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  • Indians, Edwin Encarnacion talking about multiyear deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians are negotiating with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion about a multiyear deal. The deal might not happen. It might fall apart in the days to come, but right now the talks have traction. Encarnacion reportedly turned down an estimated four-year $80 million offer to stay with..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Indians Sign Michael Martinez, Erik Kratz To Minors Deals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced on Thursday that they’ve signed re-signed infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez to a minor league deal and also added veteran backstop Erik Kratz on a minor league pact. Both players will be invited to Major League Spring Training. Martinez, 34, appeared in 59 games with..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Mike Napoli’s former teams all interested in reunion

    Fanrag Sports "Mike Napoli is coming off one of the finer seasons of his career, and as a result, the free agent first baseman is drawing interest from several teams. Indications are that the three most serious in their pursuits of the 35-year-old slugger are all former teams of Napoli’s — the Boston Red Sox,..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Jose Ramirez ditches trademark hairdo, Indians Twitter devastated

    Larry Brown Sports "The luscious blond locks of Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez are gone. Ramirez posted an image of himself to Twitter on Saturday showing his reversion back to a normal, plebeian hairstyle. The Indians’ official Twitter account definitely appeared to be less than thrilled to receive..." November 27

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Astros showing interest in Napoli

    CBS Sports "Earlier in the winter, we brought you news that the Astros were interested in adding either Miguel Cabrera or Edwin Encarnacion. On Sunday, another rumor surfaced linking Houston to a potential first-base type. The first baseman in question this time is erstwhile Indian Mike Napoli, according..." November 21

  • Cleveland Indians claim lefties Edwin Escobar, Tim Cooney; catcher Chris Gimenez outrighted

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Andrew Miller could have some company next season. At times during the just completed season, Miller was the only lefty on the Indians' pitching staff. On Friday, they claimed two lefties off waivers -- Edwin Escobar and Tim Cooney. They claimed Escobar from Arizona and Cooney from St. Louis...." November 20

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Indians' Terry Francona voted AL manager of the year

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians are rarely mentioned in discussions of the most talented teams in the American League, yet they have won the most games since 2013. That was Terry Francona’s first year in Cleveland, and the developments are certainly correlated. Francona’s expertise in dealing with..." November 15

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Lindor, Rizzo named Platinum Glove winners "Their gloves already gold for the first time this year, Francisco Lindor and Anthony Rizzo turned platinum Friday night. Lindor and Rizzo were presented with the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award as Major League Baseball's best overall defensive players in each league during the Gold Glove Awards..." November 12

  • Charlie Sheen: Indians ‘maybe’ lost World Series over first pitch refusal

    Sportress of Blogitude "Charlie Sheen isn’t saying the Cleveland Indians lost to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series because he wasn’t allowed to throw out a ceremonial first pitch during the Fall Classic. On the other hand, he isn’t exactly ruling it out, either. The actor, perhaps best known for playing Indians..." November 11

  • Cody Anderson Undergoes Elbow Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Indians righty Cody Anderson underwent an arthroscopic debridement of his right elbow yesterday, per a team announcement. He is expected to resume throwing in early January. If all goes well with the rehab protocol, the team expects that Anderson will be able to ramp up in Spring Training as..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Mariners showing interest in Mike Napoli

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike Napoli returning to the AL West might not actually be the craziest timeline. According to a report by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports on Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners are showing early interest in Napoli. Morosi also notes Napoli’s history with Mariners manager Scott Servais, who served as..." November 08

  • Heartbreak aside, Indians have core pieces in place for another title run in 2017

    SI "The Cubs' World Series triumph has been hailed as the beginning of a dynasty thanks to the years of control the team has over nearly every key player from this year's roster. Lost amid the celebration of Chicago's first title since 1908 is the fact that the Indians, who came so close to ending..." November 08

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • MLB to destroy Indians World Series gear instead of donating to charity

    Huffington Post "As Chicago Cubs fans celebrate the team’s long-awaited World Series win, here’s one thing most of them won’t be thinking about: What happens to all the champions gear that was made ahead of time for the Cleveland Indians? Typically, T-shirts, hats and other gear are produced for both possible..." November 07

  • Yankees' Brian Cashman gives more insight into Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman trades

    Newark Star-Ledger "At the trade deadline, jettisoning Aroldis Chapman seemed like a no-brainer for the Yankees. Dealing Andrew Miller? Not quite as obvious, but it still made sense on many levels. That didn't make the process any easier for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who couldn't simply just flip his..." November 07

  • The Indians Don’t Extend Qualifying Offer To Mike Napoli

    CBS Cleveland "The Indians have decided to not extend a qualifying offer to Mike Napoli or outfielder Rajai Davis at a cost of 17.2 million dollars. The cost is too steep, plain and simple. As much of a fan favorite as the slugging Napoli has become, the production isn’t worth the cost involved. It’s also not..." November 07

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Tribe promotes 2 to assistant general manager "The Indians' front-office structure took a hit when the Twins hired Derek Falvey as their new president of baseball operations. Falvey was so crucial to Cleveland's behind-the-scenes operations that he remained with the Tribe until the end of its World Series run. On Friday, the Indians..." November 06

  • Indians decline option on Crisp, will become free agent

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have officially declined Crisp’s option. The Indians have informed outfielder Coco Crisp that they will be declining his $13MM option for the 2017 season, tweets Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He’ll instead receive a $750K buyout and hit the open market in search of a..." November 06

  • Tribe interested in bringing back Napoli, Davis "Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis played key roles in the Indians' season, and the team has interest in bringing both veterans back for next year. Over the next few days, Cleveland's decision-makers will hold internal discussions to determine just how much they are willing to pay. By Monday, the..." November 06

  • With their core locked up, the Indians are in position to contend for years to come

    CBS Sports "There is no way to sugarcoat it: The end of the 2016 season was incredibly disappointing and heartbreaking for the Cleveland Indians. The team took a 3-1 series lead over the heavily favored Cubs in the World Series, but were unable to finish the job. The Indians instead watched the Cubs celebrate..." November 05

  • Indians' Michael Brantley expected to resume baseball activities soon, be ready for spring training

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians anticipate Michael Brantley will begin baseball activities in December, with the expectation that the left fielder will be 100 percent when spring training arrives. Of course, the team had hopes that the former All-Star would make a full recovery in time to contribute in 2016, but..." November 05

  • Cleveland Indians exercise options on manager Terry Francona, DH Carlos Santana

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Two days after the end of the World Series, the Indians have exercised the options on the contracts of manager Terry Francona and DH-first baseman Carlos Santana. The Indians exercised the 2019 and 2020 options on Francona's contract and the 2017 option on Santana's contract. Francona just..." November 04

  • Lovable losers no more: Cubs take title in 10th inning

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Going to extra innings was merely a minor inconvenience for a team that waited 108 years to win the World Series. It took a while, but for the first time in more than a century, the Chicago Cubs are the last team standing. The Cubs scored two runs in the top of the 10th..." November 03

  • Indians’ title hopes dashed as their magic runs out in Game 7 loss

    SI "They barely recognized each other after the game. They couldn’t tell whether it had been minutes or hours. They could hardly form words. Game 7 of the World Series was exhilarating, crushing, dreamlike, stunning. It took 10 innings and four and a half hours and 343 pitches and 15 runs and a..." November 03

  • World Series Game 7 was the most-tweeted game in baseball history

    Awful Announcing "We learned on Thursday that Wednesday night’s World Series Game 7 between the Cubs and Indians was the most watched baseball game in 25 years. It turns out it earned another, less-historic superlative as well: most-tweeted MLB game of all-time. If you take 10.5 million tweets and divide that..." November 03

  • Indians' Carlos Santana: Option to be picked up

    CBS Sports "The Indians will pick up the $12 million team option on Santana's contract for next season, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports. Santana hit just .192 in the postseason for the Indians, but he also set career regular-season bests in 2016 with 34 home runs, 87 RBI and an .864 OPS, so the..." November 03

  • World Series TV ratings: Epic Game 7 was off the charts

    USA Today "Wednesday night’s dramatic Game 7 of the World Series, as expected, led to some impressive ratings for Fox. The broadcast of Chicago Cubs’ 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings earned an overnight rating of 25.2, Fox announced on Thursday. It was the most-watched baseball game..." November 03

  • Indians “Desire” To Re-Sign Mike Napoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "If the Indians have it their way, there will be more parties at Napoli’s in Cleveland next season. General manager Mike Chernoff indicated before the team’s Game 7 World Series loss to the Cubs on Thursday that the Indians would like to retain impending free agent first baseman/designated hitter..." November 03

  • Ben Zobrist admits he thought of Cubs’ curse after Cleveland comeback

    Larry Brown Sports "We can talk about the Curse of the Billy Goat in the past tense now that the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series, but it was weighing on the mind of at least one player during Wednesday night’s Game 7. Ben Zobrist, the eventual MVP, admitted that the curse was on his mind as the Cleveland..." November 03

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