Indians Rumors & News

  • Cleveland Indians sign 7 of 8 arbitration-eligible players; Brandon Guyer still unsigned

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians have signed all but one of their arbitration-eligible players to a contract for the 2017 season. Brandon Guyer is the lone wolf remaining in the arbitration forest. The team has exchanged proposed salary figures with Guyer. The two sides have until at least the end of the month to..." January 15

  • Indians continuing to monitor Bautista, free-agent market

    CBS Sports "Earlier this offseason, the Cleveland Indians signed designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year pact worth $60 million -- the largest contract handed out in franchise history. It stood to reason the Indians wouldn't make another big move this winter -- at least not via the free-agent..." January 15

  • Cleveland locks up Salazar, three other right-handers

    Akron Beacon Journal "The Indians’ work with their arbitration-eligible players is nearly complete. On Friday, the club reached agreements on contracts for the 2017 season with five players, leaving only one without a deal. Four pitchers — Danny Salazar ($3.4 million), Cody Allen ($7.35 million), Bryan Shaw ($4.6..." January 14

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Indians, Trevor Bauer agree to contract for 2017, avoid arbitration

    Akron Beacon Journal "The Indians and Trevor Bauer have agreed to a one-year deal for the 2017 season, thus avoiding arbitration. Bauer will be paid $3.55 million this season, as first reported by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports. Bauer, who turns 26 on Jan. 17, opened 2016 in the bullpen but..." January 12

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Manny Ramirez to play independent baseball in Japan "Manny Ramirez has agreed to sign with the Kochi Fighting Dogs of the independent Shikoku Island League Plus in Japan, according to a statement on the team's official website. The 44-year-old Ramirez played 19 Major League seasons with the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays. He..." January 09

  • There is an attendance incentive in Edwin Encarnacion’s contract

    Sportsnet "If Edwin Encarnacion‘s new contract with the Cleveland Indians results in more fans in the seats at Progressive Field, the former Toronto Blue Jays star will earn some extra cash. According to a Thursday report from Jon Heyman, Encarnacion’s guaranteed three-year, $60-million contract includes..." January 06

  • Did the Blue Jays misread the market on Edwin Encarnacion?

    Fox Sports "The one thing that remains puzzling about the Blue Jays’ handling of Edwin Encarnacion is the team’s quick pivot to Kendrys Morales in free agency. If Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, made a questionable decision by failing to seize upon the Jays’ initial four-year, $80 million offer, didn’t..." January 06

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Encarnacion: Moving on from Blue Jays 'very hard for me' "Edwin Encarnacion officially moved on from the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday when the Cleveland Indians announced their three-year deal with the slugger and unveiled him at a press conference. While Encarnacion discussed a number of topics Thursday - including why he made the decision to join..." January 05

  • Cleveland Indians three-year $60 million deal with Edwin Encarnacion is official

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians and and free agent Edwin Encarnacion are officially an item. The team announced its three-year $60 million deal with the veteran power hitter on Thursday morning. The two sides agreed to terms on Dec. 22, but Encarnacion still had to pass a physical. He did that on..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces? "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Rajai Davis, Athletics sign one-year deal worth $6 million

    SI "The Oakland Athletics have reached a one-year deal worth $6 million with outfielder Rajai Davis, the team announced. The deal was first reported by to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. Davis, 36, played a big role in the Cleveland Indians' postseason run and provided late-game heroics by tying Game..." January 04

  • After signing Encarnacion the Indians "have exhausted their budget"

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "I've been told the Cleveland Indians have already passed 10,000 in season ticket sales. That's up from about 7,500 last season -- a huge jump. The demand has been higher than they originally projected. Some veterans in the front office say this has been the most active off-season in ticket..." January 01

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Corey Kluber using his fastball to scare off animals in backyard?

    Larry Brown Sports "Hitters know better than to crowd the plate against Corey Kluber. Wild animals apparently are learning the same. WEEI’s Rob Bradford sent an odd tweet on Saturday about the Cleveland Indians pitcher using his fastball to scare away a coyote in the backyard of his new Massachusetts..." December 25

  • Orioles have interest in Napoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "With free agent first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo potentially on his way out of Baltimore, the club is showing interest in fellow unsigned slugger Mike Napoli, relays Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Several teams have eyed Napoli this offseason, though his market shrunk when his 2016 employer..." December 25

  • Beane calls Athletics' pursuit of Encarnacion 'a lot of fun'

    CSN Bay Area "Having lost out on the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, Billy Beane hardly sounded like a man scorned while discussing the topic Friday night. The A’s top baseball official led Oakland’s surprising big-money run at signing Encarnacion, the three-time All-Star slugger who eventually wound up..." December 24

  • Cleveland Indians sell nearly 200 season tickets in one day following Edwin Encarnacion deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The agreement between the Indians and free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion has caught the interest of the paying public. The Indians' offices were scheduled to close for the holidays Friday, but when news broke Thursday night that Encarnacion was coming to Cleveland on a three-year, $60 million..." December 24

  • Edwin Encarnacion’s Indians deal was finalized at Six Flags and The Nutcracker

    Fox Sports "Edwin Encarnacion on Thursday agreed to a 3-year deal with the Cleveland Indians worth $60 million in a big free-agent coup for the defending American League champions. That and some finer points about the contract breakdown are usually about all the information we get from the inside on these..." December 23

  • Encarnacion turned down $50M from Athletics

    ESPN "It took Billy Beane to get things moving. The Cleveland Indians stepped up with an uncharacteristically big offer to land Edwin Encarnacion as a free agent. But it took a late push from the Oakland A's head honcho to get things moving and push the Indians' negotiations over the..." December 23

  • Rangers boast 'strong possibility' of signing Mike Napoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "There’s a “strong possibility” that in the wake of Edwin Encarnacion’s three-year, $60MM agreement with the Indians, free-agent slugger Mike Napoli will land with the Rangers, reports’s T.R. Sullivan (on Twitter). While there’s no deal done between the two sides, Sullivan adds that there..." December 23

  • Agent: Encarnacion turned down more money to sign with Indians

    TSN "Edwin Encarnacion’s agent says the former Toronto Blue Jays slugger turned down more money to agree to a three-year, $60-million contract with Cleveland Indians. Paul Kinzer told he was with family at a Six Flags amusement park on Thursday night when he reached the deal with..." December 23

  • Orioles have interest in free-agent outfielder Rajai Davis

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles remain on the hunt to upgrade their corner outfield spots, specifically in right field, and free-agent Rajai Davis is among the players the club has interest in to fill that hole. Davis, 36, would add a speed component that the Orioles haven’t had – or prioritized – in recent years...." December 23

  • Edwin Encarnacion’s contract a good sign for Cleveland, baseball

    Fox Sports "Score one for revenue sharing. The Indians, who ranked 28th in home attendance last season, reached agreement on a three-year, $60 million contract Thursday with free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion, according to major-league sources. The Athletics, who ranked 29th, also were prominent in the..." December 23

  • Cleveland Indians sign Edwin Encarnacion to three-year contract

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians went for the shiny, expensive gift this holiday season. Now, they'll have slugger Edwin Encarnacion to plug in to the middle of their lineup. The Tribe has reportedly agreed to terms with the veteran power hitter on a three-year contract worth about $60 million. The deal includes an..." December 22

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Major League Baseball suspends four minor leaguers for using drugs

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball suspended four minor league players on Thursday for positive drug tests. The players are: Free agent pitcher Mario Alcantara, suspended 50 games for amphetamines (via Evan Drellich) Red Sox catcher Jake Romanski, suspended 50 games for amphetamines (via..." December 22

  • Find Out How Manny Ramirez Is Working On His Baseball Comeback

    Black Sports Online "The desire to play ball never quite leaves an athlete so it’s no surprise that Manny Ramirez is looking to make a comeback at the tender age of 44. Spring Training is just about a few months away and there are plenty of teams that could use Manny Ramirez in the outfield. But before we discuss..." December 22

  • Indians 'pulling out all the stops' for Encarnacion

    Fanrag Sports "Star free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion has three- and four-year offers from at least five teams, his agent, Paul Kinzer, said in an interview with FanRag Sports Wednesday. Kinzer declined to name any teams involved in the current bidding, but sources suggest the Indians are “pulling out all..." December 21

  • Cleveland Indians acquire reliever Nick Goody from New York Yankees

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "If Nick Goody is half as good as the last reliever the Indians acquired from the Yankees, Chris Antonetti ought to send Brian Cashman a thank you note. Cleveland obtained Goody, a 25-year-old right-hander, from New York on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash..." December 20

  • Indians Sign Chris Colabello

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have announced the signing of outfielder/first baseman Chris Colabello to a minor-league deal. It comes with an invitation to participate on the majors side of spring camp. Colabello, 34, recently elected free agency after being outrighted by the Blue Jays in a move that long seemed..." December 20

  • Indians' Carrasco feeling '100 percent' after offseason rehab

    CBS Sports "Carrasco (hand) said Monday that he's been throwing for two weeks and is "100 percent right now," Jordan Bastian of reports. The right-hander has been working back from a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his right hand, but should be considered fully healthy going..." December 19

  • Cleveland Indians still searching for hitter -- so what about Yandy Diaz?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "One way or the other, the Indians are going to find a hitter to play first base or DH before the 2017 season starts. They are still talking to the agents for Mike Napoli and Edwin Encarnacion. There are other free agents hitters on the market, including Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo, Chris Carter..." December 19

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Report: Colabello, Indians near minors deal

    TSN "Chris Colabello appears to have a new team. The former Toronto Blue Jays first baseman is nearing a minor league deal with Cleveland that would include an invite to spring training, according to a report from's Joe Trezza. Colabello had been on the open market since earlier this..." December 16

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • Indians drop cream alternate jerseys, continue to phase out Chief Wahoo logo

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Indians continue to phase out the Chief Wahoo logo. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians dropped their cream alternate jerseys following the 2016 season, but will keep the red block C hat. That hat will now be used with their blue jerseys. From..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • 9 MLB contenders that still have glaring holes on their rosters

    Fox Sports "The Winter Meetings featured a flurry of activity, but the trip to Maryland wasn’t one-stop shopping for every major-league team. Unlike holiday shoppers -- who are down a dozen shopping days until Dec. 25 – MLB teams still have about two months before spring training. Therefore, there is..." December 12

  • Cleveland Indians continue search for offense, touch base with Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When the Indians cast a wide net, they don't kid around. Besides free agent sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Mike Napoli, the Indians have checked in on Mark Trumbo and Jose Bautista, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Trumbo led the big leagues with 47 homers last season for Baltimore...." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Red Sox, Indians Reportedly Pursuing Mitch Moreland

    MLB Trade Rumors "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that Boston is “strongly in the mix” for Moreland. 10:17am: The Red Sox are in on first baseman Mitch Moreland, tweets Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who also notes that the Indians are in the mix for Moreland. The Rangers, according to Wilson,..." December 06