Indians Rumors & News

  • Mets, Rockies, Mariners, Jays Showing Interest In Jay Bruce

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays are also interested in Bruce, Jon Heyman of FanRag tweets. Of course, the Jays nearly traded for Bruce when he was a member of the Reds in February 2016, and they went on to show interest in him again last offseason. While the Mariners are reportedly in on Bruce, Greg Johns of..." December 11

  • Cleveland Indians make offer to Carlos Santana, but they have a lot of competition

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "At least six teams are in pursuit of former Indians first baseman Carlos Santana. The Indians are one of them. In fact, they have made Santana an offer, but currently his agents are waiting for the market to form. Yes, Giancarlo Stanton is off the books, but there are a lot of other offensive..." December 11

  • Angels reportedly remain interested in Carlos Santana

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are among the teams interested in free agent Carlos Santana. Santana is one of the big bats on the market. He rejected the Cleveland Indians’ qualifying offer and is available to sign with teams as a free agent. And MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says the Angels remain..." December 06

  • Chris Antonetti on trade market evolution: “Teams are starting to value players similarly.”

    Hardball Talk "The baseball transaction landscape has certainly changed, even in just this past decade. The best players used to be available in free agency, but now that teams are signing their young, talented players to long-term contract extensions, these players typically don’t reach free agency until around..." December 06

  • Cleveland Indians, Dan Otero agree on 2-year deal with option for 2020

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians, staring at a widening hole in their bullpen, have signed right-hander Dan Otero to a two-year deal with a club option for 2020. The Tribe has set-up men Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith on the free agent market. Andrew Miller and closer Cody Allen can be free agents after the 2018 season...." December 05

  • Indians sign Michael Martinez to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "Death. Taxes. The Indians signing Michael Martinez to a minor league deal. They did it again over the weekend, giving the 35-year-old utilityman an invitation to spring training. The Indians first signed him in 2015, sent him to the Red Sox in 2016 and then brought him back a month later on..." December 04

  • Indians Agree To Minor League Deals With Neil Ramirez, Evan Marshall

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced today that they’ve signed right-handed relievers Neil Ramirez and Evan Marshall to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training. Cleveland also confirmed its previously reported signing of veteran outfielder Brandon Barnes to the same type of..." November 30

  • Mets interested in a reunion with Jay Bruce, source says

    Newsday "Baseball’s free-agent market has moved more slowly than the LIE at rush hour. But the Mets have been keeping tabs on Jay Bruce, a familiar face who would fill the need for a power bat capable of playing rightfield and first base. According to a source, the sides have expressed mutual interest..." November 30

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Brewers fill final opening on 40-man roster by claiming pitcher Dylan Baker from Cleveland

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers filled the only opening on their 40-man roster Monday by claiming right-hander Dylan Baker, who barely has pitched in the minors the past three years due to a series of injuries. Baker, 25, was designated for assignment last week by the Cleveland Indians during a series of..." November 27

  • Why the 100-win Indians, Astros and Dodgers could be even better in 2018

    ESPN "The 2017 season was extraordinary for many reasons, including this one: The Dodgers, Indians and Astros all won 100 games -- 104, 102 and 101 to be exact. It was the first season with at least two 100-win teams since 2004 and the first with three since 2003. Since the divisional era in 1969, the..." November 25

  • Bryan Shaw has received multi-year offers from 2 teams

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The hunt for free-agent Bryan Shaw is gaining speed. Two teams have made multiyear offers for the durable Shaw, who spent the last five seasons with the Indians. In those five seasons, Shaw made more appearances (378) than any reliever in the big leagues. The two offers are for at least..." November 25

  • Mets trying to pluck the workhorse behind Indians dominant bullpen

    New York Post "In a quiet holiday week, the Mets are getting a better idea about the free-agent bullpen landscape. One proven reliever is imperative to augment Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins in the late innings next season. Ideally, general manager Sandy Alderson — who has spoken about his desire..." November 23

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Indians Claim Rob Refsnyder, Designate Kyle Crockett & Dylan Baker

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced today that they’ve claimed infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder off waivers from the Blue Jays and designated left-hander Kyle Crockett and Dylan Baker for assignment. Cleveland has also selected the contracts of right-hander Julian Merryweather and infielders Willi Castro, Yu..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Red Sox, Phillies continue interest in Carlos Santana

    Sporting News "The Red Sox and Phillies have continued their interest in free agent first baseman Carlos Santana this offseason, according to Fox Sports. Santana had a .259/.363/.455 slash line last season — which was virtually similar to his 2016 numbers — while also hitting 23 home runs with 79 RBIs. A..." November 20

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Indians ace Corey Kluber wins 2017 AL Cy Young award

    CBS Sports "Wednesday night, MLB and the Baseball Writers Association of American announced Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber has won the 2017 American League Cy Young Award. Red Sox lefty Chris Sale finished second in the voting and Yankees righty Luis Severino finished third. This is the second..." November 15

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Indians President Antonetti Named Sporting News Executive of the Year

    CBS Cleveland "Cleveland Indians President Chris Antonetti has been named Sporting News‘ MLB Executive of the Year. The Indians won 102 games en route to their second straight American League Central title. The defending American League Champions bolstered their roster with the addition of DH Edwin..." November 14

  • Free agent Carlos Santana expected to reject $17.4 million qualifying offer from Cleveland Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Carlos Santana is not expected to accept a $17.4 million qualifying offer to play with the Indians next season. The Indians made the offer to Santana on Nov. 6 and he has until Thursday to accept or reject it. If he rejects it, he will have draft pick compensation tied to him. Jon Heyman of..." November 14

  • Report: Bruce seeking 5-year deal worth $80M-$90M

    Larry Brown Sports "Jay Bruce is looking to cash in on his big season. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that those inquiring about Bruce are being told he’s looking for a five-year deal worth $80-90 million. That’s not bad cash for a guy who was acquired by the Cleveland Indians from the New York Mets for so..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Cleveland Indians make Carlos Santana $17.4 million qualifying offer

    MLB.com "The Indians have taken the first step in trying to keep free-agent first baseman Carlos Santana in the fold, while also protecting themselves in the event that he signs with another team this offseason. On Monday, Cleveland extended Santana a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer for 2018,..." November 06

  • Indians decline Boone Logan's $7 million club option for 2018

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians have declined the $7 million club option on left-hander Boone Logan for 2018. The deal includes a $1 million buyout. Logan tore his left lat muscle on July 19th against the Giants and did not pitch the rest of the season. He made $6.5 million this year. The Associated Press was..." November 06

  • Cleveland Indians don't think they'll be able to keep iron-man free agent Bryan Shaw

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Bryan Shaw, the busiest reliever in the big leagues over the last five years, is not expected to be back with the Indians next year. The Indians, it has been learned, don't think that they will be able to compete with the kind of offers Shaw is expected to receive this winter on the free agent..." November 05

  • Indians Exercise Club Options Over Michael Brantley & Josh Tomlin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have announced that they have picked up the club options over both outfielder Michael Brantley and righty Josh Tomlin. The decision on Brantley, in particular, represents an important part of the team’s offseason puzzle. Entering the winter, it seemed unclear whether the Cleveland..." November 03

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Curt Young emerging as possible Callaway replacement

    Fanrag Sports "A name that has surfaced as a potential replacement for Mickey Callaway with the Cleveland Indians is former Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics pitching coach Curt Young. “Don’t be surprised if Young is reunited with Francona,” one source texted. “Very much a possibility.” The..." October 22

  • Mets to offer manager's job to Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway

    USA Today "The New York Mets have offered their managerial job to Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, according to a person with direct knowledge of the offer. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly speak about the offer...." October 22

  • Indians' Michael Brantley undergoes surgery on right ankle

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians announced Thursday that outfielder Michael Brantley underwent right ankle surgery. Brantley will need four to five months of rehab before he can resume full baseball activities. The surgery was performed Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Robert Anderson performed the arthroscopic..." October 19

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Francona: 2017 season left me 'pretty wiped out'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Indians manager Terry Francona said he's never been more "wiped out physically' after a season than this one. The season ended for the Indians on Wednesday when they lost to the Yankees, 5-2, in Game 5 of the ALDS at Progressive Field. The Indians entered the postseason as the AL's top seed..." October 14

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Twitter reacts to Indians choking away ALDS

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians went from being the hottest team in baseball and on their way to an ALCS berth to losing in the divisional round of the playoffs after choking away a 2-0 series lead to the New York Yankees. Cleveland came out and dominated the Yankees 4-0 in Game 1 behind Trevor Bauer’s..." October 12

  • Edwin Encarnacion returns to Cleveland Indians' lineup for ALDS Game 5

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "DH Edwin Encarnacion is back in the Indians' lineup for Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday night against the Yankees and Progressive Field. He was sidelined since Game 2 with a sprained right ankle. The Indians lost Games 3 and 4 without Encarnacion in the lineup. Encarnacion led the Indians with..." October 11

  • Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona 'thinks' DH Edwin Encarnacion will be ready to play in ALDS Game 5

    WKYC "The Cleveland Indians just might get some pop back in their lineup. Indians manager Terry Francona is confident designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion will play against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 2017 American League Division Series at Progressive Field Wednesday night. “I think so,”..." October 11

  • One bad pitch shows the world Indians' Andrew Miller is human

    ESPN "Andrew Miller is one of the most thoughtful, accountable players in the game, so it was entirely in character when he stood at his locker late Sunday night and embraced the role of stand-up guy. Miller towers above a crowd at 6-foot-7, 205 pounds, so that catch-all phrase has special meaning in..." October 09

  • Indians' Bauer to square off against Yankees' Severino in Game 4

    WKYC "Trevor Bauer will start for the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 of the 2017 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York Monday night. Bauer will do battle against Yankees ace Luis Severino, who has not yet pitched in the ALDS after starting..." October 09

  • Indians aren't expected to replace Edwin Encarnacion on ALDS roster

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion came into the visitor's clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on crutches with his right foot in a walking boot on Saturday afternoon, but manager Terry Francona said Encarnacion has not been ruled out of Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday night and won't be replaced on the..." October 07

  • Indians lose DH Edwin Encarnacion to ankle injury in first inning

    ESPN "Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion left Friday's American League Division Series game against the New York Yankees in the bottom of the first inning with an apparent right ankle sprain that appeared to be significant. His ankle bent at a grotesque angle as he tried to return..." October 06

  • David Ortiz Hilariously Roasts Alex Rodriguez For Picking Yankees To Beat Indians

    NESN "David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez might be co-workers now that Big Papi has been added to FOX’s Major League Baseball postseason coverage, but that doesn’t mean their rivalry has died down. The former sluggers were making their picks for the New York Yankees’ American League Division Series..." October 06

  • Yankees punished for being too miserly to pay for Jay Bruce

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder Jay Bruce is a valued member of the Indians’ outfield, but he almost became a member of the Yankees back in August. Yankees ownership was too miserly to take on the entirety of his remaining contract — a few million dollars — to acquire him from the Mets. The much smaller-market Indians..." October 06

  • Yankees use LeBron James to troll the Indians ahead of ALDS

    CBS Sports "The Yankees are fresh off a comeback win in a thrilling American League Wild Card play-in game and they're feeling good about themselves. Good enough to taunt their upcoming opponent, the AL's top dog in the Cleveland Indians. Ahead of ALDS Game 1 between the Yanks and Tribe, the Yankees'..." October 05

  • The Corey Kluber trade was minor in 2010, but it changed the Indians franchise

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's hard to imagine a more timely teaching moment than the one Indians executives Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff shared with a roomful of winter development players at Progressive Field recently. The Streak was a nightly wonder. Former prospects now making history in the big-league..." October 04