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The Toronto Blue Jays offseason is going prove the Indians Dolans are not cheap
Opinion by Tim Shirer
Obviously, the Cleveland Indians season isn't over yet, far from it with the World Series starting next Tuesday. But the Toronto Blue Jays season is over and now the offseason for them begins. But the Blue Jays offseason should be closely watched by Indians fans or should I say those people who have claimed to be Indians fans and have enjoyed calling the Dolans cheap for more than a decade. Click here for the whole story
Some thoughts on the Indians signing of Edwin Encarnacion 
The Cleveland Indians came within two runs of winning their first World Series since 1948. They did that without their best position player from 2014 and 2015, without their second best starting pitching, getting garbage time innings from their third best starting pitching in the World Series but not in the first two rounds.

Then they went ahead and added essentially the 2nd best power hitter in the American League since 2014 in terms of homers for an unprecedented amount of money for their organization in Edwin Encarnacion. A lot of factors were in play with this decision. But, essentially, the Indians upgrade Napoli to Encarnacion, should get Brantley back in the lineup, which would be adding two All-Star level hitters. Click here for the whole story
Browns sign Bitonio to long extension 

While the Browns spent the first day of the new league year signing other teams free agents, they also made sure that one of their own players, Joel Bitonio won’t reach free agency in 2018.

The team reached an agreement on a five-year, $51.2 million deal that will guarantee the 2014 second-round pick $23.7 million and keep him in orange and brown until 2022.  Click here for the whole story
2016 Indians preseason prospect rankings

Author's notes: I decided not to do a pre-season prospect ranking list last year because I didn't see enough of the system in 2015 and didn't feel I had enough information and observations to write something worth reading. I didn't get a chance to do a mid-season ranking and I at least saw enough games this year to do a list for 2017.

A couple of caveats about this list/ranking; I won't rank a player I either haven't seen or haven't had enough reports on, which is why you won't see players like Brady Aiken, Will Benson and Nolan Jones among others on my initial list. Below the list I'll offer a few thoughts on notable players I don't have ranked here. I just feel more comfortable rankings players I've seen and have good information on. If I have neither, then my ranking doesn't provide something that's worth reading. Additionally, any player that has appeared in a big league game also won't be on my list (i.e. Erik Gonzalez, Adam Plutko, Shawn Armstrong) Click here for the whole story
Browns bring in Veteran WR Kenny Britt 

While Per various reports the Cleveland Browns and former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt have agreed to terms on a free agent contract.

The deal is said to be a four-year pact worth $32.5 million.  Click here for the whole story
Browns add Zeitler and Tretter on first day of free agency 

While After losing two offensive linemen last season in free agency to begin 2016, the Cleveland Browns have set out to restock their offensive line in 2017.

On the first day of free agency, the team locked up left guard Joel Bitonio to massive $51.2 million extension and then made former Bengals right guard Kevin Zeitler the highest paid guard in NFL history when they signed him to a five-year $60 million deal with $31.5 million of that guaranteed.  Click here for the whole story
Browns MLB style front office make NBA type deal for Brock Osweiler 

In a move that stunned the NFL the Cleveland Browns have acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler from the Houston Texans via trade on Thursday.

In the deal, the Browns sent a 2017 fourth-round pick to the Texans who in return for Osweiler, a 2017 sixth-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick.While the move surprised many it is actually one of the rare deals that works out great for both parties involved. Click here for the whole story
Cleveland Browns 2017 Mock Draft 1.0 


We are 44 days from the 2017 NFL Draft and with the Cleveland Browns holding the first pick, just about anything is possible. Over the next six and a half weeks I will be posting a mock draft each week. On alternating weeks, I will post an NFL mock draft and on the other weeks I will post a Browns only mock.

*Note: Fanspeak’s mock draft simulator was used for this along with Matt Miller’s Big Board  Click here for the whole story
2017 American League East Preview

Boston Red Sox

2016: 93-69 (AL East Champs, lost in ALDS to Cleveland)
Key additions: LHP Chris Sale,1B Mitch Moreland, RP Tyler Thornburg

Key subtractions: DH David Ortiz (retired), RP Brad Ziegler, RP Koji Uehara, RP Junichi Tazawa, SP/RP Clay Bucholz, 3B Travis Shaw, INF/OF Yoan Moncada  Click here for the whole story