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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.

  • July 22 8:19 PM ET

    CBA compensation FAQ: Deadline edition

    J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Zack Cozart are pending free agents who are possible trade chips. (AP)This can be a confusing time of year in the world of baseball transactions -- and not just because some of us are sure to be duped by the occasional phony Twitter account dispensing "fake news" on the trade front. More»
  • July 21 9:55 AM ET

    Statcast scouting: A look at top trade targets

    FILE - This May 2, 2017 file photo shows Baltimore Orioles' Zach Britton pitching during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston. Britton is preparing for a much longer stay on the disabled list this time around after returning too quickly from a forearm injury. “I can’t confirm the exact number of days,” Britton told The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The scouts are out in full force this time of year, their presence at a particular ballgame purposefully reported as a potential tie-in to a non-waiver Trade Deadline deal. But there's another, newer element of scouting taking place right here at this very website. At any point in the season, the Statcast™ data available at MLB.com provides an interesting way to put what we see with our eyes into proper context. More»Castrovince on Statcast's effect on Trade Deadline
  • July 19 2:00 AM ET

    7 starters who will deal -- and may be dealt

    The Wednesday docket just happens to be loaded with starting arms that have been tied to the trade rumor mill. So here is a list of today's starters who could conceivably be on tomorrow's transaction wire. More» Gray silences Indians' bats in stellar start
  • July 18 1:16 AM ET

    Five teams who'd benefit from J.D. Martinez

    As the Trade Deadline approaches, J.D. Ramirez stands out in a crowd. Just a rental, the reigning American League Player of the Week is a 29-year-old slugger in his statistical prime who is making a laughingstock out of left-handed pitching (1.738 OPS) and entered the week with the sixth-highest overall wRC+ (164) in the game among those with 200 plate appearances (trailing only Mike Trout, Freddie Freeman, Aaron Judge, Justin Turner and Jose Altuve). More»Morosi on trade destinations for J.D. Martinez
  • July 13 9:09 PM ET

    5 trades that would benefit both sides of deal

    The summer swap season had its unofficial Opening Day in Chicago on Thursday. For the price of a $3 Ventra Card, Jose Quintana made his move from the South Side to the North. So that was fun, and there's plenty more where that came from. More» Gray tosses six frames and gives up two runs
  • July 13 8:50 PM ET

    ICYMI: Top 10 thrills from fantastic first half

    The one problem with a 2,430-game schedule, abundant with awesomeness, is that some really special stuff can too quickly become a distant memory. So we thought we'd take a moment to look back at the top moments from a 2017 season already packed with history and heroics. More» Coghlan scores by jumping over Yadi
  • July 11 3:46 AM ET

    Mills, Francona share much more than ASG role

    Indians manager Terry Francona's partnership with bench coach Brad Mills has endured nearly 40 years, and even though Francona will miss the All-Star Game with Mills as his fill-in, the fruits of their friendship will be there in the AL dugout. More»Mills reveals AL starting lineup for All-Star Game
  • July 10 8:00 PM ET

    All you need to know as top sluggers bash in Derby

    Here is a refresher on the format that will be in place for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, which takes place at 8 p.m. ET tonight at Miami's Marlins Park and broadcast on ESPN and MLB.com. More»First-round matchups set for 2017 T-Mobile HR Derby
  • July 10 10:00 AM ET

    Jose's All-Star absence profound in Miami

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez smiles as he looks out of the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)The All-Star festivities go on as planned in Miami. The metro area has its parade and FanFest and youth activities and galas galore. But something -- someone -- is missing. Someone as elemental as the Little Havana heat. More» Marlins remember Jose Fernandez
  • July 09 1:22 AM ET

    Derby seeds: Stanton, Joltin' Judge are 1-2

    We intend absolutely no disrespect to the other participants when we make the fairly obvious observation that Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are the foremost figures of the upcoming T-Mobile Home Run Derby, and they've got the seeds to show for it. More»T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Challenge
  • July 06 12:41 PM ET

    MLB Network recalls memorable '90s Indians

    Cleveland Indians Kenny Lofton, right, is greeted by his jubilant teammates after they defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-0 to capture the ALCS Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1995 at the Kingdome in Seattle. The Indians will face the Atlanta Braves in the World Series. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)"The Dynasty That Almost Was" -- a 90-minute feature that airs at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday -- is, for Tribe fans, a must-watch that, yes, will be hard to watch. More»A look back at the best of the 1995 Indians
  • July 04 10:39 AM ET

    Baseball, Fourth of July go hand in hand

    There is always something special about the intersection of America's pastime and America's birthday, with baseball serving as the backdrop for many a gathering of friends and family. More»A look back at the great baseball moments on July 4
  • June 30 3:24 PM ET

    2-way player Gimenez living in rarefied air

    Imagine, if you will, a catcher-pitcher hybrid who can also play the infield and outfield, who has more multihomer games this season than Mike Trout and who has taken Chris Sale deep. Can we agree that would be a pretty unusual player? More»Twins catcher Gimenez on when he's needed to pitch
  • June 30 12:10 PM ET

    FAQ: All you need to know about ASG rosters

    FILE - In this Wednesday, July 27, 2016, file photo, Miami Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin waves after unveiling the official logo for the 2017 All-Star Game that will be held in Miami, during a ceremony before the start of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies in Miami. The league that wins baseball's All-Star Game no longer will get home-field advantage in the World Series, which instead will go to the pennant winner with the better regular-season record. The change was included in Major League Baseball's tentative new collective bargaining agreement and disclosed early Thursday, Dec. 1, to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the deal, reached Wednesday evening in Irving, Texas, had not been announced. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)Now that all of your votes for starting position players on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot have been cast, here's a handy FAQ to guide you through the process of selecting pitchers and reserves. More»All-Star rosters to be revealed on July 2 on ESPN
  • June 29 9:54 PM ET

    Players vote on must-see Derby participants

    One of the aspects we love about the T-Mobile Home Run Derby is how much the players themselves love it. You see them gathered in foul territory -- some toting their tots, others capturing their vantage point with their cameras, all of them basking at awe at what their All-Star peers are accomplishing in that breathtaking batting-practice battle. More»Judge makes Statcast history with 2017 HR velocities
  • June 28 10:42 PM ET

    Francona bravely battles through health scares

    Francona: "The problem is my blood pressure has been going down, and that makes my heart rate go too fast." (Getty)Terry Francona went back to work Wednesday, and, 48 hours after a medical scare that required an overnight stay at the Cleveland Clinic, he was right back to the wise-cracking, gum-munching Tito we know and love. More»
  • June 28 11:03 AM ET

    Ramirez cementing #ASGWorthy status

    Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Fields in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Jose Ramirez has definitively proven his 2016 breakout with the best overall numbers among AL third basemen, but he needs help at the online ballot box to get his deserving spot in the starting lineup at the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 11 in Miami. More» Ramirez slugs two doubles and a triple
  • June 26 2:24 PM ET

    Mojo on their side, Dodgers a juggernaut

    Deep in terms of depth, versatility, brain power and newfound star power (in the form of rookie National League MVP Award candidate Cody Bellinger), the Dodgers have become the juggernaut we always knew (or feared) they could be. They are dismantling teams in this month of June, winning not just 10 straight, but 16 of their past 17 to take the top spot in baseball's best division, the NL West. More» Bellinger clubs two home runs in victory
  • December 06 9:54 PM ET

    “You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince On the day Robinson Cano got $240 million from the Mariners and Curtis Granderson got $60 million from the Mets and Scott Feldman got $30 million from the Astros, Chris Antonetti met with reporters in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field to discuss… uh… the chicken marsala lunch special? […] More»
  • November 20 3:50 AM ET

    “Tell me how do we get this thing started?”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince NOTE: This post has been updated with news of the Indians coming to an agreement with David Murphy. A small sliver of insight into the Tribe’s offseason spending strategy rests in the simple fact that when Tim Hudson fielded final offers earlier this week, the Indians had made what […] More»
  • October 03 5:48 AM ET

    A loss. And a win.

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince When it was over, and the sea of red had begun to disperse, revealing the undertow of green plastic seats, a few hundred fans remained near the home dugout, standing, applauding. This American League Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Rays did not go to plan Wednesday night. […] More»
  • September 30 8:23 PM ET

    “You’ve got to walk it, talk it, in your heart”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince The last club Terry Francona managed went 7-20 in September to complete one of the great collapses in baseball history and end his otherwise successful tenure in Boston. This Tribe club managed by Francona went 21-6 in September to complete a stunning surge that, while undoubtedly schedule-aided, rejuvenated local […] More»
  • September 29 9:58 PM ET

    “Surprise, surprise, come on open your eyes”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Totally did not see this coming. I was optimistic, but not this optimistic. I was a believer, but not this big a believer. I knew the Indians would be better this year, and not just because things couldn’t have gotten much worse than the 2012 freefall. I knew an […] More»
  • September 27 7:11 PM ET

    “One step closer to knowing”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Within a whisker of a postseason berth, the Indians are coming to the conclusion that they have no closer. Chris Perez is not a closer right now. With a 7.85 ERA, .350 average against and 1.116 OPS against in 18 1/3 innings over his last 19 appearances, he’s a […] More»
  • September 26 1:50 PM ET

    Manager of the Year?

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince A Boston beat reporter got in touch with me the other day, because he has an AL Manager of the Year vote and he wanted to make sure he did his due diligence all the candidates, rather than just circling John Farrell’s name and being done with it. He’s […] More»
  • September 24 3:26 PM ET

    “Been waiting for tonight”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Well, this figures, right? Ubaldo Jimenez arrives here as a would-be ace with so much wanted and expected from him. And for the better part of two calendar years, he stinks, quite frankly. In the 2011 playoff chase, when the Indians are desperately trying to keep pace with the […] More»
  • September 18 6:36 PM ET

    “We got one last chance to make it real”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince None of the individual narratives seem to do justice to how fun and frustrating and ecstatic and exasperating and inherently weird this Cleveland Indians season has been. The Indians return home Thursday for the final homestand of 2013. They’ve got a remaining schedule – four against Houston, two against […] More»
  • September 10 2:07 AM ET

    “Try and catch the wind”

    By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com On Twitter: @Castrovince Yan Gomes walked by, and an Indians official said, “There goes our starting catcher.” Indeed, the transition is complete. Gomes has started at catcher in 22 of the Indians’ last 36 games. Publicly, Terry Francona says what you’d expect him to say, but the proof is in the pudding […] More»
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