Indians Rumors & News

  • Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona gives marching orders to Jason Kipnis, Jose Ramirez

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona's meetings with Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez on Sunday were direct. Here was the main theme of Francona's meeting with Kipnis: "I said go out and be a second baseman." He carbon copied the message to Ramirez: "I told him, 'Hey, the idea is you're probably playing..." February 22

  • Indians To Sign Carlos Torres

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have agreed to a minors deal with righty Carlos Torres, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). He’ll receive an invitation to MLB camp. Torres, 35, will face a difficult task of cracking a Cleveland bullpen that has quite a few pieces in place and numerous competitors..." February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Indians to sign OF Rajai Davis to a minor-league deal

    WKYC "Remember this moment? It looks like the man who hit that memorable home run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series is coming back to Cleveland. According to's Jordan Bastian, Rajai Davis is in camp in Goodyear and is set to sign a minor league deal with the Tribe. Davis was..." February 17

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Brantley (ankle) questionable for Opening Day "While a few of the position players who reported early to camp took part in batting practice Thursday morning, Michael Brantley stood at the edge of the weight room at the team's complex. The Indians outfielder peered out at the diamond, where teammates fed off BP fastballs. Brantley is once..." February 15

  • Arbitrators rule in favor of Trevor Bauer over Cleveland Indians for 2018 salary

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It took a week, but it was worth the wait for Trevor Bauer. Bauer, who won 17 games last season, beat the Indians in arbitration. The hearing took place on Feb. 8 in Phoenix, but the result wasn't announced until Thursday because of the impact it could have on other pitchers in similar..." February 15

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • Indians, Ryan Hanigan Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians are in agreement with veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan on a minor league contract, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (Twitter links). The O’Connell Sports Management client will earn a $1.25MM base salary if he’s able to crack the Major League roster. Hanigan, 37, spent the 2017..." February 12

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Does an Encarnacion for Bradley Jr trade make sense?

    Fanrag Sports "Rumors are once again circling that the Boston Red Sox have been trying to move outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. this offseason for a power bat. First the Dodgers tried to cajole Boston to take on right fielder Yasiel Puig in a move that made little sense for the Red Sox; Puig, of course, is back..." February 12

  • Indians GM Basically Admits Jason Kipnis Isn't Part of Team's Future

    12 Up "​Well, things in Cleveland just got awkward in a hurry. After a 2017 season that saw Cleveland Indians second-baseman ​Jason Kipnis miss half the season and then play centerfield in the postseason, it seems as though Kipnis' role may be shrinking. Kipnis' offensive production has been on..." February 11

  • Son of former Indians owner Bill Veeck glad to see 'Chief Wahoo' logo will be eliminated

    ESPN "Mike Veeck, whose late father Bill owned the Cleveland Indians when they adopted the "Chief Wahoo" logo for players' uniforms in 1947, told ESPN's Outside the Lines he's pleased it will be eliminated and that he thinks his dad would approve of the move. "Bill Veeck would've been all for the..." February 10

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • Indians, Red Sox discussed Edwin-for-JBJ swap this winter

    WKYC "A potential blockbuster deal between two of the American League's best team's "died on the vine," one prominent baseball writer wrote Wednesday. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Indians and Boston Red Sox discussed a trade during the offseason that would've sent designated..." February 07

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Jim Thome wants to wear Cleveland Indians 'Block-C' cap rather than Chief Wahoo when he enters Hall of Fame

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Hall of Fame induction weekend is a few months away, but newly-elected slugger Jim Thome already knows which Cleveland Indians cap he wants to appear on his plaque in Cooperstown. And the answer might surprise some proponents of the organization's soon-to-be-retired Chief Wahoo..." February 02

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • Indians will discontinue use of Chief Wahoo for 2019 season

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Chief Wahoo, the longtime logo of the Indians, will be gone after the 2018 season. The Indians, according to the New York Times, will disassociate themselves with the logo and will no longer wear it on their uniforms or caps following the 2018 season. The logo has been a flashpoint for the team..." January 29

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • 3 starters with potential to become aces "As formulas for successful pitchers go, missing bats with strikes is a pretty good one. At the extreme end of the spectrum, it can signal dominance. At the very least, it offers a full-count fail-safe. To wit, the ability to avoid contact in the zone is generally related to the level of success..." January 28

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Cleveland Indians will go to salary arbitration with right-hander Trevor Bauer

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians, it seems, have adopted a file-and-trial approach to arbitration. It means that the next time they sit down to negotiate with right-hander Trevor Bauer, it will be in front of three arbitrators who will determine his salary for 2018. The Indians have offered $5.3 million, while..." January 24

  • Giants add Austin Jackson to re-tooled outfield

    Sporting News "The Giants have been one of the busiest teams this offseason, and they continued their activity Monday by signing outfielder Austin Jackson to a two-year deal. The contract is worth $6 million, but could reach as much as $8.5 million, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman. "We are excited..." January 22

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Lindor lands on cover of R.B.I. Baseball 18 "-- When the idea of playing baseball for a living began to take hold of Francisco Lindor's childhood dreams, he did not simply want to reach the Major Leagues. The shortstop is not shy about saying he always envisioned himself becoming one of the best players in the game, as well as an..." January 20

  • Indians and Orioles have talked Manny Machado trade

    CBS Sports "As we've known for a long time, the Orioles are open to trading star infielder Manny Machado, who's entering his walk year despite being just 25 years of age. Teams like the White Sox, Cardinals, Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, and Diamondbacks have been mentioned in connection with Machado, but thus far..." January 19

  • Indians' Miller hopes pace-of-play talks don't turn into 'ugly showdown'

    ESPN "Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller, a prominent voice in the Major League Baseball Players Association, said he hopes that MLB's plan to introduce a pitch clock in 2018 doesn't lead to a "big fight or some sort of ugly showdown,'' even though players are overwhelmingly opposed to the..." January 19

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Indians, Zach McAllister avoid arbitration on 1-year, $2.45 million deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians list of possible arbitration hearings keeps dwindling. They reached a one-year deal with Zach McAllister on Thursday worth $2.45 million to avoid arbitration. On Wednesday night, they agreed to a one-year deal with closer Cody Allen worth $10.575 million. Right-handers Trevor..." January 11

  • Mets “Nearly” Struck Trade With Indians For Jason Kipnis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets and Indians very nearly pulled off a deal that would have sent Jason Kipnis to New York, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. Upper management — Heyman hints on the Mets side — ended up scuttling a deal that seemed to be in place. Kipnis was widely rumored to be on New York’s radar last..." January 11

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Terry Francona tells MLB Network ‘odds are leaning’ toward Jason Kipnis starting at second base

    Akron Beacon Journal "One of the major question marks for the Indians in the wake of their early exit from the 2017 postseason was where to put Jason Kipnis, one of the team’s mainstays and a leader in the clubhouse, in 2018. The Indians entered the offseason with a number of different roster configurations. Some of..." January 11

  • Jay Bruce returns to Mets on 3-year deal

    New York Daily News "The slow-moving MLB free agent market finally played into the Mets favor. Slugger Jay Bruce, who went into the winter looking for an expensive long-term contract, has agreed to terms with the Mets on a three-year deal that will bring him back to Flushing, according to an industry source. The..." January 11

  • Indians, Cody Allen Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have avoided arbitration with closer Cody Allen by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $10.575MM, as Tom Withers of the Associated Press was first to report (via Twitter). Allen, a client of Meister Sports Management, had a projected arbitration salary of $10.8MM, per MLBTR contributor..." January 11

  • Source: Mets still interested in signing Jay Bruce, Addison Reed

    Newsday "The Mets haven’t made a big splash in the offseason, but that could change as the team remains interested in two of their former players, free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce and free-agent reliever Addison Reed, and still is speaking with the Pirates about outfielder Andrew McCutchen and second..." January 10

  • Kipnis expected to play 2B with Indians in 2018

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Jason Kipnis, a man without a position since the end of last season, is expected to return to second base for the Indians to start the 2018 season. Kipnis lost his job late last year due to injuries and the play of Jose Ramirez. When he came off the disabled list on Sept. 16 for the second..." January 06

  • MLB confident Puerto Rican stadium will be fixed before Indians-Twins series "As the Puerto Rican Winter League began its abbreviated schedule Friday, preparations continued for Major League Baseball's return to the island. This year's regular-season series between the Twins and Indians will be played as scheduled, despite the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria last..." January 05

  • Free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce has two multi-year offers

    SNY TV "Free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce has two multi-year offers, with another one "expected in the coming days," reports Jon Paul Morosi of, who does not have specifics regarding which teams have extended the offers. The Mets were still in contact with Bruce as of late-December, but had not yet..." January 04

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02