best Call, TV/Radio.

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The MLB Awards are an all-inclusive program, encompassing the top players and performances from both the American and National Leagues from Opening Day through the end of the postseason.

Video: 2017 MLB Awards: Personality of the Year – Lindor

Voting led off with seven categories on Sept. 18 at mlb.com/awards, serving as the grand entrance of a program that unveiled nominees for Best Call, TV/Radio; Best Major Leaguer, Postseason; and Best Postseason Moment following the Fall Classic’s final out. The ninth inning of voting began around BBWAA Awards week, which opened when the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award winners were unveiled Monday, Nov. 13. Voting in the Best Executive, Best Rookie, Best Manager and Best Pitcher categories went live earlier this week, preceding balloting in the Best Major Leaguer category.

MLB Awards season will culminate Friday, when winners are announced live on MLB Network and MLB.com starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Ramirez proved to be one of the most versatile Major Leaguers as he split time between third and second base and put up All-Star numbers. He led the league with 56 doubles while setting career-highs in hits (186), runs (106), triples (6), home runs (29), RBIs (83), walks (52), batting average (.318), on-base percentage (.3 1993 Joe Carter Jersey 74) and slugging percentage  Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey (.583).

Video: 2017 MLB Awards: Best Play, Defense – Austin Jackson

Jackson had a resurgent year at the plate in his first year with the Indians, but the biggest highlight came on Aug. 1 against the Red Sox. Hanley Ramirez hit a deep fly ball to right-center field, and Jackson leaped, caught the ball, flipped over the fence, and held on for a spectacular catch.

“That was one of the best catches I think I’ve ever seen,” Francona said. “I’ve been in the game a long time. That’s a hard wall out there and a lot of guys run away from it. Austin went up and over. That was one of the most exciting plays I’ve seen in a long, long time.”

Francona is nominated for Best Manager again, a year after winning the award. His team was actually more dominant than the Indians team Francona took to Joe Carter Blue Jays Jersey  the World Series in 2016, winning 102 regular-season games. That was the highest single-season win total of Francona’s career, and the most in franchise history since 1954.

Antonetti took over the team’s baseball operations in 2015 after the departure of Mark Shapiro and has maintained the team’s American League ascent. He put his mark on the 2017 team with the signing of slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year deal and Minor League signings such as Jackson. He also locked up part of the team’s future before the season with a five-year extension for 2017 AL MVP nominee Jose Ramirez.

Kluber, who became the first Indians pitcher to win multiple AL Cy Young Awards when he was honored with his second trophy Wednesday night, put up the best numbers of his seven-year career in 2017. Kluber led qualified MLB starters with a 2.25 ERA and struck out a career-high 34.1 percent of batters he faced. He also set a team record by striking out at least eight batters in 14 straight games — one short of Randy Johnson’s single-season record.

Video: DET@CLE: Kluber throws shutout, extends streak

Meanwhile, Lindor has established himself as one of the premier shortstops in baseball and has an outsized personality to match. Lindor chose “Mr. Smile” as his Players Weekend nickname and is widely known for his infectious personality and, of course, wide smile.

He also came through when his club needed him most. Trailing by five in the sixth inning of American League Division Series Game 2 vs. the Yankees, Lindor stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and launched a towering fly ball that clanked off the right-field foul pole t http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Joe-Carter-Jersey o cut the deficit to one. The grand slam helped the Indians eke out an eventual 9-8 victory to put them up 2-0 in the series.

The drive sent the Cleveland crowd, and Hamilton, the Indians’ radio broadcaster, into a frenzy. “He’s done it again!” Hamilton exclaimed. A fittingly emphatic call for a truly emphatic homer.

“The way everyone battled and everyone got together, that was pretty special to watch,” Lindor said after the victory. “And [it was] one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. Follow him on Twitter at @benweinrib.


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CLEVELAND — The Indians did not surprise anyone with their dominant run during this past season, but that did not make Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  all that Cleveland accomplished any less remarkable. It is through that lens that  http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Joe-Carter-Jersey it is easy to understand why Terry Francona was one of the finalists for this year’s American League Manager of the Year Award.

In balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Francona finished second for the award, which was won by Twins skipper Paul Molitor. Astros manager A.J. Hinch and former Yankees manager Joe Girardi finished third and fourth in the voting, respectively. Molitor led the way with 18 first-place votes, while Francona received 11 of the 30 first-place votes cast.

CLEVELAND — The Indians did not surprise anyone with their dominant run during this past season, but that did not make all that Cleveland accomplished any less remarkable. It is through that lens that it is easy to understand why Terry Francona was one of the finalists for this year’s American League Manager of the Year Award.

In balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Francona finished second for the award, which was won by Twins skipper Paul Molitor. Astros manager A.J. Hinch and former Yankees manager Joe Girardi finished third and fourth in the voting, respectively. Molitor led the way with 18 first-place votes, while Francona received 11 of the 30 first-place votes cast.

“Tito is an exceptional manager, the best I’ve ever been around,” Indians general manager Mike Chernoff said at the General Managers Meetings on Tuesday. “The culture that he creates in the clubhouse and his execution of strategy on the field is unmatched in my mind. I get to be around him every day. I think he’s a mast Vintage 1993 Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter Blue Jays Throwback Home White Jersey er out there. I certainly think he deserves [the award]. He’s brought so much to the organization in so ma Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Collection Authentic Light Blue Throwback Jersey ny different ways.”

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For Francona, this marked the fourth time in his five years in Cleveland that he received votes for the  Joe Carter Blue Jays Jersey annual honor, which he took home in 2013 and ’16.

This season, Francona’s Indians ended with an AL-leading 102 victories, representing the second-highest total in a season in the franchise’s long, storied history. That also marked the best single-season win total of Francona’s managerial career, which currently includes the longest run of consecutive winning seasons (13) among active managers. Francona has also guided Cleveland to an AL-leading 454 wins in his five years at the helm.

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Cleveland’s memorable season ended with a loss to the Yankees in the AL Division Series, but was still filled with historic highlights. Among the team’s accomplishments was a 22-game winning streak that stretched between August and September,  1993 Joe Carter Jersey and marked the longest run of consecutive wins in AL history. The streak was second only to the 1916 Giants’ 26-game streak in baseball history.

“We try so hard to stay in the moment and come in every day feeling like today’s goign to be our day,” Francona said on MLB Network on Tuesday night. “It’s a little bit easier when you’re in a run like that to kind of feel that way. But one of our biggest challenges, one of the things I was most proud of was, when we lost, we came back the next week and played the same brand of baseball and we gave ourselves a chance to win every night. I was really proud of that.”

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The Tribe’s historic stretch fueled the Indians’ strong second half, which included a 55-20 record and 33 wins in the club’s final 37 games. That helped Cleveland to its second straight AL Central crown and gave Francona his ninth season with at least 90 wins (most among active managers). The postseason berth was the third in five years for the Indians under Francona and his eighth trip to the postseason in 17 years as a manager.

At the end of the season, Francona noted that this was one of the most challenging seasons for him physically. The manager missed time in July due to a minor heart procedure, which forced him to also skip his role as AL manager for the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. Bench coach Brad Mills filled in for Francona both for the games missed with Cleveland and for the AL showcase in Miami.

“It was hard physically,” Francona said. “What I felt worse about, I think, was I leaned on our coaches so much. Brad Mills, who took over and probably did better than I could. It should be the other way around. That’s why, when the season was over, I came back to Arizona. I need to get stronger and healthier, because it does take it out of you the older you get. And I want to be able to get out there. I don’t want to short-change anybody.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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CLEVELAND — The debate over the American League Most Valuable Player Award has been focused on Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and Astros catalyst Jose Altuve for the past several weeks. In the discussion, Jose Ramirez has seemingly been pushed to the background.

Ramirez is used to proving people wrong — he has been doing it all his life — and it is that attitude that has helped the Indians infielder develop into an MVP candidate. In all likelihood, Judge or Altuve will likely take home the AL MVP Award in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America when the winner is unveiled in a 6 p.m. ET special on MLB Network on Thursday night. But do not ignore all Ramirez accomplished.

CLEVELAND — The debate over the American League Most Valuable Player Award has been focused on Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and Astros catalyst Jose Altuve for the past several weeks. In the discussion, Jose Ramirez has seemingly been pushed to the background.

Ramirez is used to proving people wrong — he has been doing it all his life — and it is that attitude that has helped the Indians infielder develop into an MVP candidate. In all likelihood, Judge or Altuve will likely take home the AL MVP Award in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America when the winner is unveiled in a 6 p.m. ET special on MLB Network on Thursday night. But do not ignore all Ramirez accomplished.

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“Jose had such a great breakout year this year,” Indians general manager Mike Chernoff said.

That is why the BBWAA voters with the AL MVP Award as their task put him among the top three vote-getters, along with Judge and Altuve. In the National League, the three finalists are Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto. Among the six candidates, Ramirez ranked first in doubles (56) and was tied with Stanton for the Major League lead in extra-base hits (91).

• All-time AL MVP Award winners

Ramirez’s propensity for extra-base hits is at the heart of his MVP Award case, but there is another layer to all the statistics that the 25-year-old switch-hitter amassed.

Consider for a moment how much time Ramirez spent bouncing between second base (577 1/3 innings) and third base (736 2/3 innings) this year. He was the AL’s starter at third in the All-Star Game, won a Silver Slugger Award as a third baseman and was a finalist for a Gold Glove at the hot corner.

Video: Ramirez wins his first career AL Silver Slugger award

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“It’s amazing to s 1993 Joe Carter Jersey ee a player who’s moved around so much,” Chernoff said. “He started in left field two years ago, third base, and then even in-season moving from third to second. To be able to put up the offensive season that he did this year, it’s a huge credit to him and his dynamic athleticism.”

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Ramirez appeared in 152 games for the Indians, posting a .318/.374/.583 slash line to go with 29 home runs, 83 RBIs, 107 runs scored and 17 steals. His 56 doubles were the third most in a season in franchise history, and the most by an Indians hitter since 1926. In Tribe history, only Albert Belle (103 in 1995), Hal Trosky (96 in 1936) and Grady Sizemore (92 in 2006) managed more extra-base hits in a season than Ramirez did in 2017.

Ramirez’s .957 OPS was tied with Altuve for the third-best mark in the AL, trailing only Mike Trout (1.071) and Judge (1.049). It was the highest OPS in MLB history among players who appeared in 60 or more games at second and third base in the same season. Among his AL peers, Ramirez also ranked in the top five in average, triples, hits, runs, total bases, slugging percentage and plate appearances per strikeout.

Video: CLE@DET: Ramirez homers twice in five-hit game

When Jason Kipnis was lost t Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey o injury, Ramirez took over at second base. When Michael Brantley was lost Vintage 1993 Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter Blue Jays Throwback Home White Jersey  to injury, Ramirez took over as the team’s No. 3 hitter. And Ramirez did so without ever losing a step in the field,  http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Joe-Carter-Jersey in the batter’s box or on the bases for an Indians team that won 102 games, clinched a second straight AL Central title and won an AL-record 22 games in a row between August and September.

Maybe Judge or Altuve will win the award. Just do not forget about Ramirez.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer are remarkable pitchers. They are similar ages (Scherzer is about 20 months older than Kluber), they’re about the same size, they’re both power pitchers, and until they were each 28 years old, nobody would have predicted  Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Collection Authentic Light Blue Throwback Jersey that they would become the dominant right-handed pitchers of the past five years.

But that is exactly what has happened. Between them, they have won half of the 10 Cy Young Awards given out the last five seasons. On Wednesday, Kluber won his second Cy Young Award decisively, getting 28 of the 30 first-place votes and beating out Boston’s Chris Sale in the American League race. And Scherzer won his third award — and second National League Cy Young Award in a row — with a surprisingly one-sided vote over the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.

Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer are remarkable pitchers. They are similar ages (Scherzer is about 20 months older than Kluber), they’re about the same size, they’re both power pitchers, and until they were each 28 years old, nobody would have predicted that they would become the dominant right-handed pitchers of Joe Carter Blue Jays Jersey  the past five years.

But that is exactly what has happened. Between them, they have won half of the 10 Cy Young Awards given out the last five seasons. On Wednesday, Kluber won his second Cy Young http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Joe-Carter-Jersey  Award decisively, getting 28 of the 30 first-place votes and beating out Boston’s Chris Sale in the American League race. And Scherzer won his third award — and second National League Cy Young Award in a row — with a surprisingly one-sided vote over the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.

:: AL Cy Young Award voting totals ::

That Scherzer-Kershaw race was fascinating … we’ll get back to that in a second.

The rises of Kluber and Scherzer are very different, but as recently as 2012, you would not have bet on either one becoming an awesome force. That year, Kluber was a 26-year-old pitcher who spent most of the season in Triple-A Columbus. He had come over to Cleveland in a 2010 mid-season three-way deal, one in which he was probably the least-known player. His big league future was cloudy at best.

• Previous AL Cy Young Award winners

Scherzer, on the other hand, was already a big league regular; but stardom did not seem his destiny. The righty had been a somewhat prized prospect (he was the 11th pick in the 2006 Draft out of Missouri), but by 2012, he had established himself mainly as a sturdy pitcher but not necessarily a great one. He, like Kluber, had come over in a three-way trade. The Arizona Diamondbacks had traded him away, at least in part because they thought his violent delivery made him an injury risk. Scherzer did not get hurt, but he was only so-so his first couple of years in Detroit.

And then it all changed for both pitchers. Scherzer emerged first, having a fantastic 2013 season, going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and leading the AL in WHIP for the first time. He won his first Cy Young Award.

Kluber followed that in 2014, going 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts. He won his first Cy Young Award.

Video: Kluber, Scherzer win 2017 Cy Young Award

They have been the dominant righties in the game since, and this was probably each of their best season yet. Kluber missed four weeks in May, but still led the AL in basically everything except strikeouts. To be more specific, he led in wins (18), win percentage (.818), ERA (2.25), complete games (five), shutouts (three), WHIP (.869 — the lowest WHIP in the AL since Pedro Martinez in 2000) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.36-to-1).

Sale had a wonderful season in his own right, striking out an astonishing 308 batters in 214 innings, but he did fade in September, and it’s hard to make the argument that he had a season to match Kluber. They were clearly the two best pitchers in the AL, though. The two of them collected all of the first- and second-place votes.

Video: Kluber named 2017 AL Cy Young winner

The NL vote, meanwhile, was a a bit more interesting, even though the vote ended up being just as conclusive. Scherzer had a remarkable season. His 5.7 hits per nine innings was the lowest in baseball since, you guessed it, Pedro’s 2000 season. He also led the league in strikeouts and WHIP for the second straight season.

:: NL Cy Young Award voting totals ::

But his competition was Kershaw, who missed some time with injury but still managed to lead the NL in wins (18), ERA (2.31) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.73-to-1). Cy Young Award voters have traditionally leaned toward pitchers who lead a league in wins and strikeouts. Only once since voting began has a pitcher who led his league in wins and ERA not won the award. In 1984, Mike Boddicker led the AL in the two categories (20 wins and a 2.79 ERA) and, improbably, lost the Cy Young Award to relief pitcher Willie Hernandez, who somehow captured the voters’ imagination (Hernandez also won the MVP Award).

• Previous NL Cy Young Award winners

But despite that voting history, Scherzer not only won the NL Cy Young, he swamped Kershaw in the voting. It seems that advanced statistics were key in the voting. Instead of wins and strikeouts, voters seemed to take a deeper look at the two pitchers. They found that that Scherzer faced somewhat tougher competition, pitched his home games in a more hitter-friendly ballpark and did not have quite as good a defense behind him. Scherzer also pitched 25 more innings than Kershaw, which undoubtedly played in the voters’ minds.

When it was all added together, the voters were almost unanimously convinced that Scherzer had the better  Vintage 1993 Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter Blue Jays Throwback Home White Jersey season. Scherzer got 27 of the 30 first-place votes. I was surprised that it was that lopsided, but I think the voters got both of these right.

Joe Posnanski is a columnist for MLB.com.


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CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley and Josh Tomlin broke into the big leagues with the Indians and developed into key members of the team’s core. Now Major League veterans, they will continue to try to win a World Series with Cleveland for at least one more season.

On Friday, the Indians exercised the team options on Brantley ($12 million) and Tomlin ($3 million), keeping them in the fold for the 2018 campaign. There are questions surrounding each player’s place on the roster, but Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said the decision to pick up the options was easy when weighing all the factors at play.

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley and Josh Tomlin broke into the big leagues with the Indians and developed into key members of the team’s core. Now Major League veterans, they will continue to try to win a World Series with Cleveland for at least one more season.

On Friday, the Indians exercised the team options on Brantley ($12 million) and Tomlin ($3 million), keeping them in the fold for the 2018 campaign. There are questions surrounding each player’s place on the roster, but Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said the decision to pick up the options was easy when weighing all the factors at play.

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“Josh and Michael have been integral parts of our team for the last number of years,” Antonetti said on Friday. “And we’re excited to be able to have both guys back with us in 2018. They’ll hopefully help contribute to us winning a World Series.”

Antonetti noted that the Indians have until Monday to decide whether to exercise the $7 million team option for left-handed reliever Boone Logan. Monday is also the deadline for making a qualifying offer (one-year, $17.4 million) to any eligible free agents. Among Cleveland’ Joe Carter Blue Jays Jersey s free agents, first baseman Carlos Santana seems like the most likely candidate to receive the offer, which could net Draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm5: Santana reflects on time in Cleveland

The decision to keep Brantley in the fold was not a cut-and-dry one.

A right ankle injury limited Brantley to 90 games in 2017 and the left fielder has appeared in only 101 games in the past two seasons combined. Right shoulder and biceps problems were the culprit in ’16. Complicating matters, Brantley underwent surgery on his ailing ankle Oct. 18 and the Indians announced that the procedure comes with a four-to-five month timetable for return, Cleveland is clearly banking on a strong recovery.

“There’s a high likelihood of success with the surgery that he had performed,” Antonetti said. “So, we’re very optimistic that Michael will be able to contribute for a meaningful part of next year. And, as we’ve seen, when he’s on the field, he’s a very productive player, and we think there’s a good chance that he’ll be on the field for the majority of next year.”

Per Fangraphs, Brantley was worth 1.6 WAR in 2017, which the site projected as worth $12.6 million in terms of free-agent dollars. Teams have their own internal metrics for projecting the value of 1.0 WAR via free-agent dollars each offseason, and Brantley’s $12 million option likely falls under most club’s current projections. Using that context, it makes sense why the Indians would want to keep him in the fold.

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When heal Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey thy, the 30-year-old Brantley has been very productive. In 2014, Brantley finished third in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, adding $1 million to the ’18 team option. He backed that up with another solid showing in ’15 before the right shoulder injury surfaced late in the season. In the ’15-16 seasons combined, Brantley hit .319 with 35 homers, 90 doubles, 181 RBIs, 162 runs, more walks (112) than strikeouts (107) and an .876 OPS.

This past season, Brantley hit .299 with nine homers, 20 doubles, 52 RBIs and an .801 OPS, and was named to his second career AL All-Star team.

“Going into the season,” Antonetti said, “he had some shoulder issues that really didn’t affect him a whole lot for the majority of the season. And he performed at an exceedingly high level in the first half and earned an All-Star berth based upon that performance.”

Brantley has spent the bulk of his career with Cleveland in left field, but Antonetti was not willing to commit to a position for him Friday. Depending on how the rest of the offseason goes — right fielder Jay Bruce is a free agent, along with Santana — Brantley might be an option for first base or designated hitter. Jason Kipnis (second base or ou http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Joe-Carter-Jersey tfield) is also in wait-and-see mode for his place on the field.

“We have a variety of different ways we can configure our roster,” Antonetti said.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Tomlin earns win with two shutout frames

Tomlin, 33, went 10-9 with a 4.98 ERA in 141 innings last season, compiling 109 strikeouts against 14 walks. The righty’s 7.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranked first in the Majors among pitchers with at least 140 innings. Tomlin — the longest-tenured player in the organization — projects as a fourth or fifth starter. The Indians could also consider the righty for a relief role, depending on how the back end of the rotation shakes out in the spring.

“The decision on Josh was relatively easy,” Antonetti said, “in the sense that he brings a lot to the team both on the field in terms of his performance, but also what he brings to the clubhouse. And, where his option value was made a lot of sense.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians f Vintage 1993 Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter Blue Jays Throwback Home White Jersey or MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Below is a recap of each player’s performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year’s exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list.

Below is a recap of each player’s performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year’s exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list.

Angels
Matt Thaiss, 1B, LAA No. 3: Thaiss started at first base for the East and went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts, one to the pitcher and the other to the shortstop. Thaiss, the 16th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, played five innings in the field.

Samil De Los Santos, RHP: De Los Santos did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Astros
Kyle Tucker, OF, HOU No. 1 | MLB No. 7: Tucker showed why he’s the Astros’ top prospect with a strong showing for the East. The No. 5 overall choice in the 2015 Draft out of a Florida high school, Tucker started in right field and went 1-for-1 with a single and a walk. He played five innings in the field.

:: 2017 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game ::

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Sheldon Neuse, 3B, OAK No. 14: Neuse contributed a run-scoring single in the eighth inning and came off the bench for the East to play the final four innings at third base. After striking out in his first at-bat, Neuse sent a 2-1 pitch back up the middle to score Corey Ray with one out in the eighth.

Blue Jays
Max Pentecost, C, TOR No. 8: Pentecost, the 11th overall pick by the Blue Jays in the 2014 Draft out of Kennesaw State, made three plate appearances, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk. A backstop with a compact swing and raw power, he slashed .276/.332/.434 with nine homers at Class A Advanced Dunedin in 2017.

T.J. Zeuch, RHP, TOR No. 5: Zeuch, selected 21st overall by Toronto in the 2016 Draft, was impressive in one inning of work for the West team, striking out two as he retired the side in order. The 6-foot-7 right-hander struck out Thairo Estrada on a nasty slider, and froze No. 2 overall prospect Victor Robles with a 93.4-mph fastball on the outside corner.

Video: WEST@EAST: Zeuch fans two in strong relief appearance

Braves
Ronald Acuna, OF, ATL No. 1 | MLB No. 5: Acuna, the second-highest-rated prospect in the AFL Fall Stars Game, went 1-for-4, leading off the game with a single to left field. The 19-year-old jumped across three Minor League levels in 2017, slashing an impressive .325/.374/.522 with 21 homers in 139 games between Class A Advanced Florida and Triple-A Gwinnett.

Austin Riley, 3B, ATL No. 10: Riley entered the game as the designated hitter in place of Francisco Mejia and went 0-for-1 with a walk. While he’s prone to strike out often, he’s also shown the power stroke that led Atlanta to develop him as a hitter rather than a pitcher out of high school. Riley slashed .275/.339/.446 with 20 homers in 129 games between Class A Advanced Florida and Double-A Mississippi in 2017.

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Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 14: Toussaint tossed a scoreless seventh inning for the West team. The 16th overall selection in the 2014 Draft by the D-backs, he struggled at times with his command in ’17, posting a 4.53 ERA in 26 starts between Class A Advanced Florida and Double-A Mississippi.

Brewers
Jake Gatewood, 1B/3B, MIL No. 18: Gatewood played the final four innings at first base for the East. He grounded out to shortstop in his only at-bat.

Corey Ray, OF, MIL No. 2 | MLB No. 58: Ray started at designated hitter for the East, scored a run and went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and two strikeouts. The fifth overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Ray also stole two bases. He hit an infield single to second base on 1-2 pitch in his first at-bat, then struck out swinging in his next two at-bats before working a walk and scoring from third base on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

Cardinals
Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 27: Knizner entered the game behind the plate as a replacement for Pentecost, going 0-for-1 with a groundout to shortstop. In 2017, his second professional season, Knizner slashed .302/.349/.471 with 12 homers in 95 games between Class A Peoria and Double-A Springfield.

Sandy Alcantara, RHP, STL No. 9: Alcantara came on in the third, pitching two innings in relief of the West starter, Mitch Keller. He gave up two hits and struck out two, getting Corey Ray on a 99.1-mph fastball, and Billy McKinney with an 88.9-mph changeup, considered his second-best pitch behind the heater.

Video: WEST@EAST: Alcantara fans two over two scoreless

Jordan Hicks, RHP, STL No. 14: Hicks did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Cubs
Adbert Alzolay, RHP, CHC No. 3: Alzolay pitched the fifth inning for the East and allowed a solo home run to the second batter he faced. He issued two walks, recorded outs on the ground and in the air, and struck out the last batter he faced to end the inning.

David Bote, 2B: Bote played the final four innings at second base for the East. He lined out to third base in his only at-bat.

Jake Stinnett, RHP: Stinnett pitched a perfect seventh inning for the East. The right-hander induced a ground ball to the first batter he faced, then got a flyout and ended the frame with a three-pitch strikeout.

D-backs
Victor Reyes, OF, ARI No. 19: Reyes drove in the final run of the game for the East with a sacrifice fly to right field in the eighth inning. He came off the bench and played four innings in left field. Reyes grounded out to the pitcher in his first at-bat.

Video: WEST@EAST: Victor Reyes notches an RBI with a sac fly

Kirby Bellow, LHP: Bellow did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Dodgers
Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 5 | MLB No. 76: Diaz went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in the second to score Josh Naylor, who had tripled. The 21-year-old outfielder had a strong season in 2017 between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, slashing .292/.354/.433 with 11 home runs in 492 plate appearances. He’s working on utilizing his speed on the basepaths, having been caught in 14 of 25 stolen-base attempts.

Video: WEST@EAST: Diaz lunges to make a leaping catch

Matt Beaty, 3B/1B, LAD No. 30: Beaty, who had a strong showing for Double-A Tulsa in 2017, went 0-for-1 with a walk. A Double-A Texas League All-Star this season, he slashed .326/.378/.505 with 15 home runs in 116 games.

Giants
Tyler Cyr, RHP: Cyr earned the save for the East by pitching a perfect ninth inning to hold a two-run lead. Cyr retired the first batter he faced on a ground ball, struck out the next batter on three pitches and then got a lineout to center in a full count to end the game.

Video: WEST@EAST: Cyr retires Nicky Lopez to earn the save

Aramis Garcia, C, SF No. 8: Garcia came off the bench for the East and caught the final four innings. With Garcia behind the plate, four East pitchers combined to throw four hitless frames with five strikeouts against one walk.  

Indians
Francisco Mejia, C/DH, CLE No. 1 | MLB No. 13: The switch-hitting Mejia, who slashed .297/.346/.490 with 14 homers at Double-A Akron this season, went 1-for-2 with a double from the right side against left-hander Tanner Scott. Mejia lined a ball into right-center field in the fourth inning, with an exit velocity of 100.0 mph, hustling into second with a sliding double.

Video: WEST@EAST: Mejia hits a double in the 4th inning

Argenis Angulo, RHP: Angulo came on for the West in the eighth inning and gave up a double, a single and a walk before exiting. He was charged with three runs in 1/3 of an inning. At Class A Advanced Lynchburg in 2017, he posted a 2.29 ERA in 41 appearances (55 innings), striking out 68 and walking 27.

Mariners
Braden Bishop, OF, SEA No. 5: Bishop went 0-for-1 with a strikeout after entering the game in the sixth inning, playing center field. Known primarily for hi Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey s defensive ability in center field when drafted, Bishop turned in a strong of 1993 Joe Carter Jersey fensive season between Class A Advanced Modesto and Double-A Arkansas in 2017; he hit .306/.393/.413 with 22 steals in 119 games.

Matthew Festa, RHP: Festa tossed a 1-2-3 sixth inning for the West team, striking out a pair. The 24-year-old posted a 12.8 K/9 rate along with a 3.23 ERA in 69 2/3 innings for Class A Advanced Modesto in 2017.

Marlins
Braxton Lee, OF: Lee came off the bench for the East and played the final four innings in right field. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Lee was acquired from the Rays in June as part of the Adeiny Hechavarria trade.

Mets
Luis Guillorme, SS/3B, NYM No. 11: Guillorme played the entire game at shortstop for the East. He made all the plays defensively and helped turn a double play to end the top of the second inning. Offensively, Guillorme went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He doubled to left on a 2-0 pitch in the bottom of the eighth and then scored from second on a single to left.

Tomas Nido, C, NYM No. 9: Nido started behind the plate for the East and caught five innings. With Nido catching, East pitchers allowed two runs on five hits, with seven strikeouts and three walks. Nido threw out Ronald Acuna trying to steal second base in the first inning. At the plate, Nido went 0-for-2.

Video: WEST@EAST: Nido pops quick to nab Acuna at second

Nationals
Victor Robles, OF, WAS No. 1 | MLB No. 2: The top-ranked player in this year’s Fall League, Robles lived up to the billing in the Fall Stars Game by winning MVP honors. Robles started in center field for the East and played the entire game. He scored two runs, stole a base and finished 1-for-3 with a run-scoring single, a walk and a strikeout.

Video: WEST@EAST: Robles’ bat helps lead East, earns MVP

Orioles
Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL No. 3: Mountcastle started at third base for the East and drove in the game’s first run with a groundout to shortstop in the bottom of the first inning. Mountcastle, the 36th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, played five innings and finished 1-for-2 with a double.

Video: WEST@EAST: Mountcastle turns around 99.6-mph pitch

Tanner Scott, LHP, BAL No. 6: Scott looked great in two scoreless innings for the East, striking out four and allowing a double. The lefty took the mound to open the third inning and then struck out the side. All four strikeouts came on swings and misses. He’s in the AFL for a third straight year and was selected to the 2017 Futures Game.

Padres
Luis Urias, SS, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 48: Urias starred both offensively and defensively, hitting a go-ahead solo homer in the fifth inning, and starting a slick 6-4-3 double play in the half inning prior to that. He began the double play by diving full-extension to his left to snare a sharp ground ball and then flipping to second. The home run, which came off Cubs’ No. 3 prospect Adbert Alzolay, had an exit velocity of 107.9 mph and projected distance of 416 feet over the left-center-field wall, according to Statcast™.

Video: WEST@EAST: Urias clubs a solo home run to left field

Josh Naylor, 1B, SD No. 10: Naylor went 1-for-4, scorching a triple with an exit velocity of 107.5 mph down the right-field line in the second, and scoring the West’s first run. The 20-year-old first baseman, drafted 12th overall by the Marlins in 2015, has plus-plus raw power and has shown plate discipline in slashing .280/.346/.415 with 10 homers in 114 games between Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio in 2017.

Phillies
Cornelius Randolph, OF, PHI No. 12: The No. 15 overall pick by the Phillies in the 2015 Draft, Randolph went 0-for-1 with a deep flyout to center field (100.2-mph exit velocity, per Statcast™) after entering the game in the sixth inning. Though a shoulder injury slowed him down in 2016, Philadelphia is eager to see what a healthy Randolph can do at the plate. In 2017, he slashed .250/.338/.402 with 13 homers in 122 games, rebounding from a slow start.

J.D. Hammer, LHP, PHI No. 30: Hammer did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Pirates
Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT No. 2 | MLB No. 18: Keller made the start for the West, going two innings and giving up a run on one hit and walking two. He threw 38 pitches, 20 of which were strikes. A second-round pick by the Pir Joe Carter Jersey ates in the 2014 Draft, Keller flashed his 97-mph fastball, but he struggled with his command in the first inning, issuing both of his walks in that frame. He retired the side in order in the second.

Kevin Kramer, 2B, PIT No. 9: Though his 2017 season at Double-A Altoona was shortened due to a broken hand in June, Kramer was in the midst of a breakout season, slashing .297/.380/.500 in 53 games. He went 0-for-1 in the AFL Fall Stars Game with a groundout to first base.

Rangers
Adam Choplick, LHP: Choplick did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

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Brandon Lowe, 2B, TB No. 13: Lowe, who slashed .298/.375/.493 with 11 home runs between Class A Advanced Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery in 2017, went 0-for-2 with a walk.

Red Sox
Michael Chavis, 3B, BOS No. 2 | MLB No. 92: The 26th overall selection in the 2014 Draft, Chavis went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in the Fall Stars Game. He had a much-improved season in 2017 after struggling in his first two professional seasons. Between Class A Advanced Salem and Double-A Portland, the 22-year-old third baseman slashed .282/.347/.563 with 31 homers in 126 games.

Reds
Brennan Bernardino, LHP: Bernardino earned the win for the East with a hitless eighth inning. With the East trailing, 2-1, Bernardino entered to start the top of the eighth. He retired the first batter he faced on a ground ball, walked the next batter on four pitches and then got a pair of swinging strikeouts to end the frame. The East scored three runs in the bottom of the inning, and Bernardino was credited with the win.

Video: WEST@EAST: Bernardino fans two and picks up the win

Rockies
Yency Almonte, RHP, COL No. 10: Almonte had his sinker and slider working as he pitched a hitless sixth inning for the East. Almonte retired the first batter he faced on a popup, walked the next batter on a full count and then responded with a swinging strikeout and a grounder to end the frame.

James Farris, RHP, COL No. 21: Farris did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Royals
Nicky Lopez, SS, KC No. 11: Lopez came off the bench to play shortstop, going 0-for-2 with a groundout back to the mound and lineout to center. Though not a power hitter, he walked as many times as he struck out between Class A Advanced Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2017 (52), hitting .279/.348/.356 with 21 steals in 129 games.

Tigers
Gerson Moreno, RHP, DET No. 20: Moreno did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Twins
Tyler Jay, LHP, MIN No. 8: Jay, the sixth overall pick in the 2015 Draft, was called upon in the eighth inning for the West team, inheriting runners at first and second with one out. He gave up a single to Braden Bishop and a sacrifice fly from Victor Reyes before striking out Braxton Lee to end the inning. 

White Sox
Jace Fry, LHP: Fry did not appear in the Fall Stars Game.

Yankees
Thairo Estrada, SS, NYY No. 17: Estrada started at second base for the East and played five innings. Defensively, he started a double play to end the top of the second inning. At the plate, Estrada went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Billy McKinney, 1B/OF, NYY No. 23: McKinney started in left field for the East and went 0-for-2 with a flyout and a strikeout . McKinney, who was acquired from the Cubs in last year’s Aroldis Chapman deal, played five innings in the field.

Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY No. 4 | MLB No. 79: Sheffield started for the East and pitched two innings, allowing one run on three hits. The 31st overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Sheffield walked one and recorded two strikeouts swinging. He threw 31 pitches, the last one resulting in an inning-ending double play. Sheffield was part of the package the Yankees received from the Indians in the Andrew Miller trade last year.

Video: WEST@EAST: Sheffield on performance, upcoming season

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber barely flinched when it was revealed that he won the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night. The Indians’ ace displayed much more emotion when he took home the honor three years ago, peering away from the camera, smiling and flashing a quick thumbs up to his family. Vintage 1993 Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter Blue Jays Throwback Home White Jersey 

The lack of reaction was true to Kluber’s stoic persona, which has become as much of a trademark for the right-hander as his devastating curveball and bat-breaking sinker. It was also an indication once again that Kluber — now the lone two-time Cy Young Award recipient in Tribe history — is focused more on larger goals than individual accolades.

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber barely flinched when it was revealed that he won the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night. The Indians’ ace displayed much more emotion when he took home the honor three years ago, peering away from the camera, smiling and flashing a quick thumbs up to his family.

The lack of reaction was true to Kluber’s stoic persona, which has become as much of a trademark for the right-hander as his devastating curveball and bat-breaking sinker. It was also an indication once again that Kluber — now the lone two-time Cy Young Award recipient in Tribe histor Joe Carter Blue Jays Jersey y — is focused more on larger goals than individual accolades.

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“Regardless of how tonight went,” Kluber said, “whether I would’ve finished first, second, third, whatever it be, 2017 is in the past. I’m looking forward to 2018. I’ve been back in the gym for a while now, and I think that my full focus is on trying to put myself in a position to try to help the Tribe win a World Series.”

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Kluber’s efforts along those lines in 2017 netted him 28 of 30 possible first-place votes and 204 points in balloting for this year’s AL Cy Young Award by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Red Sox lefty Chris Sale (126 points) garnered the other two first-place tallies and finished second for the honor. Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (73) and Kluber’s teammate, righty Carlos Carrasco (43), placed third and fourth, respectively.

Nationals starter Max Scherzer (a three-time Cy Young Award winner) won in the National League, and he is now joined by Kluber among the 19 pitchers in baseball history who have earned the award  Joe Carter Jersey multiple times. Kluber (also the AL Cy Young Award winner in 2014), Cliff Lee (’08), CC Sabathia (’07) and Gaylord Perry (1972) are the only AL Cy Young Award winners in Indians history.

There is still the matter of a World Series victory, which Cleveland has not celebrated since 1948. Kluber helped power the Indians to the Fall Classic in 2016, but fell short in a seven-game defeat to the Cubs. This past season, Kluber led the charge for arguably one of the best pitching staffs in baseball history, but his struggles,  Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Collection Authentic Light Blue Throwback Jersey among other issues for the Indians, in the AL Division Series led to a quick October exit.

The missteps in the postseason do not erase all Kluber achieved, though.

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“Those individual accomplishments are always challenging,” Indians general manager Mike Chernoff said at the GM Meetings this week. “Because, in the end, we’re all seeking the team goal. At the same time, Kluber has been so consistent every year that it’s been amazing to watch, and you hope that he can get this individual accomplishment.”

Kluber got it, and did so in overwhelming fashion to cap off an overwhelming campaign.

Video: What made Kluber so effective in 2017?

With Kluber leading the way, the Indians’ pitching staff finished this past season ranked first in the Majors in ERA (3.30), Fielding Independent Pitching (3.33) and strikeout percentage (27.5 percent), among other categories. Cleveland’s staff as a whole also established single-season MLB records for strikeouts (1,614), strikeouts per nine innings (10.1) and WAR (31.7, per Fangraphs).

Kluber set the tone atop the rotation by going 18-4 with an MLB-leading 2.25 ERA, marking the first time since 1949 (Mike Garcia) that a Tribe pitcher led baseball in the statistic. In 29 starts over 203 2/3 innings, Kluber piled up 265 strikeouts compared to 36 walks, and he posted those totals despite missing most of May with a back injury. It marked the fourth straight season in which the right-hander eclipsed 200 strikeouts and 200 innings.

Video: DET@CLE: Kluber throws shutout, extends streak

Kluber also turned in five complete games, including a shutout on Sept. 12 against the Tigers. That win was the 20th within Cleveland’s AL-record 22-game winning streak.

“It’s a huge honor to win,” Kluber said. “It was an honor the first time and it’s an honor the second time. I guess that more than anything, I think for me, this kind of shows what other people in the organization have been able to do on my behalf.”

Kluber cited the work of the medical and training staff for helping him bounce back from the early-season health issues, and what he did over the final four months surely helped seal his Cy Young Award victory.

Video: Kluber rejoices upon winning 2017 AL Cy Young Award

After his return on June 1, the Indians went 75-36 and ran away with the AL Central crown, finishing with 102 victories as a team. In his 23 starts over that time period, Kluber went 15-2 with a 1.62 ERA and earned AL Pitcher of the Month awards for June, August and September. In the second half, Kluber had a 1.79 ERA in 15 starts, and he turned in the third-highest strikeout-to-walk ratio (11.8) in MLB history after the break (among pitchers with at least 100 innings).

It was enough to win the AL Cy Young Award, but winning a ring remains Kluber’s goal.

” Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey All we can do is look forward to next year,” he said, “and try to have a better finish.”

You can now make your voice heard by voting for Best Pitcher in the Esurance MLB Awards, where baseball legends, media, front-office personnel and fans come together to pick the winners, with postseason accomplishments factored in. Then tune in Friday at 8 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com as this year’s best stars and moments are revealed.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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CLEVELAND — The Indians finished this season with the second-most wins in franchise history, posted historic pitching Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  numbers and enjoyed the longest winning streak in the history of the American League. Corey Kluber and Jose Ramirez led the charge, while manager Terry Francona steered the ship.

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CLEVELAND — The Indians finished this season with the second-most wins in franchise history, posted historic pitching numbers and enjoyed the longest winning streak in the history of the American League. Corey Kluber and Jose Ramirez led the charge, while manager Terry Francona steered the ship.

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It came as no surprise then that Kluber, Ramirez and Francona were announced as finalists for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s annual awards Monday night. Kluber is up for his second AL Cy Young Award, while Ramirez and Francona are among the three top vote-getters for AL Most Valuable Player and AL Manager of the Year, respectively.

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MLB Network will roll out the BBWAA Awards with a special at 6 p.m. ET over four nights, beginning with the AL and National League Rookie of the Year Awards on Nov. 13. The Manager of the Year Awards (Nov. 14), Cy Young Awards (Nov. 15) and MVP Awards (Nov. 16) will come next, followed by MLB.com’s Esurance MLB Awards at 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 17 on MLB Network.

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Kluber, who is a finalist alongside Red Sox ace Chris Sale and Yankees ace Luis Severino, is aiming to become the first two-time winner in Indians history. The right-hander won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014, joining Cliff Lee (2008), CC Sabathia Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Collection Authentic Light Blue Throwback Jersey  (’07) and Gaylord Perry (1972) as the only Cleveland pitchers to take home the honor.

This season, Kluber finished 18-4 with an MLB-leading 2.25 ERA in 29 starts, during which he struck out 265 and walked 36 in 203 2/3 innings. Even after missing most of May with a back injury, the Tribe ace reached at least 200 innings and 200 strikeouts for the fourth consecutive season.

Kluber got off to a rough start, but came back strong on June 1 after a stint on the disabled list. From that date through the end of the regular season, Kluber went 15-2 with a 1.62 ERA and 224 strikeouts against 23 walks in 166 1/3 innings. The right-hander was named the AL’s Pitcher of the Month for June, August and September and was named to the AL All-Star team for the second straight year.

The Kluber-led Indians staff set single-season MLB pitching records in strikeouts (1,614), strikeouts per nine innings (10.1) and WAR (31.7 per Fangraphs).

Ramirez is up for the AL MVP, but has some tough competition in Houston’s Jose Altuve and New York’s Aaron Judge, who are the favorites. That does not discount what Ramirez — the AL starter at third base in the All-Star Game — did this y Vintage 1993 Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter Blue Jays Throwback Home White Jersey ear for the Indians as a second baseman, third baseman and doubles machine.

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The switch-hitter posted a .318 average with 29 homers, 83 RBIs, 107 runs scored and a Joe Carter Blue Jays Jersey n MLB-leading 56 doubles. That marked the most two-base hits in a season by an Indians hitter since 1926 (64 by George Burns). Ramirez tied Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the most extra-base hits (91) in the Majors, ranked fourth in the AL in OPS (.957) and during one stretch in June set a modern MLB record with 14 extra-base hits in a seven-game span.

Kluber  http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Joe-Carter-Jersey and Ramirez helped lead the Indians to 102 wins, which was second only to the 1954 Tribe (111 victories) in franchise history. The Tribe also set an AL record with 22 wins in a row between August and September en route to their second straight AL Central crown. That showing has Francona — the AL Manager of the Year in 2013 and ’16 with Cleveland — back in the conversation for the BBWAA’s managerial award, along with Paul Molitor and A.J. Hinch. Bobby Cox is the only back-to-back winner in the award’s history, doing so in 2004-05 with the Braves.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Tribe make Joe Carter Jersey s qualifying offer to Carlos Santana

CLEVELAND — The Indians have taken the first step in trying to keep free-agent first baseman Carlos Santana in the fold, while also protecting themselves in the event that he signs with another team this offseason.

On Monday, Cleveland extended Santana a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer for 2018, giving the first baseman at least something to consider as he weighs his options on the open market. The contract proposal also positions the Indians to potentially net an extra pick in next June’s MLB Draft, if Santana heads elsewhere. Santana has 10 days to accept or decline the offer.

CLEVELAND — The Indians have taken the first step in trying to keep free-agent first baseman Carlos Santana in the fold, while also protecting themselves in the event that he signs with another team this offseason.

On Monday, Cleveland extended Santana a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer for 2018, giving the first baseman at least something to consider as he weighs his options on the open market. The contract proposal also positions the Indians to potentially net an extra pick in next June’s MLB Draft, if S 1993 Joe Carter Jersey antana heads elsewhere. Santana has 10 days to accept or decline the offer.

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The Indians did not give a qualifying offer to setup man Bryan Shaw, who was also eligible. The team also declined the $7 million club option to retain veteran lefty Boone Logan, who will get a $1 million buyout and joins Jay Bruce, Joe Smith, Craig Breslow, Austin Jackson, Santana and Shaw among Cleveland’s free agents.

Under the latest Collective Bargaining Agrement, if Santana were to reject the Indians’ qualifying offer and then sign a contract worth at least $50 million total with a new team, Cleveland would then be eligible for a Draft pick between the first round and Competive Balance Round A in the 2018 MLB Draft. If the contract were under $50 million, the Indians’ compensatory pick would fall after Competive Balance Round B, which is after the second round.

Video: NYY@CLE Gm2: Santana lines two-run single to tie game

There is mutual interest between Santana and the Indians to keep the first baseman in Cleveland, but he is coming off a solid season and has a chance to cash in with a multiyear contract. In the previous five offseasons, only five of the http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Joe-Carter-Jersey  64 players extended qualifying offers have accepted the deal.

Santana, who will turn 32 in April, hit .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs, 37 doubles, 79 RBIs, 88 walks and 90 runs in 154 games this past season, and is a finalist for the American League Gold Glove Award for first basemen. That showing in 2017 was similar Santana’s production over the past seven years, in which he hit .249/.363/.445 with an average of 24 homers, 32 doubles, 81 RBIs, 98 walks and 79 runs in 153 games per season.

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If Santana does leave, the team will have a hole to fill at first base. Internally, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall have experience at the position. Clevela Joe Carter Blue Jays Jersey nd could also consider moving Michael Brantley to first base from left field, given his history of injury woes over the past two years. The Indians picked up Brantley’s $12 million team option for ’18 on Friday.

Like Santana, Shaw has expressed a desire Joe Carter Jersey  to stay in Cleveland, but the chances of him returning appear lower. The right-hander, who will turn 30 on Wednesday, could be in line for a multiyear contract after eclipsing 70 relief appearances for the fifth consecutive season. Shaw had a 3.52 ERA in 79 games in ’17, and has led all relievers in games (378), pitches (5,892) and innings (tied, 358 2/3) over the past five years combined.

Video: CLE@BAL: Logan strikes out Tejada swinging

Logan, 33, turned in a 4.71 ERA in 38 appearances for the Indians this past season, striking out 28 and walking nine in 21 innings as a lefty specialist. He sustained a season-ending left lat injury in July and elected to head into the offseason without having surgery. While Logan was sidelined, Tyler Olson emerged as a reliable left-handed weapon out of the bullpen for manager Terry Francona.

Other roster moves: The Indians activated right-handers Cody Anderson and Dylan Baker from the 60-day disabled list Monday. Minor League catcher Eric Haase had his contract purchased from Triple-A Columbus, putting him on Cleveland’s 40-man roster.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Indi Joe Carter Jersey ans trying to retain free agent sluggers?

CLEVELAND — The Indians caught the baseball world by surprise last winter with the blockbuster signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. As the free-agency period opens this offseason, Cleveland is facing the possibility of losing some key players, but will continue to look for external additions to strengthen a team that remains built to contend.

“Ownership has continued to give us resources beyond what we could have expected,” said Chris Antonetti, the Indians’ president of baseball operations, “to try to continue to have a winning and championship-caliber team. When we go into the offseason, I know we have a lot of decisions to make and things we need to work through, but we have a roster that’s still really talented and we’ll find ways to complement it effectively.”

CLEVELAND — The Indians caught the baseball world by surprise last winter with the blockbuster signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. As the free-agency period opens this offseason, Cleveland is facing the possibility of losing some key players, but will continue to look for external additions to strengthen a team that remains built to contend.

“Ownership has continued to give us resources beyond what we could have expected,” said Chris Antonetti, the Indians Vintage 1993 Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter Blue Jays Throwback Home White Jersey ‘ president of baseball operations, “to try to continue to have a winning and championship-caliber team. When we go into the offseason, I know we have  1993 Joe Carter Jersey a lot of decisions to make and things we need to work through, but we have a roster that’s still really talented and we’ll find ways to complement it effectively.”

Free agents: LHP Craig Breslow, OF Jay Bruce, 1B Carlos Santana, RHP Bryan Shaw, RHP Joe Smith

Arbitration-eligible: RHP Cody Allen, OF Abraham Almonte, RHP Trevor Bauer, OF Lonnie Chisenhall, RHP Zach McAllister, RHP Dan Otero, RHP Danny Salazar

Biggest potential free-agent loss
Losing Santana would be a big blow to the heart of the Tribe’s lineup and create some uncertainty about first base, but they extended a qualifying offer to him Mondnay. Encarnacion could play first, but Cleveland prefers him as the designated hitter. Chisenhall has limited experience at the position. Over the past seven years, Santana has averaged 24 homers, 32 doubles, 81 RBIs and 98 walks in 154 games with an .808 OPS, and he was a Gold Glove finalist for his defensive work this past season.

While most of the focus this winter will understandably be on Santana and Bruce, Shaw’s work in the bullpen should not be overlooked. Indians manager Terry Francona joked that it might take two relievers to replace Shaw, if he signs elsewhere. Over the past five years, Shaw leads Major League relievers in games (378), pitches thrown (5,892) and innings (tied, 358 2/3), while posting a 3.11 ERA and 3.45 FIP. Shaw was not tendered a qualifying offer by Monday’s deadline.

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Last year, Encarnacion was an obvious fit for the Indians and the team made the signing happen w Joe Carter Jersey ith a three-year, $60 million contract (the largest deal in terms of money in franchise history). This winter, two of the best fits for Cleveland might just be Santana and Bruce. The decisions on those players will impact whether the Indians’ main need is first base or corner outfield. Beyond that, shoring up the bullpen will be a priority, especially if both Shaw and Smith leave. The good news for the Tribe is that the bulk of its 102-win roster remains intact.

Wild card scenario
It has been well-documented that Jason Kipnis‘ place on the field (second base or outfield) will influence how Cleveland approaches its offsesaon maneuvering. Another scenario would be trying to see what offers might exist for Kipnis via trade. Granted, Kipnis’ value is not at an all-time high, considering he is coming off an injury-marred campaign (.705 OPS in 90 games). But when healthy, Kipnis has been an above-average hitter and is a two-time All-Star. He is set to earn $13.7 million in 2018 and $14.7  http://www.ebaseballfans.com/Joe-Carter-Jersey million in ’19, with a $16.5 million team option (or $2.5 million buyout) for ’20.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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