Indians Rumors & News

  • Indians rightly name Cody Allen, not Andrew Miller, the closer for 2017

    CBS Sports "En route to the Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, Indians manager Terry Francona rewrote the book on bullpen usage during the postseason. He brought ace setup man Andrew Miller into games as early as the fifth inning, and both Miller and closer Cody Allen were used for multiple innings. That..." February 18

  • 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announces retirement

    Sportsnaut "“The dream is over, baby.” In a recent letter to The Players’ Tribune, 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announced his retirement. After telling a story of a pick-up slow-pitch softball game, Swisher said it’s time to hang up his cleats. WHEW! That felt goooood. It’s like a weight has..." February 17

  • Indians Hire Grady Sizemore As Front Office Advisor

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have hired former Major League outfielder Grady Sizemore as an advisor to their player development staff, reports Jordan Bastian of While there’s no specific mention of Sizemore formally retiring, Bastian does reference the the playing career of Sizemore, who was a..." February 15

  • Terry Francona hasn't watched Indians' World Series Game 7 loss to Cubs

    Sporting News "Terry Francona isn't one to dwell on the past, even though he was named AL Manager of the Year this past season and his club won the AL Central en route to a World Series appearance. While the past includes the Indians' extra-inning loss to the Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series, Francona..." February 15

  • Although jobless, Coco Crisp isn’t ready to retire

    San Jose Mercury News "Coco Crisp isn’t ready to retire. That doesn’t mean that you will see him at a ballpark soon, however. It has been clear since his trade to Cleveland last Aug. 31 that the center fielder wouldn’t have a gig with the A’s – Oakland hasn’t had a spring training camp without Crisp since 2009 –..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Indians have interest in Chase Utley

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians have been busy in free agency, but they may not be finished yet. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians are “intrigued” by free agent second baseman Chase Utley. However, Cleveland already has a second baseman in Jason Kipnis, so Utley would likely have..." February 08

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17? "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Chris Antonetti never thought Cleveland Indians could afford Edwin Encarnacion, Boone Logan

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When the off-season finally began for the Indians, Chris Antonetti, trying to numb the pain of a Game 7 loss to the Cubs in the World Series, had another problem. Antonetti and his front office looked at the list of available free agents and knew who their "in a perfect world' selections would..." February 08

  • Indians Designate Austin Adams For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have designated right-handed reliever Austin Adams for assignment to make room for the addition of left-handed reliever Boone Logan, whose deal with the team is now official, reports Jordan Bastian of (Twitter link). Adams, whom the Indians chose in the fifth round of the..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Cleveland Indians invite Wily Mo Pena to camp at suggestion of Edwin Encarnacion

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Yes, the Indians have invited Wily Mo Pena to spring training. No, he will not be reporting to big-league camp. Yes, he will be reporting with the organization's minor leaguers. So just why is Pena, 35, a veteran of eight big-league seasons coming to camp at all? Well, it seems the Indians are..." February 03

  • Indians have deal with southpaw Boone Logan

    Fanrag Sports "The Cleveland Indians have reached a deal with free agent left-handed reliever Boone Logan, sources told FanRag Sports. Logan is the latest move for the defending American League champions, who also added Edwin Encarnacion earlier this offseason. The Indians previously acquired right-handed..." February 02

  • Report: Indians sign Wily Mo Pena

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Wily Mo Pena signed a minor-league deal with the Cleveland Indians, according to a report from FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. The deal will be worth $700,000 if Pena makes a return to the big leagues, according to the report. Pena, who turned 35 last week, last..." February 01

  • Report: Adam Moore resigns with Indians on minor league deal

    Scout "A barrage of injuries to Yan Gomes over the last couple of seasons forced the Cleveland Indians to look toward other options such as Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez in 2016. In fear of Gomes' troubled injury history repeating itself, the Tribe agreed to terms with catcher Adam Moore on a minor..." January 31

  • Terry Francona pledges $1 million to Arizona baseball

    Sportsnaut "Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona recently committed to a pledge of $1 million to the University of Arizona baseball program. Francona, an alumnus of the school, recently told the Arizona Athletics Department the funds will be geared towards baseball capital projects. Construction will..." January 31

  • Dodgers trade Carlos Frias to the Indians

    Hardball Talk "The Cleveland Indians have acquired righty Carlos Frias from the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Frias was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for Brett Eibner, who himself is likely to be organizational depth, so it’s..." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Report: Craig Breslow drawing interest from Blue Jays, Indians and Twins

    Hardball Talk "According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays, Indians and Twins have reportedly emerged as frontrunners to sign free agent left-hander Craig Breslow. No offers are on the table yet, however, and Rosenthal speculates that fellow free agent left-handers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins will..." January 28

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Indians to discuss Chief Wahoo logo

    CBS Sports "An ongoing source of controversy in baseball is the Indians' ongoing use of the Chief Wahoo logo The team has, without much acknowledgment, de-emphasized Wahoo in recent years, but it's still an occasional part of the team's uniform. As for the league, MLB addressed the issue in passing during..." January 27

  • Has Rob Manfred blown his best chance to get rid of Chief Wahoo?

    Hardball Talk "Back in October, as the World Series caused attention to be paid anew to the Indians racist logo, Chief Wahoo, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke about the topic at the Hank Aaron Award ceremony. His words, while carefully stated and diplomatic, were nonetheless clear. Manfred acknowledged that..." January 26

  • Cleveland to host 2019 MLB All-Star Game

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "There's a mid-to-late-'90s vibe emerging at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. The Indians will hold a press conference on Friday morning to announce that they will host the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field, multiple sources told The city last hosted the sport's..." January 26

  • Austin Jackson agrees to minor league deal with Indians

    ESPN "The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Austin Jackson, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. Jackson, who will turn 30 on Feb. 1, signed with the Chicago White Sox in the 2016 offseason but only played 2 1/2 months for them after undergoing season-ending..." January 25

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Rangers Only Interested In Mike Napoli On One-Year Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "It once seemed like the Rangers were moving swiftly toward a deal with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli, but nothing has come together as of yet. That may be because Texas is only interested in guaranteeing the veteran a single season, as’s Buster Olney reports (Insider link). It’s..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Indians sign Guyer to 2-year contract

    Fox 8 Cleveland "Outfielder Brandon Guyer has signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal includes a club option for 2019. Guyer was acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade on Aug. 1 and he provided offensive punch and defensive depth down the stretch as the Indians won the AL Central and..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • 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