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Scouting Report 2012 - By the Fans, For the Fans

Help make the tenth annual survey a success by providing your opinion on Tribe fielders.

Indians Extend Working Agreement With Columbus Clippers

The Columbus Clippers will be the Cleveland Indians' AAA affiliate through 2016. This match has been great for both clubs. The Indians' AAA players play in one of the top facilities in all of the minor leagues. The response to the new ballpark and the affiliation with Cleveland has been record AAA attendance. The team has won the last two AAA National Championships. This is pretty much a no-brainer for both organizations, but it's still good to have it done.

ESPN article in BloombergBusinessweek

There's no need to spend a whole lot of time talking about ESPN, again, but I know there are strong opinions, here and I wanted to share this well-reported business story about the vaunted Worldwide Leader.

Indians DFA Duncan, recall Jeanmar Gomez

Jordan Bastian reporting the news via twitter. More on this coming...

Indians have claimed LHP Scott Maine off waivers from the Cubs. He has avg'd 11.3K/9.0IP this year...

Indians have claimed LHP Scott Maine off waivers from the Cubs. He has avg'd 11.3K/9.0IP this year for Cubs while lefties hit .130 (3-23)

Indians announce the latest dumpster diving. Looks to be a cheap potential replacement for Smith/Sipp

ESPN, MLB agree to $5.6 Billion Media Extension

Yes, campers, that's billions with a B. Deal includes digital and radio as well as TV. The deal is about double what the Network Who Shall Not Be Named pays now, and averages about $700 million/year. If, indeed the money is being distributed equally, this is about $23.3 million per club per year. This is lunch money, of course, for the Yankees, but real money for the Indians. If I'm doing the math right, this figure is up from about $11.9 million/team from the current ESPN deal. This probably also pushes up substantially the prices that will be paid for the playoffs when they come up for bid from Fox and whoever will be bidding against them, so there will probably be another jump in media fees. The ESPN package includes one Wild Card Game and, for those of you who hate the NWSNBN, here's a money quote for you: "ESPN also picked up rights to carry games featuring more popular teams, like the Yankees and Red Sox, more frequently." Update: Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk does some math and estimates that when all the deals are done, each team could have increased annual national TV income of $25 to $40 million. This is an increase in baseline money, before local TV, radio and attendance figures are considered.

25 Things You Didn't Know About Baseball

Perhaps you knew some of this, like how bad Frenchy has been for the Royals, but there's some additional fun stuff there.

Indians minor leaguer plays all 9 positions

Neat. The way this season is going, maybe the Indians should give him a call to try this in September.

Red Sox implosion

In case anyone is interested in discussing the rumored "major blockbuster" between the Dodgers and Red Sox, otherwise known as the Sox vomiting out one of the largest hairballs in recent pro sports history

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