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2019 Schedule
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The MLB bets we would make in 2019

The Astros to win the AL West? Sure, if you like easy money. How about Yasiel Puig for MVP or the Rangers to win a playoff game? Those are just two of the long shots our writers and reporters are eyeing.


An Unprecedented Position

Buster chats with Tim Kurkjian about how the Mets are in an unprecedented position with Jacob deGrom and the surprising contract the Red Sox gave Chris Sale (7:38). Plus, he talks to Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta (35:42) before "Cap Talk" and the first weekly quiz from Todd Radom (47:05)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Francisco Lindor has already been ruled out of Cleveland's opener with a calf injury (he'll start the season on the injured list) and now Jose Ramirez was carted off the field on Sunday after fouling a ball off his knee. Ramirez finished third in the AL MVP voting in 2018 and led MLB third basemen in home runs, steals, OPS and walk rate. This could be a little break for the Twins, expected to be Cleveland's best competition in the AL Central. The Twins host the Indians in the season-opening series.

Ramirez carted off the field with a leg injury (0:53)
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X-rays negative on Indians 3B Ramirez's knee

X-rays on Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez's left leg showed no signs of a broken bone after the All-Star was carted off the field in Sunday's spring training game against the Chicago White Sox.

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Kluber to make 5th Opening Day start for Indians

Two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will start on Opening Day for Cleveland for the fifth consecutive season, matching a franchise record.

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High fly: Francona takes Indians crew skydiving

Cleveland manager Terry Francona took his first plunge from 2 miles up last week, and liked it so much he took an Indians crew with him for another skydive on Thursday.

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Gonzalez signs minor league deal with Indians

Cleveland has signed a minor league deal with free agent Carlos Gonzalez, who could help the Indians settle their outfield situation after they decided not to re-sign All-Star Michael Brantley, among other moves.


BBTN: Hinch's Gripes, Doolittle, Cards' Issues

Before hearing from Nationals RP Sean Doolittle (31:43), Buster & Tim Kurkjian discuss A.J. Hinch's gripes, strength of schedule concerns, Carlos Gonzalez's signing & much more (8:11). Plus, Derrick Goold with some "Inside Heat" on the Cardinals' spring struggles (37:20).

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Sources: CarGo, Tribe reach minor league deal

Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has agreed to a minor league deal with the Indians, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming multiple reports. If he's added to the 40-man roster, Gonzalez will get a $2 million contract in the major leagues.

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Predicting the next top-100 player for all 30 teams

From top prospects and rising young stars to bounce-back candidates, which players who missed the MLB Rank cut could soon find a place on the list?

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Indians GM Mike Chernoff called this offseason "a balancing act." The Indians basically went over budget by spending more than $300M combined the last two years and then cut costs throughout the winter in hopes of saving money while still contending for a championship and also improving their farm system. The Indians lead the AL in wins the last six years but are projected to have an Opening Day payroll of about $116M, roughly $20M less than 12 months earlier. Chernoff: "We're not a large-market team. We can't just go crazy payroll-wise. ... We needed to put ourselves in a healthier and more sustainable position financially and also infuse young talent into our system."


BBTN: Player Rankings, Stark, Yankees' Boone, More

Buster discusses ESPN's rankings of the top 100 players in baseball and much more with Jayson Stark (5:15) and Boog Sciambi (29:28). Plus, Yankees manager Aaron Boone (24:36) and Paul Hembekides dives into the numbers for "Hembo Knows" (49:23).

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.779th
Quality Starts87Tied-5th
Batting Average.2592nd
On Base Percentage.3326th
Slugging Percentage.4346th